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Friday, January 18, 2008

Haiku Friday - Volume 5

Outside looking in
watchfully she waits for me
piercing yellow eyes.

Feral cat who prowls
through the night, but as dawn comes
on the fence she sits.

Watching every move
as I put the coffee on ...
letting out the dog.

Moving to the front
by the French doors looking in.
She knows I'll be there

soon to fill her dish
with some tantalizing treat.
She no longer hunts ...

yet Ms. Kitty does
watch the birds that come and go.
Does she miss the thrill?

Lying in the sun
black coat glistens brownish red.
Persian Carol says.

She adopted me
long ago although I have
allergies galore.

Living a good life
independently, we've learned
how to co-exist.

My Volume 6
about Tennis and the Australian Open
is at Sacred Ruminations.

For a Mr. Linky to other Haiku Fridays
go to A Mommy Story.

To see my previous Haikus,
click on the Haiku Friday label below this post.


suchsimplepleasures said...

that looks EXACTLY like one of my cats...coco!!
loved the haiku and the pic!!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

Great haiku and cat. We had a stray cat around here for awhile and then she just stopping coming around. =^..^=

Anonymous said...

What a sweet story -- this reminds me of my Grandmother, who also took in stray cats.

Melissa said...

I adopted two ferals who look just like that! Great ku!

Oh, and great booklist yesterday. I can't remember if I commented on it or not. I didn't have time to post as many comments as I would have liked. You know how it goes.

Anonymous said...

That is adorable, that you've worked out a relationship. I am deathly allergic, and I'm sure my daughter would love this if it happened to us (cat befriending). ;)

Kat said...

That is probably the only way I could have a cat too. Stinking allergies.
Great ku!

Rebecca (Ramblings by Reba) said...

Great haikus! :) And great story.

the planet of janet said...

what a lovely way to get around an allergy! well played 'ku.

dawn224 said...

Aw kitty :)

storyteller said...

SSP – We’ve got several in the neighborhood who look just like her. I suspect they could be related, but she’s the one who hangs around. There are more pix of her other places on my blogs.
Maybe I’ll add a link?

Mama Geek – Thanks. I used to worry she’d disappear (especially around Halloween), but she seems to be cautious enough to avoid strangers.

Susie – Actually a friend lured this kitty to my door more than a decade ago because HE loved cats, and then he moved to Arizona … leaving me with the responsibility. These days I’d miss her if she wandered off.

Melissa – Thanks on both counts. Yes I do know … I’m having trouble keeping up these days myself.

SA Mama – I could never have guessed in a million years that I’d have a cat in my life, but this works for both of us.

Kathryn – Funny how I have no problems with Molly’s shedding … but the only way I can touch this kitty is if I’m headed for the shower immediately after.

Rebecca – I appreciate the feedback. I figured I should give Ms. Kitty equal time after writing about Molly last Friday.

Dawn – She’s becoming a bit friendlier gradually, but methinks she’ll always be a bit skittish around strangers. That may be a good thing!

Thanks to everyone for dropping by and leaving your comments. I love Haiku Fridays!
Hugs and blessings,

Eve said...

I love your Haiku Fridays. There are many others out there who make the attempt (me included) but you are the tops at forming the word pictures that are the essence of haiku. Beautiful cat - I love that picture.

NicciN said...

Love this. I have bad cat allergies too but would love to adopt one myself. I will have to keep my eyes out. :)

Unknown said...

I love it when animals adopt us. Very sweet of you to take her "in."

I'm VERY allergic, too.

Bren said...

Awesome haiku and a pretty cat!

Kara said...

Storyteller, I can't remember if you already did this meme and of course I don't know if you want to - your choice but consider yourself tagged - details at my blog.

Love ms kitty on the fence picture!

Mike Golch said...

Great haiku and puddy tat.( one guess where I stole that from)
One time we had a stray adopt us. I had my garage door open and taking stuff into the house when I came back out for another load,I saw this cat sitting in the back seat with a look to say that I'm staying.I told him that is something that he would have to take up with every one else inside. meaning my Better Half and the other cats that we had at the time. My wife named him harvey and we took him to the vet to have him checked out to see if he was safe to have round the other cats,the vet said yes.so he joined our house hold.

Annie Z said...

