Friday, June 30, 2006

clouds peak


It thrills me to say that the first issue of clouds peak is up and ready to be read.

clouds peak

Dustin Neal

Thursday, June 29, 2006

my best lavender
covered in cuckoo spit
a kiss on both cheeks


where the bee sucks

spent a day with in windmill community gardens made some pieces including this video which is in actuality one moment a video haiku manipulated and streched

where the bee sucks
click above to view

ninety years
on from the somme
a bee leaving a poppy



Wednesday, June 28, 2006

too hot?

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

gentle warbler
so fierce today-
little cuckoo's gone

Monday, June 26, 2006


the summer lake roles over my toes. i role my blue jeans up. the heat strikes my brow; sweat pours down my face. i take her by the hand, drift slowly into the mossy waters, waist deep, boat waves hit our chests. somewhere in the midst of thunderous claps and splashing water i hear her mother shout, "hallelujah!"

church construction . . .
a noon drizzle
baptizes the frame
in the attic
a dusty little cuckoo clock
-passing storm

I was reading Dustin's post re a fall group while listening to Pandora when "Summer is over" by Fred Eaglesmith came up. Without wanting to wish away the all-too-brief summer, the lyrics seemed appropriate to the theme and not unhaiku-esque

"Well summer is over, the turnstiles are seized,
The ferris wheel turns by itself in the breeze.
And the big diesel engines idle out on the lawn.
Summer is over and my baby's gone.
And the roller coaster pulls at its pins.
The bumper boats drift out and they drift back in.
And the September breezes are bringing winter along.
Summer is over and my baby's gone."

And of the subject of things drifting about

New Kigo


I love the recent haiku. I think the kigo idea is really working well. Also, I wanted to go ahead and get the word out that we will need someone to run the fall haiku blog. I think each session should be run by a new poet. I sure do hope we continue these seasonal group sessions.

Anyway, the new kigo is...

Little Cuckoo!

Hototogisu (Little Cuckoo, May-July).
A bird in the Cuckoo family noted for its song.

Dustin Neal

Sunday, June 25, 2006

tiny brown bird
vine and blue scent trailing

FYI: Kigo

I had to look it up. Wikipedia is great for that.

Kigo are words or phrases that can be strongly associated with a particular season, or sometimes the association can be more subtle...

Saturday, June 24, 2006

gossiping neighbours
just another sunday on
Wisteria Lane
after the quarrel
a dab of wisteria fragrance
revives her spirits


Thursday, June 22, 2006

raising up the child
to touch the wisteria
this short night


Wednesday, June 21, 2006

sadly watching the
last bit of sunlight-
summer solstice

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

wisteria coils
all the way up the down pipe
a house mouse
after the rain
he straightens the wisteria
in the fading light


climbing the fence
of our neighbor’s yard
hangs on the gate
with lullabies

Monday, June 19, 2006

wisteria !
all the blue crayons
worn to a stub


old wisteria
straight only where
the trellis was

New Kigo

i think the kigo idea worked well.

ihis week's kigo . . .


your friend,
dustin neal

Sunday, June 18, 2006

outdoor concert
enough space around me
-mosquito repellent

mosquito swatted
with the morning paper
blood on the news

too hot

too hot to sleep
too hot to kill
the mosquito

Saturday, June 17, 2006

itchy legs-
mosquitoes congregate
by the pond

mosquito doodle

sketching the sunrise-
almost all the mosquitoes
a quiet hum
spring poem
summer deepens

—dustin neal

Friday, June 16, 2006

twilight the mosquitoes predict rain

mosquito !
the only buzz
i get tonight

i stroke the mosquito bite
with my thumb

Thursday, June 15, 2006

New Idea


Paul brought up a fun idea for this group, so I'm going to roll with it and see how it works. I like the idea of a summer kigo every few days . You can either reply to the day's kigo post with your haiku, or you can create your own post. I know a lot of you guys and gals are away from the computer these days. However, I just want to try and get some writing done.

I, like Paul, try to write a haiku a day, at least, even if my muse is being a whore. I hope you guys and gals don't stop writing even when you feel you have nothing to write. Haiku waits for us around every corner, and that is what I love so much about this art.

Dustin Neal

So, I guess I'll present today's kigo...


summer slump

summer slump —
a called strike three
draws faint applause

dangling my feet
in this river once again
a turn of the wheel


Summer Haiku?


I don't know if I've done something wrong, or if this is just how it is during the summer, but the sharing of haiku here at the summer haiku blog is pretty "blah" right now. If I've not done a good job as moderator, I'm sorry. However, I hope to see some summer haiku in the coming weeks.

I would like to thank Little Onion for posting his exciting stories of his haiku adventures. I hope all of you are having a good summer thus far. I'm always here if any of you need anything. I guess the last thing I have to say is "Go Mavs~!"

- Dustin Neal last quarter.
in the jukebox—
.........................summer moon

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

dry lake—
fishing lures tangled
in cattails

-dustin neal

Three Estates Renga

Saturday the 17th sees the first of the 6 'Three Estates Renga - 100 verses for three estates' take place. Little Onion has been invited to be Master Poet for the piece.

an early morning
of back pain and vomit
white climbing roses

Little Onion

Monday, June 12, 2006

moonlit field . . .
.....a lightning bug
..........rounds second

-dustin neal
dark morning sky a man is playing a flute
Liam J. (10)
.West Cornforth Primary School County Durham UK

Sunday, June 11, 2006

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and swing by my blog to hear my first single secrets.


confused mockingbird
sings to the full moon-
summer night
June swoon —
the rookie’s curve

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Who's There?

Hearing the doorbell
above AC not cooling
I pull on my pants

Friday, June 09, 2006

storm clouds
willow fluff drifts idly
along the street

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Distant Mountains

distant mountains
as we row through the water
fish jump to meet us

Lauryn Bennett

The above is one from Elmfield Primary in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, UK. A 10 year old's first haiku.

More can be seen here:


Part of Little Onion's Summer Tour 2006. I really do feel that I learn so much from the children in the time spent with them thinking, writing and laughing.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

lightning storm—
the treetops sway in
and out of darkness

—dustin neal
please list your links here so that i can add them to the link section of this blog. i'll try and get onto that today even though i have a paper due tomorrow. i did take the responsibility of this prjoect, so i apologize for my lack of structure.


I was wondering if/when someone was going to alter the blog template and add links to the sites and blogs of the various contributors.

It would be nice to see them instead of the links to Google and those ubiquitous "edit me" entries!

I've just given the three haiga I've contributed to the blog so far their own page on my blog Mandy's Meanderings at
Summer Haiga.

Monday, June 05, 2006

in between poems email from mother— hurricane season

—dustin neal
haiku news!!
summer evening
between trees, glittering
columns of midges
the field-hand
streams his urine
into a glittering arc

Saturday, June 03, 2006

heat at zenith—
a child's kite tangled
in powerlines

—dustin neal

clouds peak, still accepting submissions!

June swoon

June swoon —
a songbird serenades
my hangover

Friday, June 02, 2006

walking free
with sandals in hand-
butterflies dance

Out On the Road

Been out on the road again. Readings, workshops and Travelodges.

Here's one from a 9 year old in Kirk Merrington, County Durham:

men working
in the street
red hot


Click here for more from Kirk Merrington


Thursday, June 01, 2006

rain-drenched fields
a single poppy glows
in fading light