Templeton

 Survivor

Labor Day weeding

we found Templeton 

hiding in the 

tiered

cinderblock 

herb garden 

between the onion chives 

and the rosemary 

black and gray 

going his way 

until Mr. Johnson spied him and became 

a maniacal Mr. McGregor smacking wildly at the ground

with a large red shovel

we demolished 

the herb garden 

such a cute Pinterest idea 

never envisioned it 

the multi-story 

rodent mansion maze 

it became 

Templeton-

a menace to 

Mr. Johnson McGregor 

but to 

Mrs. Beatrix Potter/

EB White/

Johnson 

now a homeless survivor 

of the farmer’s 

cruel garden tools 

and a champion 

among rats

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