Before the ink dried on the contract for the home we currently lease (while we look for one to purchase), we were adopted by a cat. Not just any cat. A tortoiseshell cat. Different from calico cats, “torties” have no white in their coat. And though she’s a female, we call her Finnegan.
Drawn to traditional Japanese Haiku since elementary school where it was introduced to me by my fifth grade teacher — Mrs. Kline — I love the simplicity and direct expression found in three stark lines for a total of 17 syllables:
5 syllables in the first line
7 syllables in the second line
5 syllables in the third line
With that in mind, here’s my nod to Finnegan:
Eyes closed satisfied
back arching on tiptoed paws
Do you Haiku?
A version of this post was previously published on TuesDaysWithLaurie and is republished here with permission from the author.
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Photo credit: Laurie Buchanan