The best ones can’t be set on the first try,
    but kill without asking questions.
Others while appearing identical
    usually give away their bait.

The trick is to first sensitize a trap.
    Then soon after it’s laid
you’ll hear the snap and sometimes a rattle,
    the throes of its occupant.

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© 2006 Warren Farr, revised 3/18
Reprinted from Poems by an Artist.