Cat Scratches

Cat Scratches

Color my hands and

Splinter-stain my arms

When we play.

He thrashes

Playfully, Breathless;

Rapid wrestles beneath

My grip.

His claws

Gnaw at the skin

and he nibbles it lightly

into shreds,

Painting new and intricate


Bashful claws slash

beneath silky beds of paws and splash

Cat scratch splatter marks that

Cling to my shattered flesh.

Streams of red streak, trail

like razor blade venom in my


Slit-kissing ink blotches on my


The freshly-brewed cat scratches fade

into rough and scuffed-up scabs,

Braille bumps that spell out

Roller-coaster rage and tremor.

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