Haiku and cats

Haiku cat
The haiku masters often wrote about cats

On a trip to Hawaii several years ago, I wrote a lot of haiku. Something about being closer to Japan in a land influenced by Japan, I guess.  On the big island, there are bands of feral cats.  I tried to make friends.  Of course, I had no control over the situation at all.

Today I bring cheese
my little wild black cat, but
you will not be bought

The haiku masters often mentioned cats.  Issa wrote some of my favorites.

A spitting image
of his mother
the kitten

 Some of the most often quoted of Issa’s cat haiku involve the cat’s love life.

He sleeps, he wakes
he has a big yawn
the cat goes courting

Another master, Basho, also wrote about a cat and love.

Why so scrawny, cat?
starving for fat fish
or mice . . .
Or backyard love?

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Bobby Ball

I love poetry. But I'm picky. No one pays me to read and write poems. It's more of a labor of love. I guess that puts me in good company. This is a project to discover why some poems strike you deep, deep down, while others leave you cold. I've got some ideas, and I'm eager to learn. I'll show you some of mine. Maybe we'll learn something new.

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