Last week I tweeted about my cat yowling at the door in the middle of the night.
Midnight. How long will the cat yowl at the front door before going to the back door and using the cat entrance? 15 min solid so far.
— Marcel Currin (@marcelcurrin) February 16, 2017
Most tweets wither and die but I got a reply from Adrian Schofield who for some reason was also awake in the early hours. He tweeted: “There has to be a haiku in that.” On a whim I thought, sure, why not, so the next day I issued a haiku challenge.
Weekend poetry competition! Turn my midnight cat tweet into haiku. My subjective favourite will win a free book. NZ only. Tell your friends.
— Marcel Currin (@marcelcurrin) February 17, 2017
I’m not exactly a Twitter giant and this was a random, lonely tweet that got lost in the wilderness. Adrian shared it on his Facebook page, so the few entries that did arrive came via Facebook. Accordingly, I’m going to award the prize to Adrian for moral support. Some fun offers though. Here they are.
Feline in the night. Bellows out til dawn is near. Will she find the rear?
Knock knock dumb human I’m waiting here, don’t you know? Look down…look down…look!
This would have been a strong contender:
Who are you kidding No one knows how haikus work Cats suck anyway
I summon thee slave heed Snuggles the Destroyer, Lord of the back yard
Not feeling too flash, Want to blow chunks on the rug, Come on let me in!
Notable entry from a 14 year old:
Oi please let me in, I'll claw my way in you know, You giant arsehole.
Painting with words:
yowl yowl yowl yowl yowl yowl yowl yowl yowl yowl yowl yowl yowl yowl yowl meow
You never feed me. I'll meow while you slumber Don’t mess with me.
This last one came via my own Facebook page and is arguably the best entry, but I know this guy and he already has a book. So Adrian still wins. Judge’s decision is final.
Belligerent cat Immovable man. And still A little door waits