Are we alone? Instead of using the Winter Solitude theme for this issue's Contemporary Haiga section, I thought that instead it might be fun to calling for haiga on the theme of domestic animals: "dogs, cats, farm animals, laboratory animals, any species that has been domesticated or bred by humans whether for purpose or simply to share companionship on our lonely journey," as the call for submissions put it.

It's been fun seeing what has come in. Predictably, there's a plurality of haiga about cats, but we also have dogs, birds, horses, sheep, goldfish and even bees. Missing species include asses, pigs, camels, elephants, chickens, ducks, geese, pigeons and turkeys, rabbits and hamsters and silk moths—that's alright, because the haiga we've selected explore such a wide range of possibilities: the nature of these animals, and relationships with them—from joy and comfort to cruelty and loss. May it be as thought provoking for you as it's been for me.

01
Alexis Rotella
02
Martina Heinisch
03
Emily Romano
04
Mary Davila
05
Martina Heinisch
06
Mary Davila
07
Emily Romano
08
Alexis Rotella
09
Emma Dalloway
10
Alexis Rotella
11
John Irvine
12
John Irvine
13
Jacek Margolak
14
Ida Mahulja
&
Bojan Bonifačić
15
John Irvine
16
Alexis Rotella
17
Linda Papanicolaou
18
Jan Turner
19
John Irvine
20
Emma Dalloway
21
Linda Papanicolaou
22
Mary Davila
23
Sandy Vrooman
24
Kay Dolezal
25
Alexis Rotella
26
Martina Heinisch
27
Dorota Pyra
28
Kay Dolezal

For information about our June Haiga Challenge,
click the Submissions link on the left sidebar.