Art, Cats, Poetry

A Cat, A Comics Artist & A Haiku

Cat Image
Phoebe’s Portrait

Last year,we contributed to the Kickstarter project Furr: A Comic Anthology About Cats. This project was the brainchild of Alex Park, the founder of Tabulit, an online publishing platform committed to building a creative economy for indie webcomic artists and providing a platform for comic lovers to read and subscribe to a range of comic genres.

As part of our contribution to the Kickstarter campaign, we were entitled to receive an original portrait of our cat done by one of the artists featured in the anthology, along with a printed copy of the anthology.

After looking through the artists, we decided to choose to have our cat’s picture done by Ross Brownell-Dupont. Ross is a talented illustrator and comics artist with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art & Design. He works in ink, watercolour and pen.

A few days ago, we received Phoebe’s portrait in the mail — we were so excited! Ross’ work delighted us — we couldn’t have been more pleased. What do you think? Isn’t she beautiful? And we think that Ross captured her character perfectly.

If you are interested, Ross is available for commission work. You can reach him at rbrownelldupont@gmail.com

If you want to read some excellent webcomics, check out Tabulit — you can even read my daughter’s work there!

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Hey! I haven’t forgotten that it is Haikuesday! I composed this little poem for my lovely Phoebe.

Cat, you calmly sit
staring with determined will
a bird trills a note

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Poetry, Things to do

Cherry Blossom Walk

Cherry Tree WalkIt’s April and that means that it is once again time for the Vancouver International Cherry Blossom Festival. This year it runs from April 3 to April 29, 2018. One of the long-standing events promoted by the Festival, as you may know, is the VCBF Haiku Invitational, which is open for submissions until June 1, 2018.

Once again, on Haikuesday and in honour of the Cherry Blossom Festival and National Poetry Month — I share with you, my spring haiku:

Fragrant blossoms sway / Subtle perfume wafts in air / A soft pink carpet

Mindfulness, Poetry

Breathe — A Haiku

Pink RoseIt’s the first Haikuseday of National Poetry Month and I challenge you to join me in writing a haiku. I share my attempt below — I hope you enjoy it. Are you writing any haikus?

Breathing slow and deep
The rose’s delicate scent
I regard my breath

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Mindfulness Thought:
This is universal. You sit and observe your breath. You can’t say this is a Hindu breath or a Christian breath or a Muslim breath. ~ Charles Johnson

Poetry

Haikuesday — Is it Back?

So… it’s been months since I have participated in writing a haiku on a Tuesday. Is Haikuesday still a thing?

Today was a gorgeous wintry day in the Lower Mainland — no rain and a mix of sun and cloud. A perfect day for a tramp around Serpentine Fen. And excellent inspiration for a bit of poetry.

January sky
Leafless trees bleak in grey light
The soaring hawk shrieks

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Spring is in the Air — A Haiku Poem

Blog Post #359

Today is International Haiku Day — so of course, I did what anyone would do — I wrote a haiku!

It was a gorgeous day and my haiku is a tribute to the season. I love walking outdoors and noticing the budding trees and the blossoming shrubs. It lightens my soul and brightens my day to see flowers poking their heads out of the earth, preparing to burst forth in a showy hue. Soon the world will be awash in the beautiful colours of spring: fresh green, vibrant yellow, deep red and bright pink. I love the vibrancy of Spring!

Tulips

Spring’s beauty unfolds
red tulips wave in the breeze
tree buds unfurl green

Nature, Poetry

Cherry Haiku

Blog #353

After our long winter, it is exhilarating to see daffodils sway in the breeze, to notice the budding branches and to find rhododendrons getting ready to explode their colour throughout the neighbourhood. The cherry trees have finally blossomed and Vancouver is swathed in the frothy pink of delicate petals.

Cherry Tree

Morning sun rises
warm spring breezes stir the air
cherry blossoms falls

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Sleepy Time Haiku

Blog Post #346

I’m tired and the thought of my comfy bed is uppermost in my mind — so why am I still sitting here ostensibly writing a blog post, but browsing through my Pinterest feed instead?

Could that Café Verona I slurped down at 5:00 pm be keeping my brain buzzing with a million whirling thoughts? Or am I a crazy person too stubborn to call it a day and relax into the sweet peacefulness of sleep?

Sheep

Sleep is beckoning
stumble to my bed yawning
sweet dreams are waiting

 

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Haiku Spring

Blog Post #339

The snow has melted
trees stand stark against the sky
spring rain falls softly

Puddle Jumping

Our long, cold winter is over and even though spring has brought more rain than sunshine, we’re happy because the snow has disappeared, the air is warmer and we can feel the promise of summer. Yesterday, on my way to work, I noticed that the trees and shrubs were beginning to bud! I even spotted a few rhododendrons blooming, their vibrant red petals ablaze in the dull morning light.

And at last, the cherry trees are burgeoning with the fresh, delicate pinkness of a thousand flowers just in time for the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival 2017. This annual event includes many activities including the popular VCBF 2017 Haiku Invitational  which is now open for submissions. You have until June 1st, 2017 to enter — so grab your pencils and start writing!

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It’s World Poetry Day — So I Wrote A Haiku

Blog Post #332

It’s World Poetry Day — and everywhere I looked today I saw a poem. A few classics, some originals and several whimsical or humorous. Also, it’s Tuesday and that means — Haikuesday!

First, here is a haiku for World Poetry Day and below that is a poem about the English language. Enjoy!

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Raindrops gently fall
the breeze ripples the puddles
a crane flaps overhead

Crane

Why English is Hard to Learn

We’ll begin with a box, and the plural is boxes,
But the plural of ox becomes oxen, not oxes.
One fowl is a goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a nest full of mice,
Yet the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
Why shouldn’t the plural of pan be called pen?
If I speak of my foot and show you my feet,
And I give you a boot, would a pair be called beet?
If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn’t the plural of booth be called beeth?

Then one may be that, and three would be those,
Yet hat in the plural would never be hose,
And the plural of cat is cats, not cose.
We speak of a brother and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
Then the masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!

~ Anonymous

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Meow, It’s Haikuesday!

Blog Post #325

I was calm and relaxed, enjoying some solitude while reading  after dinner. Out of the corner of my eye, I noticed a flash of movement. It was my cat — she was on the hunt and she obviously had her prey in sight. Attack! She looked so chagrined when her trophy disappeared in a little cloud. I think it’s time to vacuum under my couch!

I was amused by her tracking skills — but she just walked away with a final swat at a bit of lingering fuzz.

Cat photo

The cat prowls on the hunt
stalking unseen mice and birds
snares a dust bunny