May 18

Haiku 866

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , May 18th, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

The cat likes dog food,

the dog prefers feline fare.

How human they are!

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Feb 16

A Cat Named Haiku

Posted: under Reviews.
Tags: , , , February 16th, 2011

by Alison

by Alison

As a long-time cat-obsessed person, there’s something I need to come clean about.

As of the past several months I seemed to have lost my love for cats. And by “cats” I mean my very own incorrigible tabby who licks up soggy parmesan from the kitchen sink, knocks over treasured breakables and paws my daughter’s glass of milk at every chance.

So yes, my cat annoys.

But thankfully,  a cute children’s picture book came to my rescue and helped change my bad attitude. Written by Mark Poulton and Illustrated by Dexter Weeks, A Cat Named Haiku chronicles the misadventures of a naughty little cat. Haiku the cat knows there are house rules, but where’s the fun in that? And like his namesake, the mayhem that this cat causes is brought to life in 5-7-5 form.

Here is one haiku that well illustrates the creative impulses of this playful feline:

Leftover ice cream

Making chocolate paw prints

Oh how I love thee…

And here is another that gives a good explanation for why those with cat DNA simply must scratch furniture to bits:

Can’t control myself

I’ve already pressed my luck

Ahhh, this feels so good

But the life of Haiku is not all fun and games for his owner Mark, who responds to feline furniture scratching and toilet bowl licking with annoyance:

“Bad kitty, get down!”

Wait Mark, let’s talk this over

Eek, water bottle!

The humor (and yes, realism) are a big part of what makes this little picture book work, not to mention the cool comic-book style illustrations in which Haiku, despite being a pill of a cat, is just utterly adorable.

Fortunately, things wrap up well between Mark and Haiku with a lesson of forgiveness. And this has inspired me to extend an olive branch to my poor cat Icarus.  We all make mistakes, right?  And seeing as how Icarus is presently snuggling my sleeping daughter with calm, peaceful purs – I think I owe him that.

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Dec 07

Haiku 706

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , December 7th, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

a kitty condo

is all I want for Christmas –

I am NOT kidding

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Nov 13

Haiku 682

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , November 13th, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

1 cat + 1 dog

1 daughter + 1 husband

= 3 children

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Oct 30

Haiku 668

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , October 30th, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

“Bella’s in the sky

flying with the birds” she says

pointing to heaven

 

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Sep 24

Haiku 632

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , September 24th, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

I feel a kinship

with those who wear cat hair all

over their clothing.

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May 31

Haiku 516

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , May 31st, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

“Stop trying to have

sex with my cat!” I bark at

my poor dog in heat.

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May 22

Haiku 507

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , , , , , May 22nd, 2010

by Kelly

by Kelly

A stiff wing rises

through the grass. Mangled Robin.

Damn cat. What a shame.

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May 16

Haiku 501

Posted: under Daily Haiku, Kelly's Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , , May 16th, 2010

by Kelly

by Kelly

neighborhood cat stalks

my back yard preying for fun —

the scent of lilacs 

 

 

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Mar 10

Haiku 434

Posted: under Alison's Haiku, Daily Haiku.
Tags: , , , , , March 10th, 2010

by Alison

by Alison

I tell my daughter

about life after old age –

spring winds in winter

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