by Steven Urquhart Bell
“Trained rats to help rescue earthquake survivors”
If caught in an earthquake or other disaster
And trapped under roof beams and rubble and plaster,
My hopes of a rescue might rest with a rat—
I don’t know how happy I’d be about that.
A rat can be trained in a very few days
To creep through debris like it’s threading a maze,
And go where dogs can’t, which is all fine and dandy—
But how would it carry a barrel of brandy?