a mother cat will take her kittens
by the loose scruff of the neck
in so doing she fulfills her duty
to serve, and to protect

i stood and watched a former tomcat
snatch my kitten by the scruff
in the name of relative peace and quiet
i stood, and only watched

mother cats have claws and tempers
i have kept mine clipped.
but if i see the same again, by god
i will shred the tomcat into bits.