One edge
hanging over the mountain--
the Milky Way

---Shiki
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Friday the 13th
I shoo a black cat
from my driveway

8 comments:

Leatherdykeuk said...

Super!
I couldn't do that - my cat is black!

Alan Summers said...

I love the haiku, but never understood why a black cat is supposed to be unlucky.

I talk to all the cats on my way to work, even on Friday 13th if they're black, sooty, or even marmelade. ;-)

Alan
weblinks:
1.
Area17
2.
BBC renga article
3.
newspaper (area17 pic) article

Leatherdykeuk said...

Charles I, owned a black cat. His fear of losing it was so great that he had it guarded. The day after it fell ill and died, he was arrested (Radford 1949, 40).
Black cats were often witches in disguise or witches' familiars (Potter 1983, 29). There were also many cat charms relating to ships and the sea.
Fishermen's wives would keep a black cat at home to prevent disaster at sea, consequently the cats became very valuable and were often stolen.
If a cat ran ahead of a sailor to the pier that would bring good luck, but if the cat crossed his path it means bad luck.
For luck, cats were often kept on board ships. If a sailor was approached by the ship's cat it meant good luck, but if the cat only came halfway and went away again it meant bad luck.
The worst possible cat-related act, guaranteed to raise a storm and bring bad luck of all sorts, was to throw the cat overboard (Radford 1949, 40).
Cat superstitions were also common in medicine. Fur and blood drawn from various parts of the cat's anatomy cured everything from shingles to St. Anthony's Fire (Radford 1949, 40).

Alan Summers said...

And we've transferred this to driveways. ;-)

But my favourite mouser was a big old terrier in Queensland called Max the Mouser! I wrote a poem about his years ago and got it published over there. Cats are considered bad in Queensland as they're normally feral (not ordinary wild).

Alan

Vic Gendrano said...

Thanks guys, I think it's a universal superstition of bad luck. So a black cat encountered on Friday the 13th is double bad luck, so they say.

diana l. said...

It seems to me that throwing a cat overboard certainly would be bad luck --- for the cat, anyway. <;-;> (couldn't resist that one)

(My daughter would appreciate you having acknowledged the date, Vic. She didn't enjoy Friday the 13th very much this year, having gotten all four wisdom teeth extracted that day.)

Vic Gendrano said...

That was funny Diana - cat's bad luck! This is for your daughter and my granddaughter Kira who had the same procedure.

smile though
not in candid camera
gone maybe the teeth
but your wisdom
remains forever

diana l. said...

Thanks, Vic. I'll pass it on to her.