Carpe Diem Haiku *Tyumen*


It was February of 1944 when inhabitants of Tyumen gathered their cats for them to be shipped off to the State Hermitage in St.Petersburg (Leningrad) as “rescuers” of artistic treasures from rats. After the 900-day period of the Siege of Leningrad (the Leningrad Blockade), when millions of people starved to death, there was no cat population left at all. The rats had survived, of course, and started to eat everything, including the priceless art. 238 Tyumen cats were sent to the northern capital where they saved the day and became heroes to the nation. Nowadays in Tyumen there is located the only Siberian Cat Square in the world (with alley and 12 different sculptures of cats) for this historical fact not to be forgotten.

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cat mobilization
killer instict awakens
in the name of art

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Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

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13 thoughts on “Carpe Diem Haiku *Tyumen*

  1. You’ve generously favored us with historical facts not readily available. You’ve done this for the past few occasions. And fittingly a beautiful haiku to accompany them. Thanks for sharing Ese!



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