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Life on the Deckle Edge

Poetry Friday - A Couple of Haiku and some Purring

June 8, 2017

Tags: Poetry Friday, poetry, haiku, seasons, fall, cats, animals, spiders

Greetings, Poetry Lovers - I've missed you!

The last couple-few weeks were a whirlwind of getting our recent college grad Seth home, re-tooled, and back out the door to a neighboring state for a year's internship with a lively broad-based urban ministry program. There's nothing quite like leaving your (grown-up) baby in the tough inner city. Folks there are amazing, and prayers for all of them and the folks they serve would be welcome.

This week I'll just share a couple of recently published haiku, and next week - Woo-hooo! - I'll offer a peek inside David G. Lanoue's hot-off-the-press newest book, Write Like Issa - A Haiku How-to. My contributor's copy just arrived in my mailbox and I can't wait to fully dive in.

For today, though here two other and unrelated poems - the first might remind us that as we approach the summer solstice, the wheel will turn toward fall again before we know it.

shorter days
the orb weaver gone
from her web

Modern Haiku, 48.1, Winter-Spring 2017

And the second features our above-pictured XL-sized kitty, sometimes slightly demon-possessed, 13 and still full of himself. "Lance" does love to join anyone doing yoga or meditation, though, so he has a sensitive side....

morning meditation
the cat in my lap
purrs in, purrs out

The Heron's Nest, Volume XIX, Number 2: June 2017

Poems ©Robyn Hood Black. All rights reserved.

Hope you are enjoying these long days if you're in the Northern Hemisphere, shorter ones if on the other side of the world.

Thanks to our wonderful Mary Lee for hosting the Roundup this week at A Year of Reading! Poetry in, poetry out...


  1. June 9, 2017 5:43 AM EDT
    Welcome back! Your autumn poem can go out to Kat in Australia--she's living it! Love purr/poetry in, purr/poetry out!!
    - Mary Lee
  2. June 9, 2017 6:31 AM EDT
    I love seeing you back...AND with news of recently published haiku. Many congratulations. I remember my Mom telling me that the best part of any event I was waiting for was the anticipation. I never really got what she was telling me until now-ish. That orb weaver, she's a tough cookie when I beg for more time.
    - Linda Mitchell
  3. June 9, 2017 6:31 AM EDT
    Congrats to Seth and you! Wishing him well. Enjoyed your haiku, especially reading about the lap-warmer and his morning mantra.
    - Tabatha
  4. June 9, 2017 10:00 AM EDT
    I hope Seth is settling in and doing well, Robyn. Your season haiku presents us with a dilemma, to celebrate summer or lament it's already turning toward fall. And that 'purrs in/purrs out' offers such a smile! Happy Weekend!
    - Linda Baie
  5. June 9, 2017 12:40 PM EDT
    Cat-in-lap is my absolute favourite kind of meditation. :-)
    - Jane @ Raincity Librarian
  6. June 9, 2017 2:16 PM EDT
    Love these little vignettes, Robyn - and congratulations on having them published!
    - Matt Forrest Esenwine
  7. June 9, 2017 3:18 PM EDT
    Hi, Mary Lee - thanks for hosting! PF is so international, we don't have to be confined to US seasons, do we? ;0)

    Linda, thanks! I had grown quite fond of that particular orb weaver... it was bittersweet keeping tabs on her last summer and fall, and then seeing that empty web. Sigh. Life.

    Thanks, Tabatha - So far, so good for Seth! I'm sure meditating kitties would fit right in at your house.

    Linda, thanks for the kind thoughts. I do love summer, but fall is probably my favorite season. Of course, with each year those seasons seem to greet me sooner!

