Monday, 25 June 2007

haiku - bugs in Malawi

hippos grunt
in the dusk shrouded river -
fireflies flicker.

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sausage flies
squeeze under the door -
one bare light bulb.

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praying mantis
on the back of a chair -
gecko watches.

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hunting spiders
scuttle across the floor -
red flip flops.


bugs for One Deep Breath

23 comments:

polona said...

little dramas unfold in your haiku.
enjoyed.

Sandy said...

Great haiku, but a little two many bugs for me!
Were they able to get indoors???

Crafty Green Poet said...

thanks polona.

Sandy - yes they got indoors - we had very domesticated bugs in Malawi!

Southern Me~ said...

I like all your haiku. Spiders, ewwww, creepy crawlers!

Regina Clare Jane said...

As I read this I am reminded of all the bugs (and other creatures) I have been watching on Planet Earth-
Living in FL, we have a lot of our wildlife inside the house as well- not by choice, mind you.

JLB said...

I see the little geckos walking the walls and hear the palm trees rustle as I read this one!

Plain Foolish said...

I really enjoy the hippos sharing the river with the fireflies...

Also the praying mantis and the gecko - the hunter hunted...

spacedlaw said...

Exotic creepy crawlies !
Love the gecko.

Clare said...

Such delightful images! I love grunting hippos, and the visual I got of sausage flies squeezing under a door cracks me up. The gecko watching a praying mantis is cool. And hunting spiders creates such a powerful feeling. Well done!

get zapped said...

These are so cool! You really capture the moment. I miss fireflies.

Roswila said...

Taken together, these are so very atmospheric. A real sense of place. Thanks!

megan said...

you took me to a place I've never been & I loved it...especially the hippos bathing by firefly light. What a world!

Rae Trigg said...

Nice images. The one about the mantis reminded me of summers where I grew up ... we always, somewhere along the line, saw a praying mantis somewhere around the house.

Clockworkchris said...

Really nice imagery. I am with Sandy about the bugs inside-yuck!

Bill said...

New territory for haiku. thanks for bringing us there.

jem said...

Lots going on here. I could relate to the last one, but I've never heard of sausage flies, and I dont think I would like them :)

Patois said...

Your order choice was wonderful. You set the stage so very well with the hippos and fireflies. The second one caused an eek reaction in me just because the flies sound so huge. Wonderful haiku, all of them.

jason evans said...

Wonderfully described moments. The tension and motion is the focus. Very vibrant.

Crafty Green Poet said...

southern me - thanks! Sorry you don't like spiders!

Regina - its one of the negatives of living in a hot climate I guess!

jlb, plain foolish - thanks!

spacedlaw - I loved having the geckos in our living room! Very sweet!

Clare - thanks! Yes hunting spiders create a 'powerful feeling' - especially in November when they're full size....

get zapped, roswila, megan, rae - thanks!

Chris - it does depend on the bugs, but yes the indoor bugs I describe here are not things you really want in your house!

Bill, Jason - thanks!

Jem, Patois - sausage flies, not even sure if that is their real name, are quite large but the worst thing is the creepy way they squeeze under doors. Total yuck - though harmless.

giggles said...

wow this is so much fun! I loved it!

Hugs Giggles

Jone said...

I especially like the spiders one. I love spiders. They were all quite marvelous.The images. I have tagged you for an interesting mem. Please go here for the instructions:
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Pearl said...

sausage flies sound hefty by name. Like the praying mantis one best.

Rax said...

this made me smile :) the hippos in shire particularly remind me of my childhood. wonderful. [i lived in lilongwe and blantyre from 1989-1995]