(a 100-word story)
Waiting for takeout tonight, I read in the paper that if every time you give one rat food, you give another rat electric shocks, the first rat will stop eating.
It made me remember a time in New York, when I watched some police chase a homeless man away from the front window of a sushi restaurant where I was dining.
And how that had reminded me of suppertime as a kid, when “The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite” showed Vietnam War footage on TV.
I wonder: Could you train a rat to eat while another one gets shocked?
(Originally appeared in Free Verse)