Haibun: Cedars against snow

For Real Toads Tuesday platform.  This haibun only has 39 words, more than enough.I feed a family of ten feral cats on a daily basis. Slowly I am getting them all fixed with rabies shots.

Haibun: Cedars against snow
Against the snow on the hillside, the cedars show up almost black. The wind whistles over the snow; the occasional bark of crows wafts over the meadow.
a crow caws
across the meadow – feral cats
line up for food

feral cats

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hélène Vaillant
    Dec 10, 2018 @ 17:32:16

    Splendid imagery flow through your words.


  2. Therisa Godwaldt
    Dec 11, 2018 @ 11:04:10

    Thank you, Toni, for helping our furry friends, which most of humanity has abandoned. Star (a rescued kitten that I took in), would like to thank you, for helping her cousins. It sadden me, most feral cats that are caught, will die.


    • kanzensakura
      Dec 11, 2018 @ 11:17:24

      Yes they will either through harsh conditions or euthanasia at the county shelter. They rarely use it but I have fixed a cozy place for them as well. Pat Star for me!

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  3. sanaarizvi
    Dec 11, 2018 @ 12:04:27

    I am a cat person so this poem hits home. I think it’s very kind of you to be looking after these cats.. they look so adorable. ❤️


  4. Carrie V. H.
    Dec 11, 2018 @ 12:30:43

    Yes, I love cats to. A beautifully written Haibun Toni!


  5. Carrie V. H.
    Dec 11, 2018 @ 12:32:42

    If you get a chance come join us over at The Sunday Muse. We would love for you to participate Toni!! here is the link: https://thesundaymuse.blogspot.com/


    Dec 11, 2018 @ 12:35:42

    I love the placement of the feral cats.


  7. Sherry Blue Sky
    Dec 11, 2018 @ 13:38:57

    Oh how fortunate for the kitties that they found you. Thank you for caring for them.


  8. Vivian Zems
    Dec 11, 2018 @ 15:15:15

    A beautiful scene you set there, Toni! Love the haiku too😊


  9. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Dec 11, 2018 @ 15:46:34

    A vivid, wintry picture you paint in so few well-chosen words. And bravo for what you are doing!


  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Dec 11, 2018 @ 16:25:39

    First of all, when I hear cedars and snow I always think of that wonderful melancholy in the book “Snow falling on cedars”… I don’t know if you ever read it… it deals with the Japanese being sent off to camps during the war… with that in mind the image of the hungry feral cat took a tone of melancholy too.


    • kanzensakura
      Dec 11, 2018 @ 16:50:25

      I love Snow falling on Cedars. Wonderful book. The feral cats can be melancholy but I have fixed for them a warm place and the four kittens are so danged cute – jumping fuzzballs

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  11. anmol(alias HA)
    Dec 11, 2018 @ 23:26:11

    Oh, such a wonderful image — the dark figures add into the allure of this winter scene. The crows and the cats are such intriguing creatures.


  12. thotpurge
    Dec 12, 2018 @ 00:00:54

    What a scene of the dark set off against the white snow..


  13. Kerry
    Dec 12, 2018 @ 02:13:04

    You added a sound quality in the repeated ‘ow’.. somewhat melancholy, so apt for the season.


  14. mhmp77
    Dec 12, 2018 @ 14:17:23


    across the meadow – feral cats
    line up for food

    Anticipating food nearby can be most motivating for hungry minds. Very much so Toni!



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