The rat licks.
In that lick is meaning. In that swipe of the tongue it learns.
Lick the rat.
The rat tastes you.
It tastes your wet skin. Delights in the fear secreted through your sweat glands. Nurtures its young with the tongue in its devouring mouth.
Taste the rat.
The rat knows you.
Now mingling with its saliva is the truth. Your emotions distilled into chemical compounds. Your thoughts given form.
Know the rat.