First Frost, Week 1: #TankaTuesday

This is the 1st week of the “First Frost” season for Colleen Chesebro’s #TankaTuesday challenge based on the 24 Japanese seasons.

Although we don’t have a first frost in October ever in Arizona, and some years no frost at all, there are other aspects of the season that we do share with the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, as Colleen points out. She mentions Halloween and All Saints. I, of course, think of DΓ­a de los Muertos or Day of the Dead. Two years ago I created a nicho to celebrate the day and the lives of my kitties who had passed over the rainbow bridge.

This year I bought a Count Dracula costume for my black cats. I wanted to capture Meesker’s little white fangs, but unfortunately, he is not a model. My daughter had to add in the fangs for me. Meet Count Meeskula!

My old lady Kana, on the other hand, is quite the ham. She loves dressing up. She does not have fangs, though. Meet Countess Grannyula!

So when I saw that black cats for luck is a kigo I knew I would write about them!


We’ve entered

a time to ponder

new darkness,

more shadows,

and celebrate the season

of lucky black cats.


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57 responses to “First Frost, Week 1: #TankaTuesday

  1. A good poem and lovely Vampire Cats.

  2. VJ

    Hahaha. Hard to be serious when looking at Count Dracu-cat

  3. Your daughter is a clever one making those teeth:)

  4. Amy

    Oy, the poor kitties! I can’t imagine any of the 20 or so cats I’ve had in my life tolerating being dressed up. Bad enough when they had to wear the cone of shame…. I like the poem though!

    • You can stop feeling sorry for them! Meesker didn’t mind a little cape. It was the photo he didn’t want. And Kana loved it. She likes the attention. Now Lily on the other hand hated me putting a costume on her so I stopped right away. And I wouldn’t even try that with Perry or Sloopy.

  5. Gotta love black cats!

  6. Ellen

    I enjoyed the photos and the tanka!

  7. Super cute!

  8. You have done the kitties and the challenge proud! #luckyblackcats

  9. I wondered about those little white fangs!

  10. D.L. Finn, Author

    I LOVE the pics and costumes! They are photogenic. We have bat wings here and Coco has the fangs πŸ™‚ great poem to go along with it.

  11. I like this poem. It’s so timely, and kind to black cats (who are often hard done by).

  12. Love it! Love the poem, love the costumes, love the pics, love it all. What cutie pies!

  13. Very sweet, Luanne, and cute photos.

  14. Love the poem, the wonderful black cats and fab costumes!!
    The “fangs” were terrific, too…bravo!

  15. Marie A Bailey

    The photo of Meesker is hilarious. Indeed, these are two lucky black cats … lucky to be with you!

  16. This reminded me of when I was little and I always liked to dress up my cat in baby clothes. Then, I proceeded to take the cat for a walk in the stroller. I cannot say that the cat was always appreciative of my efforts. πŸ™‚ Great poem and photos!!!

  17. Kerfe

    I had a neighbor with two black cats, and they were both wonderful and distinct characters. Definitely good lucky! (K)

  18. Lovely post Luanne and the cats look amazing πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œπŸπŸ

  19. Luanne, your cats are adorable! I love your photos! Your shadorma captures the mystery of the season. La Dia de los Muertos is the perfect day to celebrate your furry babies that have passed. πŸ™πŸ»

  20. Hi Luanne, this is a fun Halloween poem. Your cats look very interesting in their Halloween finery.

  21. Awww. Lucky black cats are the best. The fangs are purrfect. Lol. Happy Halloween.

  22. I hope your black cats bring you lots of luck this Halloween.

  23. Oh, no, Luanne…. I’m having a kewtness OVERLOAD! πŸ˜€ <3


  24. They are adorable!😻

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