Wednesday, May 31, 2006

her loud barks
scatter the mynahs and crows
dining on the swarmers

A "swarm" is a dispersal flight of winged termites to start new colonies.

Like termite colonies, mature ant colonies produce winged
reproductives called swarmers that fly out to start new colonies.

Tuesday, May 30, 2006

in the headlamps
the glow of the stray's eyes
scent of orange blossom

short night—
the man in the moon
pulls the clouds closer

—dustin neal


our uncut lawn
all along the edge
under a scimitar moon
the blood thirsty mosquitoes
-night of fireflies


summer sneeze i trap my finger in the shop's fridge door

location: Billy Row, County Durham, UK, May 2006

Monday, May 29, 2006

rainy day
a fledgling sparrow pecks at
the fallen cherry

muggy morning
amidst acres of green
courting bluebirds

Sunday, May 28, 2006

rain wet pebbles
breathe out their stillness
the first cicada

Memorial Day . . .
a veteran surrenders
to the toy gun

Saturday, May 27, 2006

scratched arms and knees
along the tangled brown fence
black berry baskets

candid camera

tree nymph -
I think we both blink
at the camera flash

Wildwalk ginko

Are you bilingual?
world cup fever
the flag of st. george
from every other window

location: Newton Ayclclffe, County Durham, UK, May 2006

Friday, May 26, 2006

leaves dance in
rhythmic waves of wind-
flowers bloom to watch

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Hi dear friends please excuse me for publishing so many but will be on holiday for a week.Hope to bring news of Bulgaria
regards, John
on a country road
the red colour of death
the black of crow
geese pass -
a trouble-free
old setter
stick in his mouth
wishing he'd run for it
a nostalgic whiff
of melting tar:
summers ago
summer mowing
the tractor starts
the meadow leaps
through clouds
a ray pierces
the poppy's head fills with light
every shade of green
on the cherry tree

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

reaching out
for my neighbour's mangoes
the screech of parrots


  • sorry i haven't been around much. getting back into the swing of class is new for me. some of you know i took the spring semester off to work.
  • also, i've had the flu for about two weeks.
  • basically, i've been working on clouds peak.
  • oh, i finally sent out a few more invitations to those who e-mailed me with requests.
  • i hope to post here in the coming weeks.
  • i've been slacking over at wakakusa.
  • and, fourth place in the shiki kukai:

long day-
the snake curled
in a rooster's shadow

(kigo entry)

old pea field—
the rusted bucket full
of grandpa's shadow

(free format entry)


dustin neal

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

summer morning-
no need for shade
or long-sleeves


hands together
down the city streets
summer friends

Monday, May 22, 2006

heavier now
the storm torn lychee tree
gives up its sweetness


The lychee is the most renowned of a group of edible fruits of the soapberry family, Sapindaceae.
It is botanically designated
Litchi chinensis Sonn. (Nephelium litchi Cambess)
and widely known as litchi and regionally as
lichi, lichee, laichi, leechee or lychee
yellow flags
a damselfly alights
on my sneaker

Sunday, May 21, 2006

summer rain-
a gulmohar petal sticks
to my sandal


Saturday, May 20, 2006

sunset shadows
the heat slowly rises
to the moon
plane trails
in the summer breeze
airplane stories

sneak by the red barn
strewn blue jeans, shoes and shorts
irrigation pond


Friday, May 19, 2006

a chameleon
watches a spider spin down
a sunspun thread


Thursday, May 18, 2006

swirling in
a shaft of sunlight
mayfly swarm

summer -
still attached to the worn rug
an old clothes peg


Veronica and the dog's b*******

mad haiku during a walk in Southampton

I wuz onlie
jus over the limit

speedwell and other May sightings
hair of the dog in Speedwell

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

trading achy arms
muddy knees and freckles shine
crawdads in a pail

Haiku Hike

Here's news of a project taking place over this Summer:


Maybe some of you would like to share a walk - where you walked and a haiku any feelings the environment evoked etc - maybe even haibun... and pictures... or videos from you mobile phones... any kind of walk... not just in countryside... urban... anywhere...

Send your walks to me at: - put haiku hike in the subject line...



miscarriage a dandelion seed stuck to her cheek

Monday, May 15, 2006

his fingers scatter
the blossoms


Sunday, May 14, 2006

mom loved laundry day

against summer skies
silver maple quickens in breeze
she dances with shirts

(My sister said it another way in Dance Lesson. And see my other tribute to Mom at River-Tree Whispers.)

Saturday, May 13, 2006

barefooted and pink
toddlers knock at the back door
dandelion fisted


Friday, May 12, 2006

reading Issa
I hesitate to swat
that pesky fly


summer pasta

summer lectures
he eats a can of beanz
each day

Thursday, May 11, 2006


Wednesday, May 10, 2006

May sun the cool river invites

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

hearing the bumps

hearing the bumps
of the river barges-
cloudy night sky
may drizzle
a pregnant cat
among the headstones



ragweed —
the new boss
forgets my name

Monday, May 08, 2006

get your own pond!

a periwinkle rotates
deeper into seaweed

...and get my name right!

smell of watermelon ...
the high sun factor face block
just purchased

Sunday, May 07, 2006

nettled legs
a linnet is singing
in the blackthorn

little onion

this river of tears
fallen petals

FYI: I will be offline until May 18th.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

the howingl loo chases
the watwermelon vendor
under his cart


is a strong, hot and dry wind which blows over Northern
and parts of Western India during day time in summer.

two doves

warning from the pine
an afternoon thunder storm
mourning doves murmur

The Chairman says Yes! to Summer

Summer pageant:
the Chairman's heartfelt thanks
melt in my London's Pride


Friday, May 05, 2006

picking jasmine
a butterfly and I
startle one another

party over
dazed moths
under the lamp


bikini line

bikini line
every seventh wave
a bit smaller


i've written a few 'bikini line' haiku and was prompted to post this one from last year after seeing these Japanese Bathers at zyzzy's blog...

A Buffy fan outside the city museum Paul!

street sleeper:
sunlight slides over a book
on vampire slayers

Thursday, May 04, 2006

summer lightning . . .
.....Buddha smiles
..........from the neighbor's yard

- dustin neal
minnesota plans
even before lilacs bloom
summer vacation

--ardi keim

sun birds flit
through mimosa blossoms
-hot sweet tea

cicada shell—
the cradle

- dustin neal

summer sand

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

the dust storm
leaves the letterbox cluttered
with gulmohar blossoms


Gulmohar (Delonix regia) also known as Royal Poinciana, Flamboyant Tree, Flame Tree, Peacock Flower
words of admiration
in a foreign tongue


Tuesday, May 02, 2006

her cigarette smoke
haloes the moon
cicada's song

- dustin neal
almost summer -
I empty his half-finished
cup of coffee..

Sangeet :)

gear shift
a patchwork of rape
and new sown barley

Little Onion

squierrl chatter—
my old dog rolls
to her left side

- dustin neal
stone fence
a snail trail leads
towards the shade
long day—
the pea bucket full
of grandpa's shadow

- dustin neal

Monday, May 01, 2006

hot morning
the coolness of mango blossoms
in a koel's song


n.1.(Zool.) Any one of several species of cuckoos of the genus Eudynamys,
found in India, the East Indies, and Australia. They deposit their eggs in the nests of other birds.
pulling weeds
the sound of a man
blowing his nose

Little Onion

shrivelled daffodils

shrivelled daffodils
under the willows' shade:
dandelions bloom

summer is a-comin' in
hi from
gerald england