The average New York City
subway rat lives about 80 years
fortified by potato grease
and vigorous exercise.
Because of this, they develop
robust internal culture.
Each withstands a profusion
of menial, violent, and beautiful
daily impulses driven by endless,
repetitive, personal history.
Rats are as often killed by the subway,
as by their jobs, or by disease,
though it can be difficult to tell.
Some are captivated by shallow puddles
in which they drown themselves
whilst staring at the moon and just beginning
to grasp the meaning of a metaphor.