Rat Advice

Poem, February 2019, hellopoetry.com:

The Rat by Blank

It’s a familiar sight, that is my ceiling,

When I wake in the night with a familiar feeling;

A sense of worry and a cloud of dread,

From the rat in my mind, scratching my head.

I do my best to ignore or pretend,

But sadly for me this rat’s my best friend,

He warns of a busy brain, with bad times ahead,

Caused by words unspoken and things unsaid.

He nags at joy, and cherishes sorrow –

And makes you fear the start of tomorrow.

The rat never lacks devotion,

And can turn drops of doubt into an ocean.

I hope you don’t know the scratch and the chew,

Of drifting through life, not knowing what to do –

With that gnawing rat that keeps persisting,

That you’re not living your life, but just existing.

I wish this rat wasn’t so well fed,

Cos when I see my friends he’s there in my stead.

They think that I’m angry, grumpy and mean;

But I wish they knew that I’m not what I seem.

It’s gone on so long that I’m starting to think;

That he’ll never stop and he’ll never blink.

I feel it always, in my skull where he’s sat;

The doubts in my mind, in the shape of a rat.

The rat is intelligent, but highly despised for living in garbage and sewers, and spreading diseases. Yet the domesticated rat can be a good pet. Its main aim is to rid the world of garbage created by humans.

ADVICE: It may be a time for you to acknowledge that, despite your best intentions, you might be misunderstood, disliked, hated, or even persecuted. Although difficult, I know – remain true to your purpose and shake off the haters. Tend to the small things, the details, the fine print, the coin currency, that others overlook. Sniff out the things that ‘do not smell right’ – you are on target to sniffing out the problems in the workforce, the task, the issue – the big things too, like land-mines and poisonous odours. Don’t under-estimate your importance in your attention to detail. You will eventually receive rewards for the work no-one else wants to do.

“The major difference between rats and people is that rats learn from experience.” – B.F. Skinner



Rodentia order


Long tails

Excellent sense of smell



Photographer: Martina Nicolls

REFERENCES: A combination of the following Oracle cards were used (with a dash of my own lifelong learning).

Archangel Animal Oracle Cards by Diana Cooper

L’Oracle du Peuple Animal by Arnaud Riou 

Messages From Your Animal Spirit Guides by Steven Farmer

The Druid Animal Oracle Deck by Philip & Stephanie Carr-Gomm

The Spirit Animal Oracle by Colette Baron-Reid


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