Answers to a Grade-School Biology Test

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To what order do the rats belong?

To a superior order.

Where do they make their homes?

In shelters underground below the human border.

How are their children born?

From hydrocarbon links like ours but harder.

What do they eat?

The world's unguarded larder.

Why are they dangerous to human health?

Because our health is their chief danger.

Have they any use for science?

For rodent science, yes; under the street they think

and multiply and wait till men have cleared themselves and cats from all the earth that glares at sky and there is freedom to preside for rats.

© Earle Birney