Nicholas Barnes, “river rat”

Nicholas Barnes earned a Bachelor of Arts in English at Southern Oregon University. He is currently working as an editor in Portland, and enjoys music, museums, movie theaters, and rain. His least favorite season is summer. His favorite soda is RC Cola.

orange line

river rat

The rodent was rather large,
the third I’d seen that month.

It ran through the parking lot
behind Dante’s.

I told that nice lady Nikki
I have quite the eye for rats.

But hey, let’s give this town
the benefit of the doubt.

Vermin ain’t bad,
just misunderstood.

And we were on the shores
of the Willamette, after all.





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