Haiku: Bichon Frisé Named Bob
“Pets are humanizing. They remind us we have an obligation and responsibility to preserve and nurture and care for all life.” James Cromwell
My cat made a friend
Took a liking to this dog…
Bichon Frisé Named Bob
Mailbox caught his eye
Yeah, cats and dogs can be friends…
Bob peed, Tangy watched
Next day, Bob stops by
Stands by my mailbox … barking
Tangy meows back
Can cats and dogs be Friends? Our family cat, Tangy, loves to observe all the activity going on inside and outside our home; after all, he is a curious cat. There’s never a dull moment for him and he keeps us entertained. As Sigmund Freud once said, “Time spent with cats is never wasted.” For this exercise, I felt he would be the perfect foil for a 20 minute haiku slam that covers an exchange/connection between three lifeforms. Hope it spoke to you.
“Until one has loved an animal a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” Anatole France
A Bluejay draws near
Syrup and nuts plate in view
Cat meows, dog barks
Bluejay chirps in tune
Feeds off plate and eyes the two
Threesome in the works?
Bob growls at Bluejay
No bird will steal their limelight
Bluejay flies away…
Why three? Three is a powerful and symbolic number. It creates balance and forms a tight pyramid of strength. I love that the quick haiku/poem/story that evolved, above and below, presented me with three clear options and the interaction that occurred was insightful and amusing. I gladly took it… What does this all mean? What does it say to you?
“He who is cruel to animals becomes hard also in his dealings with men. We can judge the heart of a man by his treatment of animals.” Immanuel Kant
Tangy made a friend
Took a liking to a dog…
Bichon Frisé Named Bob
Can we ink a deal?
Call it “The Cat and Dog Show!”
Bichon Frisé meets Cat
A Bluejay cottoned on
Bob and Tangy objected
20 minutes Slam
Would this work at a haiku slam? Perhaps not. Maybe yes or no. It doesn’t matter. It’s all about connections, building bridges, and knowing when to move on…. It could have been pushed in a more emotionally explosive direction but, I wasn’t interested in going that direction with it. The message is there; the characters are there. Like life, the rest is up to us. What are your thoughts?
This post was inspired by a WordPress Daily Prompt A Dog Named Bob: You have 20 minutes to write a post that includes the words mailbox, bluejay, plate, syrup, and ink. And one more detail… the story must include a dog named Bob
Positive Motivation Tip: Our pets teach us about life and relationships. They give us much to enjoy including stories to invent… Create Yours!
PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos From my Personal Collection and/or Bichon Frise via Wikipedia