Per Diem: Daily Haiku for May 2021 features Marta Chocilowska’s collection on the theme of ‘Cats’. This is what Marta has to say by way of an introduction to this theme:
cats do not go for a walk to get somewhere but to explore
Thomas Sidney Denham
Many famous writers, poets, painters and composers have immortalized their passion for cats, e.g. Emily Dickinson, Christopher Smart, Mark Twain, T.S. Elliot, William S. Burroughs, William B. Yeats, Jack Kerouac, Oscar Wilde, Charles Bukowski, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Marc Chagall, Pablo Picasso, Louis Wain, Hiroshige Utagawa, Min-Zhen … and also haiku masters, such as Matsuo Bashō, Kobayashi Issa, Yosa Buson, Masaoka Shiki or Sumi Taigi.
Some might ask – what does a cat have to do with haiku? And vice versa? Since they share a common denominator – mysteriousness. The cat hides a mystery within himself, as the haiku poem does .
For the last 20 years I have shared my home with ten cats of various gender, coloration and character and found that Leonardo da Vinci’s wording “The smallest feline is a masterpiece” was the self-evident truth.
My love and admiration for cats made me choose this theme for Per Diem. I asked haiku poets from all over the world to send their best cat haiku. And I very much regret that there are only 31 days in May.
Guest Editor: Marta Chocilowska