cat collar
the little bell
rusted silent


14 Responses

  1. Mike Schoenburg Says:

    the tadpole

    swims away

    a frog 🐸

  2. Dan Curtis Says:

    Made me smile, Mike.

  3. Gaby Bedetti Says:

    I had to stop my holiday preparations to say how much I like this!

  4. Dan Curtis Says:

    Thank you, Gaby. Kind of you to stop your holiday preparations in order to comment. I'm glad my haiku works for you.

  5. Alan Summers Says:

    cat collar
    the little bell
    rusted silent

    —DAN CURTIS

    Wonderfully and poignantly crafted. The word 'little' may or may not mean a kitten or young cat, of course, but that's another reading I can make. What I get from 'rusted' is that this is both a very long time ago, even decades, and perhaps the collar was amongst the remains of a relative passed away recently.

    Whatever reading is correct, I personally get a lot from the poem.

    I'm sort of a cat person, mostly because they adopt me:

    exchanging winks
    how come this cat knows
    my midnight reasons

    Alan Summers
    Raindrop, A Journal Of Short Form Poetry (Issue 1, 2013)

  6. Dan Curtis Says:

    Alan, thank you for your kind comments. I'm glad you like my ku. It's always nice to meet another cat person. Really like "exchanging winks".

  7. Theresa C. Says:

    I enjoyed the layers to be found in your haiku, Dan. Wonderful work!

    Best,
    Theresa C.

  8. Dan Curtis Says:

    Thank you, Theresa. Much appreciate your comments!

  9. Pravat Kumar Padhy Says:

    It is an emotional ku. Dan has crafted the poem with vivid images. The word phrase,'rusted' speaks a lot. Perhaps there is no liberation and freedom in the life of the cat. Its voice is also made silent. The haiku renders a meaningful message. A brilliant creation by Dan Curtis.

    In contrast, the following haiku portrays differently.

    green light
    every one crosses
    also a cat

    Pravat Kumar Padhy
    Bottle Rockets #27, August 2012 (Ed. Stanford M. Forrester)

  10. Dan Curtis Says:

    Pravat, thank you for your very kind words in praise of my haiku. I appreciate the time you took to comment on it.
    I quite like your cat ku as well.

  11. Janet Says:

    Exquisite haiku. So much said with so few words.

  12. Dan Curtis Says:

    Thank you, Janet. Glad this is working for you.

  13. Marie Louise Munro Says:

    So poignant. This ku tugs at my heart strings! I dread the day my fur babies are “silenced”.

  14. Dan Curtis Says:

    Thanks, Marie. I am glad this works for you. It is always a sad time when we have to say goodbye to our animal companions.

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