Magic

It’s Haiku Friday. For the past 20+ years I’ve written one haiku every day. They’re not always good haiku, although some of them are excellent. (Check out my 7-book haiku series called The Haiku Book of Days.) A few years ago I added another daily practice, which I call the “daily draw.” I create some kind of image, and many times that image owes its inspiration to my daily haiku. I’m calling them “illustrated haiku” and someday the haiku and its illustration may blossom into a new haiku book. In the meantime, I’ll share a few of them here on the blog. Here’s today’s offering. Enjoy!

magic does exist
a winged cat circles the earth
catch her if you can

Deliciousness

Cat litter box Alex Terrgi here. My human says everyone’s tastes are different, which makes her sound like she’s easy to get along with. But I know this is not always true.

Take her attitude toward one of my favorite things: cat poop. I love cat poop – its taste, its smell, its shape, its general wonderfulness. So rich, so meaty. It makes me happy to roll in it, lick it, swallow it. In my opinion it’s the best thing about cats.

I have no idea why my human does not approve. So much for tolerance.

Haiku Friday: Family

AnimalsToday my haiku is from October 21st of my book A Haiku Book of Days for Animals, Birds, Insects and Other Creatures, one of a 7-book series. The haiku topic for today is “Family”:

two cats and a dog
curled in the crook of your knees
the family bed

It’s Haiku Friday again. For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose. I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog. Just write it in the Comments below. The only rules are: 1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those). That’s it.

If you’re interested in the story of how The Haiku Book of Days series came to be, check out my previous blog post here. You can purchase this book on Amazon here.

 

Uncomfortable Creatures

creature-discomfortsCondensing a short story into 140 characters is not that easy. But I’m trying. Here are some tweets I’m trying out, hopefully to encapsulate the spirit of three short stories in my collection Creature Discomforts. Tell me what you think.

Cold-eyed cats enact revenge on whisker-thief musician. “The Boogy Cats” in Creature Discomforts. #shortstories http://amzn.to/1LOOm5L

It’s not good when your clichés come to life. “Alligators” in Creature Discomforts #shortstories http://amzn.to/1LOOm5L

When purple spiders spin purple webs, women get caught. “Harvest Time” in Creature Discomforts http://amzn.to/1LOOm5L

Ghostwriting for a Dog: Side Effects

CatnipAlex Terrgi here. Here’s another way dogs are superior to cats:  we do not do drugs. We eat real food only. This does not include plant material that makes us act weird. But cats – they do not have the self control of dogs. They like to act weird, the weirder the better. This is why they like a substance called “catnip.” My human wrote a haiku about catnip, which goes like this:

scratch up the best chair
mew and purr and yowl and hiss
roll in some catnip

Now to be fair, I like bones. And I also like squeaky toys. And I like to kill birds and squirrels. But these are all natural pastimes. They do not cause side effects. My eyes do not go all wobbly and I don’t make whistley sounds and I certainly do not rip up the furniture. (Well, sometimes I rip up the squeaky toys, but that is what squeaky toys are for.) When The Cat is stoned on catnip she does all these things. And then she goes back for more – and more and more and more, until the human takes away the catnip. Then The Cat goes to sleep for sixteen hours or so, and when she wakes up she’ll do it all over again if the human lets her.

This does not seem like healthy behavior to me. I am glad I am a dog.

Haiku Friday: Cats

haiku pic 2Here’s my haiku for today, on the topic of Cats:

 

if you have a cat

you’ll learn what It’s all about –

It’s about your cat

It’s Haiku Friday again.  For the past twenty years or so, it has been my practice to write one haiku every day. Every Friday I share a haiku here, about whatever topic I happen to choose.  I invite you to write a haiku on this topic too, and share it with me and the readers of this blog.  Just write it in the Comments below.  The only rules are:  1) your haiku must be about the named topic; 2) you must follow the 5-7-5 syllable format; 3) no obscenities or hate (I will delete those).  That’s it.

 

Ghostwriting for a Dog: Why I Eat Catfood

Goody Beagle here. It has been explained to me (too many times) that cat crunchies are not good for dogs. They might make me fat or give me gas. I don’t care too much about getting fat, and I don’t care at all about gas, but my human seems to think these things are important.

My human also thinks I eat cat crunchies because I am a “garbage hound” (her words, not mine) and will eat anything with a smell. But she is wrong – this is not the reason I eat The Cat’s crunchies.

My deep dark plan is to eat all The Cat’s food in hopes that she will decide to move out.

So far, no luck. But I keep hoping. And eating.