Frankenstein Mouse


Live reading by Andy Van Scoyoc – The Lamentation Project. Click here to visit her studio.





Snap traps break backs

And furry little necks

Glue traps render them powerless

Unless they skin themselves alive

Mice removal! Immediate response!

Call now to dispose of

Neutralise, snuff, exterminate

Pick your poison mouse

Vacor, strychnine or arsenic?

It won’t hurt but you’ll bleed to death

Internally,  mustn’t scare the children

Or harm arrogant cats

Drowning in buckets

Electrocuted like criminals

There’s many ways to wipe out, execute and murder you

Slay, massacre and slaughter

Assassinate, neutralize, asphyxiate

Liquidate, lynch, annihilate

Obliterate, immolate, eradicate

Mouse, you don’t deserve to be put to death

I’m going to do the right thing

I’ll collect mouse body parts

From wicked deceptions

Frankenstein did it, so can I

Tiny head, torso and feet

Now you need a tail

Collected like macabre trophies

Mouse jigsaw complete!

A stitch in time saves nine

Ironic glue, sorry about that

Mouse Monster reconstructed

Now I’ll shock you back to life

Oh… using an electric mouse trap

See poor mouse, you cannot win

Dead or alive, you’re just






Taxidermy, by Vic and Lil Gallagher




Sharon Lawson





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  1. Snow White of the macabre ❤️. When I read this I go down two entirely different paths. On the one hand I think of us as the two-legged walking variety of a lab rat when it comes to illness becoming in essence these walking
    Frankensteins (inside and sometimes out) which then brings me to the other hand at the irony of how quick we are to wanna kill these little dudes and dudettes. (I’m guilty) I’m guessing you probably already know this but I didn’t, they are nearly as smart as humans and dogs AND did you know that these little dudes are single handedly the most important herbivore in the ecosystem? So totally not futile…Love where this took me Sharon and that precious reminder to be kind because we’re all just souls swimming in a fish bowl.

    1. Thank you so much Jenny. It’s a comic yet grim reminder that mouse lives matter! I love what you kindly said, means a lot that you discovered two pathways. I’m going to re-read it and follow your footsteps 🙂

  2. This is such a glorious piece Mouse and I literally squeal each time I reach the gloriously twisted ending. Oh, sweet irony. Shocked back to life by the very contraption set to steal it away. A delightful paradoxical ending that tops off a delightful verse. Period.

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