Mouse Bites On Moving Boxes

By Dominic Loise

Nibbles naw at the compressed corrugation 

till out of style shoes shuffle past 

barely supporting their fallen arches

a whiskered nose turned up 

at chewing this fine aged leather and laces

walking by with the assistance of the worn 

wood hand me down cane from the sealed off attic

grey blur along the wall border trim

barely seen in the corner of cataract covered eyes

one last home improvement project 

stepping out on cold garage cement 

to the tool bench by the permanently parking car 

hunting by memory around well organized compartment drawers 

then giving up the search allowing something free reign

Dominic Loise (he/him) is open about and advocates for mental health awareness, as seen with his essay writing for F(r)iction. His work has appeared in Alchemic Gold Poetry Society, Alt.Ctrl.Jpg, Analogies & Allegories, Calm Down, Clementine Zine, Collective Realms, Emotional Alchemy, Goat’s Milk, Innsaei Journal, Mulberry Literary, October Hill, Ouch!, Push up Daisies!, Raven Review, Re. Collective, Refresh and Silent Auctions. Dominic was a finalist in Short Editions’ “America: Color it in” contest.  You can find Dominic on Instagram @dominic_lives.

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