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“When I First Open My Eyes”

When I First Open My Eyes by Francesco Marciuliano

When I first open my eyes

I expect to see marvels

When I first open my eyes

I expect to see splendor

When I first open my eyes

I expect to see

These four other fur balls

Who keep pushing me out of the way

To get to mom’s milk

Adopted and out of the picture!


I get a laugh every time I read poems by Francesco Marciuliano. I have three of his books thanks to my beloved granddaughter, Lindsay, who brought my attention to this author. This week I received from her the book from which this poem is taken, I Knead My Mommy. One of his other books is entitled I Could Pee On This so you can probably tell from these titles that he has quite a sense of humor.

What Jim and I marvel at is that the mother cat makes sure each kitten is fed.  She will take one or more and put them away from her for a little while so they all get a turn!

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  1. Lois Cotta

     /  February 1, 2016

    So sweet!! I love those different colored little fur balls, all lined up with their momma.

  2. Dawn Gilman

     /  February 11, 2016

    I picked up ‘I Could Pee On This’ at the Miami airport a few years ago and I love it!


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