Thursday, August 31, 2006

Up to eyeballs...

... in training for a new job and getting kids settled in school. Should be back to normal next weekend!

crystalline sunshine (J. Andrew Lockhart)

crystalline sunshine
crystalline sunshine
pierces through cool air...
autumn seduction

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Cows stop play.

fine drizzle-
half a dozen cows stop
two inter-city trains

Power to the cow!

A handful of cows brought two big manmade machines to a full stop while making a policeman and a railwayman look silly trying to herd them away and look cool doing it.

To be fair to the policeman, he showed a good sense of humour and it lightened the mood of the overcrowded trains trying to get home from work.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Autumn kisses

Autumn kisses
I?m saving them
For u to come
©2006 kai croft
big yellow buses
slowly moving down the street
back to school monday

Sunday, August 27, 2006


shorter days
the zucchini still

Saturday, August 26, 2006

all of a sudden
the floors
too cold for bare feet

raft of ducks

raft of ducks
gliding by the dock
pulling in fall

late August

late August —
pale brown patches
on the lawn

Thursday, August 24, 2006

clear sticky plastic
envelops their new school books
knowledge keeps longer

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Don't Look Now

rain-soaked leaves...
my red waterproof straining
to live up to its name

Autumn wrap up -
fresh core
still available.

Artwork: Klaus Johansen

Tuesday, August 22, 2006

eyes closed

eyes closed,
mental liberty
fueled by the wind
bringing the first hint
of autumn

Monday, August 21, 2006

Leaves fell

Leaves fell

Scattering around

Way too soon
©2006 kai croft
bright autumn sun -
xxxthe empty hammock
xxxxxxfades just a bit more
Apple Spas

Natalia L. Rudychev
Apple Spas is a holiday celebrated on August 19. This is the day when apples are blessed. After the Apple Spas evenings get cooler and autumn begins. It is customary to enjoy apple pies, stewed apples and apple jam during this celebration.

fat magpie

fat magpie
sitting on the fence
autumn wind

Sunday, August 20, 2006

In Memory

Summer ended
With the passing of her colors
Falling leaves

See another tribute to Mom on River-Tree Whispers. And one before her passing on Mothers Day. These times are rich.

autumn wind

Saturday, August 19, 2006

the cold autumn wind
scatters the old leaves
in the family photo
her face is slowly
slowly fading

Vic Gendrano
the cat stops
at the open door
a chill in the air


Friday, August 18, 2006

old fire escape

Natalia L. Rudychev
chimes softly singing
foliage dancing in the wind
promises of fall

Thursday, August 17, 2006

bright sunshine but still
regretting the short skirt


my vision

my vision,
altered by fog
in the cool morning
sending my thoughts
from summer to fall
in wet sand
where deer cross the creek
a boot print

Sweet autumn

Sweet autumn
Leaves will fall as we stroll
For a nice walk---
©2006 kai croft

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

A butterfly shivering
last days in autumn -
shadows and dust.
autumn wind
scent of a doe
in heat

Monday, August 14, 2006

angel death

Raglan Road to Raglan Lane
in the gentle rain
a south wind
the birds waiting on

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Naked trees

Naked trees
Dance in the autumn winds
No more leaves---
©2006 kai croft
autumn rain
dry leaves get soaked
remember green foliage dearly

Saturday, August 12, 2006

fading rainbow --
a maple leaf swirls
down the drain

cool breeze caressing
solitary cricket sings
farewell to ebbing season



I purchased a mic today and signed up with to start a haiku podcast. I'll be reading the week's haiku on my blogspot every Friday. I hope you enjoy the haiku, and the horrid sound of my recorded voice.


Dustin Neal

Friday, August 11, 2006

wasp nest -
work is done
early autumn
annoying workers
wow gerald...that is great
sorry i have been tardy about posting anything ...
been rushed off my feet...

autumn rain
half naked children
try out every puddle

overcast sky
this morning's wet laundry
feels colder


virtual fall revised ku

Thursday, August 10, 2006

leave surfing down
supporting heat
tumble over by the rest of the gang
touching ground zero
fall plumage
freshly painted decoys
dry on the lawn
a red leaf

i saw it swiftly swirls

in early fall---
©2006 kai croft

the volcanoe knows no season

red and gold flows
down the mountain raging
colors of autumn in the trees

the sp...lit
oak t....ree

dustin neal

Wednesday, August 09, 2006


the grain
of the wood
fingerprinting time
season of the falling leaves
another ring


A short haibun

It had been a warm sunny day after a few dull cloudy ones. I'd been out to the shops in the morning and spent the afternoon pottering about doing a few household chores.

After tea I noticed the magpie again. It was on the driveway, looking around. It waddles up towards the rose tree which has a number of hips visible among the branches. It turns towards the lawn, crosses the footpath and on to the lawn. It looks at the willow tree but then walks across to the hedge.

