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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

Hanatō's Cat Haikus, Pt. 5

The Japanese master of feline versifications, Hanatō Fukui (1650 - 1730), is revered the world over.

Here are three of his Haiku that became very popular in Russia in the late 1800's:

Cat rolls, shows belly.
I rub once - he purrs sweetly.
I rub twice - torn flesh!


Cat fills my pillow.
I scoot him. Get badly clawed.
I will use the floor.


I sit with rich guests.
Stinky poo smell fills the room.
I accuse Fluffy.

(from the new translation by Trini Savitch)

Hanatō's Cat Haikus, Pt. 4


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