Berni Inn

Next he told us how he’d creep

to the edge of the tip with a broken chunk

of cistern or sink raised above his head

and before letting it go,

them black rats, super quick,

big as rabbits, tails fat as rope,

gone. Other places where they usually get

and that tea time was a good time –

hardly anyone about, not many cars,

when you could hear cutlery

from opened kitchen windows.

The waitress handed us the menus.