Thursday, June 15, 2017
The cat goes out to make love
First there is this from The Writer's Almanac:
It's the birthday of Japanese poet Kobayashi Issa (books by this author), born in Kashiwabara, Japan (1763). He's one of the masters of the Japanese form of poetry called haiku, which uses 17 Japanese characters broken into three distinct units. He spent most of his adult life traveling around Japan, writing haiku, keeping a travel diary, and visiting shrines and temples across the country. By the end of his life, he had written over 20,000 haiku celebrating the small wonders of everyday life. He's a big reason haiku became so popular in Japan and around the world.
Here, one that surprised me as the "owner" of three cats -- Two Tone, Gray, and Snowball -- and made me smile this morning, and made me envious of cats, is a wonderful haiku by Issa:
Having slept, the cat gets up,
yawns, goes out
to make love.