I loved this haiku ST! And your picture. Brilliant. This is the first thing in 4 days that has made me want to get my camera out and leave the house.
I am off to take some black and white shots of my darling cats.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Jenni said...

Our cat is similar. She keeps her distance now that we have little ones. But there are days when I feel like she and I really connect.

Nice ku.

Momisodes said...

Awww...that is a lovely haiku...and a great story! :)

*sigh* I'm allergic too.

Annie Z said...

I've given you an award! See my blog...

storyteller said...

Eve – Thanks, but I've seen some wonderful Haikus out there when I've used the Mr. Linky at A Mommy Story to visit others. I love to write in this form … methinks all those years teaching kids to do it and watching what they produced helps me now. That spot on the fence outside my kitchen window is one of her favorites, though it drives Molly crazy when she sits there. LOL

Yertle – I hope it works out for you the way it did with Ms. Kitty and me. A cat-magnet friend of mine started bringing her treats and feeding her where she “lived” under a wooden porch a couple of doors inland from me. It didn’t take her long to “figure out” that it was ME he was visiting … and to begin to hang out on my patio.

AFF - My yard had lots of birds all the time and was an excellent hunting ground for her. I started to feed her to protect the birds because I enjoyed watching them … and she decided the “trade-off” was a good one. My friend Carol tells me once you feed a cat, they lose their edge … and the birds have a better chance of survival even when the cat’s around.

Bren – Thanks for your kind words.

Kara – Okay … will check it out in a little while. Right now I’m watching the Federer-Tipsaravic match I recorded last night … responding to comments to catch up here. I’ve not posted anything yet on either blog, so a “tag” could make coming up with something easier. Ms. Kitty does resemble one of your kitties.

Mike – Thanks Sylvester. LOL One thing I’ve learned from Ms. Kitty is that once a cat makes up its mind about something, there’s not much to be done. Dogs are so much easier to live with than cats … but I suppose both have lessons to teach us.

Annie – You’re most welcome for the inspiration and motivation to put that new camera of yours to work. Thanks for stopping by. I know YOU must be watching tennis like me. If I lived anywhere close to Melbourne, I’d be at the courts myself!!! I’m sorry I’ve not been to visit your blog lately … I’ve not even been checking anyone in Google Reader so the numbers are growing out of control again. I’m not sure when (or if) I’ll ever “catch up” … but I’ll make it a point to check out the award you’ve given me. Thank YOU so much!

Jenni – Cats may be more skittish around kids than dogs who (in my experience) are more “mellow” critters. Thanks for the compliment and the visit.

Sandy – I’m surprised to see you’ve visited and I hope that means you’re feeling better. Sounds like this bug has really gotten you down. Take care and get well soon.

Hugs and blessings to you all!

Mother of Invention said...

Excellent! And I love this cat!
I worry if my cats stay out all night though...I hate fighting!

storyteller said...

MoI – I knew you’d love this one being the cat-lover you are. I decided after last week's Haiku about Molly, I needed to give the cat equal time and attention. Ms. Kitty gets in an occasional noisy middle of the night altercation, but for the most part she protects herself by hiding.
Hugs and blessings,

Anonymous said...

Oh, I love this! Most of my cats have adopted me. And this kitty looks a lot like my small black girl.

Mary P Jones (MPJ) said...

Beautiful story
Of life with a stunning cat.
I love black cats too.


Sonya said...

We had two feral cats come to our house a few years ago. Now, they are like part of our family :-o)

storyteller said...

Carla – I had no idea how many black cats there were in the world until Ms. Kitty adopted me. Now I see them everywhere! Fortunately she stays close to home.

MPJ – I love the way you respond in Haiku … and if I wasn’t’ distracted by the Federer-Berdych match, I might try to respond in kind, but alas … tennis still holds more than 50% of my attention, even when I try to catch up here.

Sonya – Cats do seem to get whatever they want. I could take lessons perhaps.

Thanks to all of you for dropping by.
Hugs and blessings,

Karen said...

The perfect cat for you, and no doubt the perfect "owner" for the cat. She probably wouldn't be happy with someone who wanted more affection.

storyteller said...

Karen –I do enjoy her, and she chose me ... so perhaps you’re right.
Hugs and blessings,

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