as i child i was told

“it takes all ages and stripes”


“You can’t tell a tiger to change his stripes” –

not to mention somehow i needed to

“earn my stripes”

but no one ever said,

“there will be stripes sleeping at your door.”

racoon catQuite independent of all idioms,

he cares neither to change his stripes,

nor if they are earned or unearned.

Yet, he changes daily,

understanding it takes all ages and all stripes

and a moment of grace under an eave in the rain

to awaken when the sun comes out.

About eteal

Reverend Teal is a minister, chaplain, artist and storyteller. She specializes in the human-animal bond and all its healing aspects.
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