Sonnet VII, from Immoral Sonnets, published in Sonnets, 1999, Grey Suit Editions
Two families of rats were placed inside
Some rooms which set a limit to their space.
Adequately housed, they multiplied;
Indeed, their population grew apace.
Next, overcrowding caused them to decide
That segregated rooms would not disgrace
Their nature, and each quartered in the place
Allotted them. All mating was decried.
Instead the males chose only to embrace
Their brothers, just as on the female side
The same behaviour also now applied,
Though several sat alone, without a trace
Of interest in their gender or their race:
Since when the whole community has died.