The Third I

Words and Images by Marshall Arisman

Cat Haiku

We once had a cat

       Who was so mean we wonder

Why we loved her more

                                Dee Ito

Cat Haiku

Talking to some cats

        Makes one feel less neurotic

Until the talk back

                                Dee Ito

Cat Haiku

A bereft grey mouse

      Lies bedraggled at my feet

A gift of friendship

                                Dee Ito

Cat Haiku

Her long, lithe body

   Stretches out eager to yield

Control for beauty

                                Dee Ito

Cat Haiku

Telling your cat lies

       About reality is

The way to stay sane

                                Dee Ito

Cat Haiku

If you ask your cat

       What to wear to work today

Expect an answer

                                Dee Ito

Cat Haiku

“Bad cat!” we shout out

        As she pees on the pillow

Our fault, we left her

                                Dee Ito

Cat Haiku

     Invented by cats

The nap is a refreshment

    For body and soul

                                Dee Ito

Cat Haiku

In a few short months

    A kitten becomes a cat

I think I missed it

                                Dee Ito

Cat Haikus

The haiku – ancient Japanese poetry form – was originally created to serve as a means of illumination in Zen Buddhism.  In these times illumination is difficult to come by.  Cats, however, serve quite nicely to enlighten us.

My wife, Dee Ito, has used the strict form of the haiku.  Seventeen syllables in three lines – 5 in the first, 7 in the second, and 5 in the third.  I did the drawings.

For the next several weeks I will post the illustrated cat haikus knowing that people passionate about cats are already on the path to enlightenment.