Issa’s cat dreams… part 1


So am I a cat
dreaming I’m a butterfly
or really flying?

After eating a big fish all to himself – Issa’s cat definitely needed a bit of a nap and big meals can make for the most interesting dreams!

I thought I’d try writing my own haiku this time – Issa’s cat’s dream is based on the famous Chinese philosopher Chuang Tsu (Zhuangzi) story. One day he dreamt he was a butterfly. When he awoke he was no longer sure if he was a man who had dreamt he was a butterfly or a butterfly now dreaming he was a man.

As always, comments and alternate poetic responses are welcome!

image and haiku (cc) 2009 Hilary Farmer