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Stripes Close-up | by Paul Zollo
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Stripes Close-up

Our beautiful Stripes -

who we rescued when she showed up

at our door a skinny little waif kitty-

she now lives inside like a princess

along with the four kittens she birthed -

all of whom are very

loved -

but Stripes is a special love because

she was once so scared she'd slash me with

her razor-blade claws when I'd try to pet her -

now she revels in attention, and expects

a full body scratch/massage session every night -

when i first started scratching her

in places on her back no kitty can reach -

her head started darting around and her eyes

crazy with bliss -

now she is used to it, and just gives me that closed-eye

ecstasy face, which I love

and this photo I got when i was on

the floor and she happened by and the light

was perfect to show her wild and wonderful

whiskers and beautiful

stripes countenance.


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Taken on April 28, 2011