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Cat Damage

cat creeps tail high
ears flat back
eyes stretched thin
stalking kill

cat’s on the prowl scratches
on my skin evidence
she’s been at it
all night long

waking to this chaos
slashes
plants unpotted
papers shredded

cat’s purring
claws extended
padding at my blanket
to nurse herself sedate

peeling plastic from adhesive
bite the hand that feeds her
nothing is sacred
since I got this cat

wind simmers boils cat twitches
ears knowing
I’m taking care of damages
while she sleeps

© Lynnette D’anna 2019

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