Illuminated by sunshine
Caressed by a September breeze
The fastidious cat licks her paw
In the shade of the apple trees
Precise and systematic
Starting with her face
She rubs her nose from back to front
Till every hair’s in place
The paw is reapplied
The feline rubs from ear to eye
She licks the paw again
And then she starts the other side.
They wouldn’t let me take a photograph of them grooming, so here is Tosca asleep.