When the air is hot,
hanging over your body like wet laundry,
the rats come out to play.
At first they’re a visage,
a hallucination at the corner of your vision.
Zoop! — There goes one,
diving into a horde of trash,
Bop! — There goes another,
squeezing between moldy building bricks.
As the lights of the city pollute the heavens,
the rats roll out in droves,
clumsily stumbling over each other like drunken fools,
searching for sewage,
searching for stink.