Infestation Diary
by Andrea Rubin

Tweet and chirp these days i fear the mattress the closet the chair my own foot glimpsed peripherally i begin the days with fecal analysis is the material small large cylindrical rounded pellets rice beans pointed does it belong to a flea a mouse a coyote a cat a train in the distance belts out a louder scratching behind the bedroom wall and birds tweet there too to greet the morning and then night. i hover above the contaminated floor my toothbrush lies quarantined in the refrigerator a moth wobbles past me i scream