The Hunt/Safety/Sundays (A Triplet of Haikus) (by Jake Waller)
Royalty by Jake Waller
Black Cat by Rainer Maria Rilke
One up a tree
One under the tree
The cat up a tree is he
The cat under the tree is she
The tree is witch elm, just incidentally.
He takes no notice of she, she takes no notice of he.
He stares at the woolly clouds passing, she stares at the tree.
There’s been a lot written about cats, by Old Possum, Yeats and Company
But not Alfred de Musset or Lord Tennyson or Poe or anybody
Wrote about one cat under, and one cat up, a tree.
God knows why this should be left for me
Except I like cats as cats be
Especially one cat up
And one cat under
A witch elm
Ewart Milne (1903-1987)
This is a really beautiful poem which perfectly states the simplicity of life and cats. The poem not only cleverly rhymes but the shape of the lines create a half diamond shape, which is the why the poem is sometimes referred to as the diamond cut diamond. The whole poem basically says how poets have talked complexly about cats and their symbols but none have really talked about them in their peaceful nature.
What do you think this poem symbolises?
Because I’m only human,
It’s sometimes hard to be
The wise, all-knowing creature
That my cat expects of me.
And so I pray for special help
To somehow understand
The subtle implications
Of each proud meowed command.
Oh, let me not forget that chairs
Were put on earth to shred;
And what I like to call a lap
Is actually a bed.
I know it’s really lots to ask
But please, oh please, take pity;
And though I’m only human,
Make me worthy of my kitty!
– Author Unknown
This sweet poem, humorously explains every cat owner’s wish to be the best they possibly can be, whilst sharing the experiences everybody who owns or owned a cat has dealt with – shredded chairs and laps being used as beds.