Walled In

After Banksy:
Rats, My Wife Hates It
When I Work From Home

Rats are on the loose
climbing up the walls,
their agility well-known,
ingenuity to the fore.

They’re hardly noticeable
as you peer into the mirror
asking yourself what exists
beyond this square patch.

Is it just you and the rats?



Sue Wallace-Shaddad is studying the Newcastle University/Poetry School MA in Writing Poetry. Dempsey and Windle will publish her pamphlet A City Waking Up in October. She has poems published by London Grip, Brittle Star , Ink Sweat & Tears, Poetry Space. She writes reviews for Sphinx/Happenstance Press. Sue is Secretary of Suffolk Poetry Society.