Cats Love Company

There’s this cat—not ours
but we feed the tom  
keep the tabby warm

This started outside
feral cat business
colony, over time
tamed to humans

Offspring: now there’s this cat
hanging ‘round, one of several

At the complex
sales cats
clever cats

Hungry cats
Feed them
Fix them
Let them in

Fewer cats
Rinse & repeat

Like a Canine Caterwaul (haibun)

At the start, one senses faint laughter; but quick, excited crescendo quickly obliterates intrigue—replaces it with alarmed discomfort. (If laughter were rated G, this discordance would be the X-rated horror variant.)

Screams accost nightfall’s quiet expectation.

Screeches and whoops approach. Our quiet retirement obliterated, having never seen the source of these frightening sounds, we move to see what’s happening outside. Of course, we see nothing.

Turns out (seems) to be howls of a woman in domestic argument . . . perhaps in distress. Or, being attacked by something like a gang of demented gangland night-crawlers. (The mind at max potential.) No, it’s a randomly disturbed person upon some lady or couple. How awful. But, no: soon it’s realized . . . dogs. Yes, an entire pack of dogs . . . but how likely is this, that they would sound that way? They’re killing cats now . . . it’s cats screaming. Oh . . . no, this is simply a cacophony of the beloved coyote!

piercing our cover
grave, canid caterwauling
sundown’s coyote

Beloved Coyote

We’ve seen and heard about coyote throughout our lives—country and city living. They’re around, in both cases, but normally quiet and usually alone. They wander for food in a declining environment.

Coyote can sound much worse than they are threatening, although they can present some danger to smaller animals left out at night. Two or three coyote have the ability to sound like a large pack. They use such signalling as protection and warning.

Turn up the volume!

You can learn more about the coyote by visiting Natural Habitat Adventures, and learn how coyote are beneficial to their environments via the California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

Featured Image Photo by Plato Terentev on


The giant creature stands on its platform

Wooden box impressed by weight of lore

Offering comfort and resilience to

Those who mind historical tradition

Powerful colossus sentimental

Survives steadily on land, its unique

Stature apparently limiting in

Reality not adequately quite

Efficient enough to withstand perils

Denoting humanity and still the

Gentle flatfoot remains largest living.

Photo by James Eades on Unsplash