in circulation (cat haiku)

22 06 2004

every few years these things go ’round the internet again. i saved this one in case it didn’t come back, and it hasn’t in a while (at least not that i’ve seen), so when i came across it in my miscellaneous file folder, i thought i’d share. you need this in your life, even if you don’t know it. especially if you’ve known before and have forgotten. i promise. (i have no idea who originally wrote these, bts.)
#s 3 & 4 are most especially for November, even ‘though he’s had to move on from “tail of black dog” to “tail of black cat” instead…


You never feed me.
Perhaps I’ll sleep on your face.
That will show you.

You must scratch me there!
Yes, above my tail! Behold,
Elevator butt.

I need a new toy.
Tail of black dog keeps good time.
Pounce! good dog! good dog!

The rule for today:
Touch my tail, I shred your hand.
New rule tomorrow.

In deep sleep hear sound
Cat throwup hairball somewhere
Will find in morning

Grace personified,
I leap into the window.
I meant to do that.

Blur of motion, then —
Silence, me, a paper bag.
What is so funny?

The mighty hunter
Returns with gifts of plump birds —
Your foot just squashed one

You’re always typing.
Well, let’s see you ignore my
Sitting on your hands.

My small cardboard box.
You cannot see me if I
Can hide my head.

Kitty likes plastic
Confuses for litter box
Shouldn’t leave around

Small brave carnivores
Kill pine cones and mosquitoes
Fear vacuum cleaner

I want to be close
To you. Can I fit my head
inside your armpit?

Oh no! Big One
has been trapped by newspaper!
Cat to the rescue!

Humans are so strange.
Mine lies still in bed, then screams!
My claws aren’t that sharp …

The Big Ones snore now
Every room is dark and cold
Time for “Cup Hockey”


why, yes, i do post random things like this when i’ve got other things on my mind, and no, it’s not time for show & tell. go play. c’mon. “time for cup-hockey.”

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