Mancat Monday, Bad Boys and Holiday Haiku

Mondays with Merlin

Woo hoo and you hoo, cat lovers, Merlin here. We’re taking most of the week off but will pop in here and there with a few goodies. After a freakishly warm weekend, all our snow melted. It was warm enough for the peeps to have coffee on the porch and the rest of us lollygagged in the garden dreaming of a white Christmas NOT.

I could not believe my eyes or nose. The frozen ground melted into a juicy, spring-like scent-fest. It inspired Layla to share some poetry from 18th C. haiku master Issa but hey, who are you calling old?

If you ever feel blue, he’s a joy. Reading how he triumphed over tragedy, a nasty step-mother and poverty will stop any pity party in its tracks.

mancat Monday

And did you know the boozing, bad boy poet Bukowski loved cats? The old curmudgeon who knew the blues only too well, had a soft spot for cats. The holidays are upon us and if you need some courage or strength take heart. This photo quote has stanza from one of my favorite cat poems. Enjoy!

mancat monday-cat quote

My Cats

I know. I know.
they are limited, have different
needs and concerns.

but I watch and learn from them.
I like the little they know,
which is so
much.

they complain but never
worry,
they walk with a surprising dignity.
they sleep with a direct simplicity that
humans just can’t
understand.

their eyes are more
beautiful than our eyes.
and they can sleep 20 hours
a day
without
hesitation or
remorse.

when I am feeling
low
all I have to do is
watch my cats
and my
courage
returns.

I study these
creatures.

they are my
teachers.

Β ~Charles Bukowski

37 thoughts on “Mancat Monday, Bad Boys and Holiday Haiku”

  1. The poem and haiku are beautiful just like the cats that inspired them both.
    We hope everyone has a wonderful what ever they celebrate even if it is only their cats. My internet was down Monday so we are late getting here and it is Catmus Eve now. Santa Paws comes tonight!!!!!!
    We hope everyone feels the blessing of Love,Peace,Hope and Joy not only now but everyday to come.
    Mewy Catmus and Happy Mew Year to all!!!!
    Luvs Skeeter and Izzy and the Feral Gang (Poppy,Shadow, Sunny and Tiger) Peanut and Twig and Romeo >^..^< MEWY CATSMUS!!!!

  2. guys. we bee ona pos dee vize two day N with de lightnin fast speed oh internetz???? we wanted ta say merry christmas bee fore easter getz heere!!!!!!!

  3. That’s a great poem! We had warm weekend, too, but with pouring rain.
    Finally it stopped but still bit cloudy. Glad you enjoyed outside. We wish you a very happy Christmas!!

  4. I enjoyed the poem. It was very nice. Merlin I hope you have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year ahead! We had the same weather here in NY. We may get some snow for Christmas though.

  5. I really like that…. “my courage returned.” I think that’s a great thing to remember! Merry Christmas and thank you for the wonderful post! -Alana and Crepes.

  6. What a great post, we love both the haiku and poem.

    And we’d like to wish you all a wonderful holiday and merry Christmas now, in case our power does go off with the ice storm aftermath. Take care!

    Purrs and peace,
    Nicki and Derry

  7. Bukowski certainly did know his stuff when it came to expressing “all things cat”…..they are simple yet complicated creatures who manage to squeeze so much joy out of the brief periods they are awake in a 24 hour period! I love that…..I admire that…..and I do think that we can learn much from them if we just “tune in” – I’m glad you all got the “Spring/Winter” weather we had – strange but nice. Please enjoy your break – Sam and I are wishing that you have a beautiful and special Christmas.

    Hugs, Pam and Sam

  8. Bukowski rocks and so do you and your cats.

    Montreal snowed for a week, my sister tells me.

    Lucky for us, we’re not there!

    Merry Merry Christmas!

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