Little Mouse in a Glue Trap,

I’m sorry my fingertips are not
gentle enough to close
your tiny eyelids.

How long you must have suffered.
How your miniature heart must have labored
in your toothpick ribcage.

I am sorry
this world is so unkind to the meek,
that mankind could have happened to you,
and happened, I fear, so slow.

Emily Marie Kramer is a poet and teacher from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She earned her MA in English from Ohio University. She currently resides in Harrisburg with her partner and two cats.