Haibun: Dr. Samuel Beckett

For Kim’s prompt on Real Toads, Nomenclature, how things get their names. What a fun and lovely prompt!


Haibun: Dr. Samuel Becket
“I believe cats to be spirits come to earth. A cat, I am sure, could walk on a cloud without coming through.” Jules Verne

He was tiny, his eyes barely open. He was an orange marmalade tom and he wobbled as he walked about in the box where we had put him to be safe and warm. When one of us would enter the room, we would call softly, Baby! Baby!.and his tiny mews would drift up out of the box. I walked over and looked down at him. He looked up at me with his blue baby eyes and suddenly, he jumped and tried to climb to the top to reach me. I laughed, and reached down and picked him up. Well Sam Beckett, you did a quantum leap, didn’t you? He remained Dr. Samuel Beckett until his life ended 14 years later. I was his human and I loved him dearly.
to me life passed quickly –
to my cat life passed slowly –
too soon our time together ended

*Quantum Leap was a TV show in the 90’s starring Scott Bakula who was a physicist studying string theory.

35 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Mar 23, 2019 @ 23:04:27

    Orange toms… I grew up with a Tommy and “Little Tom” and now have a huge orange and white cat and a tangerine”ish” colored cat so I am so very partial to this poem.


  2. Kerry
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 03:54:38

    Your haiku really sums up for me everything I have ever felt about my many, many beloved pets now all passed away but one.


  3. kim881
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 03:58:12

    That took me back, Toni – Quantum Leap, a fantastic series! A serious name for a cute marmalade cat. I love the Jules Verne quote – I’d like it on a fridge magnet. I have Mojo right by my side as I type, and she approves of your choices – name and quote. Your haiku is so true, even after many cats, they stay with you individually forever.


  4. merrildsmith
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 06:31:47

    This is so sweet, Toni. I can tell you miss him. We kept the shelter names for our boys when we got them as kittens. My daughter named her puppy Helena for one of the characters on the show “Orphan Black.” 🙂

    I like the Jules Verne quotation, too.


  5. sanaarizvi
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 07:22:52

    This is incredibly heart-stirring, Toni! ❤️ I love the Jules Verne quote and feel that our beloved pets continue to live in our hearts forever.


  6. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 10:31:15

    What a sweet baby! And what a great name for him! The Jules Verne quote is wonderful.


  7. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 13:27:27

    He looks so much like a marmelade we had when I grew up… we called him Babur because he it means tiger in Persian… Alas he was run over by a car … a wonderful cat.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 24, 2019 @ 13:32:22

      It is so sad when we lose an animal we love. Babur…nice name for a marmalade.


      • Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
        Mar 24, 2019 @ 13:36:36

        He had a brother who was a little bit more sandy so he had the name Simba… (lion)


        • kanzensakura
          Mar 24, 2019 @ 13:39:04

          I had a black fierce little kitten that I named Simba. We later found out it was a female so I christened her Mrs. Cat…she lived to 20. She died three weeks after my grandmother died because she had long since become my grandmother’s cat. She would lie on the bed for hours while my grandmother was sick.

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  8. Magaly Guerrero
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 14:09:50

    I love the name and the way it came about–and not just because Quantum Leap is one of my favorite shows. I love that he felt safe enough to leap… and that he had a happy life with someone who loved him.


    • kanzensakura
      Mar 24, 2019 @ 14:37:41

      Thank you Magaly. He was deeply loved. He threw a clot and died within 24 hours. It literally make me sick with grief. I was out of work for a week. He was a huge baby.

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  9. Anonymous
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 14:36:01

    Ah — Sammy lammy!!🐯


  10. Sherry Blue Sky
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 14:58:00

    Such a beautiful boy. That baby leap – so endearing.


  11. Vicki
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 15:07:41

    Such a cutie, cat people are special loving human beings.


  12. Kestril Trueseeker
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 15:28:38

    That show was pretty cool! My husband is a very big fan of it too. One of these days I need to sit my kids down to watch at least few episodes.

    I couldn’t help but be moved by the story of your baby Beckett. Those little pawprints leave deep marks on our hearts, don’t they?


  13. magicalmysticalteacher
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 18:29:59

    Oh, yes, the good times, the loving times, the times together end all too quickly. This haibun is a wonderful tribute to Sam Beckett.


  14. Carrie V. H.
    Mar 24, 2019 @ 20:32:25

    Such a sweet story Toni! He blessed your life and you blessed his!! It is always too soon when they leave us. 😢


  15. anmol(alias HA)
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 05:38:08

    Aww, that is such a heartwarming haibun, Toni! Loved the Verne quote. It reminded me of this cat in my college I would play with almost every day, who used to just come, climb up on my lap, and sleep. 🙂


  16. purplepeninportland
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 15:10:13

    So sweet. Love the name, and the quote you used.


  17. Susie Clevenger
    Mar 25, 2019 @ 23:13:42

    Oh, how precious… I love orange tabby cats.


  18. coalblack
    Mar 26, 2019 @ 07:32:39

    We gib our hearts immediate, don’t we? Or, they are artfully stolen with the greatest of ease. Is that Sam in the pic? What a cutie pie. I love him!


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