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Cats and Their People in Haiku by Louise Lessin, illustrated by Arouni.

Published by Paul S. Ericksson, Inc. in 1968.

A quote from the end really incapsulates this book -

A thing of beauty
is a joy forever--so
cats serve their purpose



94 pages / 6.75 x 6.75 x .5 inches / 17 x 17 x 1.5 centimeters


Please see the images above for an accurate representation of what the book looks like, but...

The book jacket is faded / discolored and has wear around the edges and a few small rips. A portion of the image/color has been ripped off the spine (a price tag may have used to be there?).

One page has an orange stain on it.


This is a book for you and your cat. Mostly for your cat. It is written in Haiku, an ancient form of Japanese poetry that cats happen to love more than any other kind of poetry. Haiku, in fact, is as illusive as your cat, as gentle, soft, simple, and wise. Haiku is written with the delicate sureness of cat feet. You can read a few of these verses--each three lines (5-7-5) totaling 17 syllables--to yourself or to your cat-loving friends or to your cat. They have their own form, their own quality, their own cat-understanding.

I know a cat who
took a wallop at her kit
when she disobeyed.

Or you will find yourself in another Haiku that recognizes what people who are owned by cats are like:

Of course, she loves him
he's as charming as a cat;
she's a cat-lover.

Because here is all the humanity and felinity that other people (non-cat-understanding outsiders) cannot grasp or appreciate or love:

Bitter cold morning
frail old lady's daily chore
feeding homeless cats.

This is a very unusual book. It serves all kinds of purposes. Use it to wak up by. Read it to muse by. And at night when your cat is curled up at the bottom of the bed, read him a verse or two to pleasant-dream by.

This is Haiku, a book of verse for your cat and you.

Cats and Their People in Haiku by Louise Lessin, illustrated by Arouni


  • Vintage item from the 1960s
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