• POETS SALON

      A cat sleeping on its back with its legs up

      Sleeping Cat (Photo – Marta Chocilowska)

      – 7/03/19

      Hosted by Kath Abela Wilson

      Years ago we came home after going to a late afternoon family movie. Our cat was silent so we began to search, missing her welcome squeals in Siamese…There she was, on my daughter’s pretty ruffled bed, licking six perfect kittens. She looked up for a moment knowingly.

      her choice
      she had the bed
      for the night

      ~ Kath Abela

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      A white cat sleeping on a bed

      Dreaming Cat (Photo – Marta Chocilowska)

      Marta Chocilowska

      tonight
      a dream came to my bed
      on its soft feet
      it purred it purred it purred
      quietly straight to my ear

      at dawn
      a place on the quilt
      still keeps the shape
      and next to my pillow
      a single whisker is left

      an afternoon nap
      sun paints the tiger stripes
      on the ginger cat

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      A black and white cat looking through a window

      Polepole my cat dreaming at her favorite cat hotel window (Photo – Mariko Kitakubo)

      Mariko Kitakubo

      My sweet cat, Polepole was born in 2002. My son and I met her at the nice old fashioned cafe in Inokashira park,Tokyo. It was the season of young green leaves. She was only a baby cat. The cafe owner said, I am searching for foster parents. My son (he was 17) and I looked at each other…we already decided we wanted to be her foster parents. She was so tiny but a cheerful baby cat. She tried to talk like us! Her voice was not mew mew. She created her own Japanese sounds…”to ppu pi ru ru”

      She is 17 now, but doesn’t look like an old cat. In human time maybe 90? But she looks like a young lady cat. Her character is still very very friendly. Her name, Polepole means, “let’s go slowly!” in Swahili. My dearest Polepole, please go slowly and be happy!Love you so.

      like a wave
      up and down
      calmly…
      an old cat is sleeping
      in her other world

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      A cat with blue eyes lookingup at camera

      My Cat (Photo – Corine Timmer)

      Corine Timmer

      The One

      As I am allergic to cats, my cats live in and around the stable where they keep the rats at bay. Every now and again an abandoned, feral, or curious outsider turns up. Sometimes they fight and the loser leaves. Other times they are accepted and end up staying. In 2017, a Siamese-type tomcat entered our territory. Unlike most previous tomcats, this one was calm. There was no fighting. He didn’t demand space, he simply blended in.

      the one
      mamma cat left behind—
      spring drizzle

      But I was not as open-minded as the resident cats. I didn’t want another cat. Another cat meant trouble, extra food, disease, scent marking, and in the worst case scenario, one of my resident cats opting out. So I ignored this cat. I even tried to scare him off but he didn’t bat an eyelid. He just looked at me.

      the clouds open up
      to a sunbeam—
      I stop and stare

      When I eventually started talking to him he stuttered. It was a soft high pitched stutter; totally out of character for a big mean-looking tomcat. I called him Beckham. Beckham lived with us for one year. He died in 2018. I didn’t realize how old he was. He looked great for his age. Looking back, general relations in the stable were more harmonious when Beckham was around. Beckham built bridges and reminded me of the importance of tolerance and the wisdom of the ancients.

      long after
      in my dream
      my cat’s face

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      A cat stretching on the legs of its owner

      Dreamiy Cat (Photo – Beata Wrzal)

      Beata Wrzal

      she chooses
      her own path
      catwoman

      summer holiday
      the cat stretched out
      in the suitcase

      at the fireplace
      purring in unity
      with my cat

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      A blue eyed cat lookiing straight at camera

      Polepole at home (Photo – Mariko Kitakubo)

      Dreaming Cats: Quotes and Credits

      Marta Chociłowska lives in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. She’s a cat lover and a cyclist. Co-author of many domestic and foreign haiku anthologies, winner and judge of domestic and international haiku contests. Has publications in international haiga and haiku journals. Author of “Seasons in Polish kigo”, member of the founding committee of Polish Haiku Association and president of this association; editor of the Almanac “Migratory Birds” and The Haiku Foundation’s Haiku Registry coordinator.

      Mariko Kitakubo (a tanka poet/tanka reading performer) lives in Mitaka-city, Tokyo. She has published six books of tanka including three bilingual ones. She has also produced a CD of her tanka titled “Messages.” Mariko is an experienced performer who has presented her poetry on at least 220 occasions, 165 of them overseas. She hopes to encourage more poetry lovers worldwide to appreciate and practice tanka.

      Corine Timmer is an interior designer, animal lover, haiku poet, and a self-published author. She lives in the countryside in the south of Portugal with 5 adopted cats, 12 adopted street dogs, 3 goats, and her beloved donkey, Lolita. Corine’s haiku have won awards and her work has been published in several print and web haiku journals and anthologies. In November 2018, she published an anthology of dog haiku, to celebrate the Year of the Dog. Proceeds went (and are still going) to street dog charities in Portugal. She is currently working on an anthology of pig haiku.

      Beata Wrzal says: “I was born in Poland in 1967, educated in my hometown Deblin and in the capital – Warsaw. I came to UK in 1988 and made it my home. I have been working as a district nurse in London for the past 26 years.” Beata loves cats and her paintings and drawings, as well as her wonderful poems, continue to celebrate them.

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      A white sleeping cat with her legs on the wall

      Comfy Cat (Photo – Beata Wrzal)

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        • Kathabela Wilson

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      Comments

      1. alexnodopaka2 says:

        What a bitch

        when it’s all about cats despite that
        some dogs like me behave
        like sissies when with pussycats.

        Frankly speaking, had I the opportunity
        to post an image of my cat it would win
        four paws and tail down.

      2. Both of us can't look good...it's either me or the house says:

        I open the door
        she takes her time
        up one step
        and the next
        my dreamy cat

        Oh, yes is my dearest companion. She believes everything I do, I do for her and probably I do.

      3. joyce futa says:

        I have a dog
        had a cat
        which do I prefer
        loyalty
        or honesty

      4. diannemoritz says:

        beautiful poems…proving that “the best things in life are furry.” DDMoritz

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