Life of a Rat

Hustling, bustling, keeping busy.
Nothing should be amiss,
Everything has its place,
The cage must be tidy.

This flavoured ring should be here,
This piece of apple there.
That slice of carrot in the tube,
That corn kernel in the cube.

Hopping, jumping, leaping platform to platform,
Sniffing, tutting, sneezing, scouting.
Everything is different!
Nothing where it belongs!

Scurrying, searching, frustrated.
Flavoured ring, apple, carrot, corn
All gone!
Berries, banana and pear left instead.

Hustling, bustling, fixing, replacing.
Everything stored in a new place,
The cage neat and tidy,
Perhaps this hoard will be safe.