Cat Haiku

(See bottom of page for references to more cat haiku)

Far off, cat spots bird
Careful steps, intense focus
Don't let bird escape

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.

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
Terrible battle.
I fought for hours. Come and see!
What's a 'term paper'?

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?

Want to go outside.
Oh, no! Help! I got outside!
Let me back inside!

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

Want to trim my claws?
Don't even think about it!
My cries will wake dead.

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

Cats meow out of angst
"Thumbs! If only we had thumbs!
We could break so much!"

Litter box not here
You must have moved it again
I'll go in the sink.

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

We're almost equals
I purr to show I love you
Want to smell my butt?


If you liked these, try

Cat Haiku
Deborah Coates; Sandra Bruce (Illustrator); 2001
ISBN: 0446677507 Buy from Barnes&

Catnips a Book of Haiku on Cats
Joseph Gustafson; Margaret T R. Richter (Illustrator); 1984
ISBN: 0962031313
out of print

In the Eyes of the Cat: Japanese Poetry for All Seasons
T. Huang; Tze-Si Huang (Translator); 1994
ISBN: 0805033831
out of print