Saturday, March 25, 2006

A Smile for Saturday--Haiku for Cat Lovers

Right after I published the blog on my cat problems today, another writer posted a series of haikus about cats. Thanks to David Roth:

So you want to play.
Will I claw at dancing string?
Your ankle's closer.

I don't mind being
Teased, any more than you mind
A skin graft or two.

So you call this thing
Your "cat carrier." I call
These my "blades of death."

Your mouth is moving;
Up and down, emitting noise.
I've lost interest.

My brain: walnut-sized.
Yours: largest among primates.
Yet, who leaves for work?

Most problems can be
Ignored. The more difficult
Ones can be slept through.

Seeking solitude
I am locked in the closet.
For once I need you.

There's no dignity
In being sick - which is why
I don't tell you where.

My affection is conditional.
Don't stand up,
It's your lap I love.

Cats can't steal the breath
Of children. But if my tail's
Pulled again, I'll learn.

Toy mice, dancing yarn
Meowing sounds. I'm convinced:
You're an idiot.

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