    Ha, Jane! Mine too. :0)

    Thanks, Matt - glad you enjoyed. Thanks for coming by!
    - Robyn Black
  8. June 9, 2017 5:29 PM EDT
    Welcome back! I love that purr-fect meditation with a cat in your lap. I miss having cats, but I do hate to see my allergic husband suffer even more.
    - Kay Jernigan McGriff
  9. June 9, 2017 9:55 PM EDT
    Hi, Kay - thanks for dropping by! Well, our kitty is big enough for a couple of cats, so we'll keep taking care of your "share" - ;0) Happy hubbies are important.
    - Robyn Black
  10. June 10, 2017 2:32 AM EDT
    Always a delight to catch you, Robyn - and hear what your family is doing. What is it with cats and hats? We had a black and white cat who also liked to sleep on hats. (My hubby's work hat, most especially.) You've captured two beautiful haiku moments.
    - KatApel
  11. June 10, 2017 9:09 AM EDT
    Seth's going to do amazing work in his new job, Robyn— I know how proud you are, and you should be! Just keep purring in and out and you'll be fine. :) Looking forward to the sneak peek of David's book!
    - Michelle Heidenrich Barnes
  12. June 10, 2017 9:09 AM EDT
    Helloooo, Kat! Thanks for popping in from a different season where you are. Haha re. the cat & hat observation - Lance acted like this one of my hubby's was full of catnip. (Dr. Seuss was evidently on to something....)
    - Robyn Black
  13. June 10, 2017 9:15 AM EDT
    Lovely haiku. Especially liked the kitty one. And good luck and best wishes to Seth on his internship! So nice to have you back. :)
    - jama
  14. June 10, 2017 10:05 AM EDT
    Love your cat-in-a-hat photo. And your morning meditation and purring haiku.
    - Brenda
  15. June 10, 2017 11:27 AM EDT
    Ha, we have a Lance-cat also. :) Love the orb weaver and the purring in and out... congratulations on your haiku finding its way to readers, Robyn! So happy for you! And wow, what a growth experience this will be for your baby boy. xo
    - Irene Latham
  16. June 10, 2017 12:38 PM EDT
    Hi, Michelle - thanks all around. Yes... Lots of deep breaths! You'll love the new book, since we all got an introduction at the April workshop. :0)

    Jama, I'm actually hopping around PF from the shotgun seat as my hubby is driving us to a quick trip to fam in N. Georgia, but a couple weeks away was enough. Love your post today! XO

    Hi, Brenda - glad you enjoyed the feline frolics today. Prrrrrrrrrr.......

    Irene, ha! The name of ours is short for "Lancelot," because as a small kitten he took on a very large stuffed animal dragon. Thanks for the warm wishes for Seth. :0)
    - Robyn Black
  17. June 10, 2017 2:35 PM EDT
    Beautiful, Robyn! I especially love "purr in, purr out," as sleeping as close to me as possible is my cat's preferred way to spend his days (and nights, much to my husband's chagrin!).
    - Catherine @ Reading to the Core
  18. June 10, 2017 7:15 PM EDT
    Catherine, well - your kitty prefers only the best company! Ours changes moods faster than you can blink. ;0). Thanks for coming over!
    - Robyn Black
  19. June 10, 2017 10:50 PM EDT
    We're both stuck on cats this week. I love the addition of a cat to your meditation practice. Have you seen the goat yoga videos? A co-worker has signed up for a class.
    - Diane Mayr
  20. June 11, 2017 12:24 PM EDT
    I'm on my way to your place now, Diane! I always think of you whenever kitties creep into my posts. And - goat yoga? Oh my gosh. I miss having goats. Will check out that, too! Thanks.
    - Robyn Black
  21. June 12, 2017 1:45 AM EDT
    Thanks for these two haikus Robyn–though I'm fond of orb weavers in the summer, I'm presently enjoying the longer days and would like them to continue for a while longer . . .
    - Michelle Kogan
  22. June 12, 2017 2:14 PM EDT
    Thanks, Michelle - and I do love being able to stay outside later this time of year, too! Happy Summer - :0)
    - Robyn Black
  23. June 24, 2017 2:16 PM EDT
    Bought the Kindle version to get started. This is my summer study. for pointing the way.
    - Jone

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