for Mishari Al-Adwani
They say this part of California
Is paradise on earth for the roof rat,
Who loves the palms & vines of the middle classes,
The ubiquitous fruits, the delectable nuts & ivy.
Just another genus struggling to become indigenous,
When it arrives they switch the menus. But it won't leave.
Palm trees (Washingtonia robusta), Santa Monica, Ca.: photo by Infratec, 2006