New York Panorama

Life in Manhattan through the eyes of an Englishman

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The Prize

The rat wrestles a bagel between the tracks,
risking the eyes of the watching crowd.
She ducks from the incoming train,
returning before it stops.

We feel her panic - how will she get it home?
The prize would feed her family for a week,
cream cheese and all, good stuff!
If it's moved before neighbors come to share.

With the rest, I board the train - we'll never know.
The rat stays with me, I'll remember her
when I find a treasure that I can't move.
Good for her, my money's on the rat!

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