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Claws and Gauze

by Brian Francis



I went up the stairs and there at the top
I saw a puff ball kitten a fuzzy warm sight
It screamed and it hissed dancing about
Yellow eyes focused on me for its fight
It screamed, came flying aimed at my head
Hissing and raising its claws seeking blood
I swung out my arm, claws and flesh met
The cat flung away and my blood bled

I drew in my arm and surveyed the crime
The cat’s claws left me bleeding and sore
As I turned to look at the angry fur ball
I saw it coming and running full bore
Its eyes full of hatred its cry full of scorn
Quickly, I made for the top of the steps
I readied myself for the battle to come
Blood seeping where my flesh was torn

It stopped at the crest and arching its back
It screamed loud and came at my feet
I kicked it away but it quickly returned
My efforts keeping its claws from my meat
We danced around the whole second floor
Tenacious, it didn’t slow down its attack
But kept fighting and shredding my clothes
Jumping and running I made for a door

Over the bed and across the quilt I sprung
Unexpected the cat fell behind; still it came
The door slammed shut in the nick of time
It screamed its terrible rage, I did the same
In the bathroom I washed away the gore
And I bandaged my whole forearm in gauze
Cleaned up the hall - bloody mess on the walls
While the cat screamed and threatened more



08/17/2018

Posted on 08/17/2018
Copyright © 2018 Brian Francis

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 08/18/18 at 04:15 AM

Eek! Demented kitten - what happened to the warm and fuzzy!? I'd say you lost this round. I keep thinking of Stephen King's Pet Cemetery or The Lady and the Tiger ends badly. ;) Vivid descriptions, playful rhyming. Thanks, Brian!

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