Bush-Mouse

Night-stirrer,
raider of cupboards and open drawers,
skater across polished floorboards, relentless
worrier of barricades, gnawing itself bloody
for the skerricks of humans, the bush-mouse
likes Easter eggs, pistachio nuts, tubes
of Deadant, the cardboard and plastic
of tack-packets, parcels of screws,
but most of all – true
bastard of Irish
convict stock – potatoes, new
potatoes, small
and round
and hard enough
to hold in its determined paws
and crunch as, intently, passionately, ears
cocked wide for a movement from the bedroom,
it stares out the window at the giant moon.

Walking to Point Clear, Brandl & Schlesinger, 2005
http://www.brandl.com.au/poetry/walking-to-point-clear
© David Brooks