The Cat’s Wisdom: A Haibun of Imagination

Yesterday at noon, when I opened my kitchen window, I looked out toward the clothesline, and saw the neighbor’s scruffy cat. “So, you’ve finally decided to wake up,” I said with a laugh. Instead of purring, the cat began snarling at me. It had my full attention! An intimate talk followed, although I will not tell you what was said. That moment stays between the cat and me, and I will hold onto it forever. Meanwhile, I’ve decided to listen. If anything can keep me from seeking the cat’s wisdom again, then I don’t deserve to hear its voice.

Fog envelops me,
yet I keep moving forward
on the unseen way.


Haibun © 2020 by Magical Mystical Teacher
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Posted on March 8, 2020, in 5-7-5, haibun, Poets & Storytellers United, Sunday's Whirligig and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. Cats have a certain magnetic aura about them, don’t they? 🙂

  2. Cats have that sense of mystery about them, dont they? They evoke such diverse ideas!

  3. A wonderful haibun. I love a cat with a message and love that you kept your conversation private. Smiles. Animals have so much wisdom; it is cool when we can hear.

  4. This is such a great story… I wonder what you have learned, but I guess I just have to go out talking to cats by myself.

    But I do guess that in the month of March, most of them mostly talk about sex.

    • magicalmysticalteacher

      There’s more going on than simply talking about sex, and I think you know what that is!

      On Sun, Mar 8, 2020 at 9:12 AM Magical Mystical Teacher wrote:


  5. Lisa at Greenbow

    So good to have you back! Love the haibun, meow, and the Haiku.

  6. Glad you had a moment. Thanks for sharing your haibun. Happy Sunday
    Thank you for dropping by my sumie Sunday today


  7. An interesting moment. And the secret conversation … nice one.

  8. Yes, yes… Fog is everywhere but the ‘unseen way’ is the thing. Resonated with this especially…

  9. Regine Karpel


  10. Beverly Crawford

    Two cats allow us to live with them here. They speak daily in t he voice of their people!!

  11. Trust nothing the cat says as they think we are but fools to feed them and keep them warm so they can kill everything in the garden; birds animals and plants!

  12. A fascinating story – only exceeded by the intriguing haiku.

  13. Haibunilicious, Teach! Having never had a catty chat myself, I can’t fully relate, but… Yum!

  14. hypercryptical

    I am sure you are right in keeping the secret close to your chest, some words should never be shared.
    And the haibun is indeed intriguing.
    Anna :o]

  15. My neighbor’s cat perched on the wood pile in my shed last Saturday and we ended up startling each other. He didn’t talk to me just scampered away. I hope I can move forward on the unseen way.

  16. I love this piece – cats are good conversationalists

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