I spend some time on the computer. Around 8pm I remember that I've not yet put the wheelie-bin out for the binmen who come tomorrow. I look out to see that it is now pouring down with rain. I gather up the household rubbish into plastic bags and put them by the front door.

Shortly after 10pm, I see the rain has eased off. I slip a coat on, gather up the bags, take them to the bin which I then wheel to the end of the drive.

in the dark
crunch and crack of snails
under my boot

Didn't see them guv', honest.

In the dim light I could see a dozen or more objects across the driveway. Rosehips dropped by the magpie I surmised.

Only the cold light of day confirms.
falling leaves...
while they can



photo by mmm
haiku by pdm

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

picnic table
fallen leaves
cover the mail

- dustin neal
autumn heat
the setter sets in every
corn roast
the urge
to floss


Monday, August 07, 2006

Yellow leaves

Yellow leaves
I found one
On ur solid ground---
©2006 kai croft
first autumn rain the cat licks her newborn

Guardian Culture Vulture Site of the Week

Fallings Leaves has been declared Site of the Week by the Guardian Culture Vulture , Michelle Pauli who says

It may still be only the beginning of August but the haiku world is turning its seasonal eye towards autumn (arguably a far more satisfying time of year for your average melancholy scribe than that brash, bouncy, extrovert summer). Now, as all followers of our weekly topical haiku competition know - and ignore - haiku traditionally contains a "kigo", or season word, but this blog collection, Falling Leaves, is entirely dedicated to autumn. It is part of a series which traces the seasons as they unfold and follows the spring and summer collections. The principle is simple - you can read the haiku on the blog and post comments, or register with Blogger in order to contribute your own autumnal haiku. ... Reassuringly for haiku novices tempted to contribute, the founder of the blog is adamant that there are no "absolute absolutes" in haiku. You also have until October 30, if it still feels just a little too premature for musing on mulched leaves and conker fights.

sun out

sun out a magpie waits in the willow
summer grape
a brood of grouse
struggle to lift off
Coot arrives in flock
reeds rattle
roofing in process

Sunday, August 06, 2006


i just wanted to say that i'm enjoying the haiku, tanka, and haiga that's been popping up on "falling leaves." i look forward to reading more throughout autumn. this seasonal collaboration we've done since last spring has been a blast!

best wishes,
dustin neal

midnight pond
the deer's tongue
deepens into the moon


Wind stirs the ripe corn
Who knows the worth of men's work?
Only the reaper


the heat tries hard
to divert my attention
but it fails-
the sun falls earlier
today than yesterday


photo by mmm
waiting for autumn
my sweaters are restless
inside that drawer

Saturday, August 05, 2006

A pretty nice day in autumn (Haiku)

A pretty nice day
One thing is missing
Not a leaf falls yet---

Autumn is waiting
For us take a walk
On red leaves----

He rakes the leaves
Off the sidewalk
While the trees wave goodbyes

blowing in
the winds of dancing leaves
the trees had gone nude

©2006 kai croft
wet smelling air
blows by..
hint of fall
a poem
drifts over cattails . . .
autumn breeze

- dustin neal

Friday, August 04, 2006

one leaf

one leaf

will fall silently on grounds

in early august
©2006 kai croft
thick clover
branches rest their weight
of apples



hearing the first
sound of band practice-
football season

Thursday, August 03, 2006

shorter days...
the color in a leaf
in the soil

longer nights...
the color in a leaf
in the soil

Playing with the difference
in the two versions... ;-)


Trees are almost gone
Very empty as I left a
Little piece of me----

©2006 kai croft
the temperature drops
'back to school' clothes
in the supermarket

autumn rain
renewed the lawn
stretching I rise from bench

Clouds Peak


Clouds Peak is still accepting haiku through September 25th! I have accepted a fair amount of haiku but there's still a lot of room in the second issue. If you haven't checked out the first issue, I hope you do; the poets in the first issue are really amazing. The graceful poets made Clouds Peak, not me. I look forward to your summer and autumn haiku!

Also, I updated today!

Dustin Neal
of an august moon --
the rolling brownout ends

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

fallen leaves..
for the long winter

the doe's tail
popping the direction
the leaf falls

- dustin neal


two leaves

fells from many trees

turning all dead brown
©2oo6 kai croft
entrancing sunrise
a few seconds late each day

shorter days

shorter days berries begin to blush


loaf-mass day...
chocolate croissant dipping
and waiting for my girl

Happy Belated Lammas Day!

apples swell

between complaints
of too much sun, too much rain
the apples swell

remaining heat
blends with showers of rain
mind change rhythm
bare path-
looking up for the first
yellow leaf

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

between the sky
and the spin of the earth
this falling leaf

(I'm unsure about the haiku "properness" of this type of phrasing?)
scarecrow guard
harvest field
the hammock gently nurse my sleep
brown orphan leaf
gently resting on grass
people rush past

autumn gale

autumn gale
the rosebush knocks
on my window
swallows chirruping
suspended on long cables
silhouettes against deep blue
August heatwave --
in the shade
of an American Elm