Rats of the World Unite!


My pet rat Brian
was, at one time,
a dedicated socialist.
He carried a red card
and had been on nodding terms
with heroes like
Burgess and McLean.
He would quote Marx ad nauseum
(in English, of course)
standing on an upturned
Kraft Cheddar packet,
and had
Ratworkers of the World Unite
tattooed along his tail.

But when he was baited
by booing crowds
who rotten-egged
his girlfriend Mo
whilst marching against
Draconian legislation banning
rats in the workplace,
he decided that
if he survived
it would be his very last
Mo rat orium…

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