4/21/2005

Dust

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Dust (Swahili : tifutifu)

***** Location: Kenya
***** Season: Cool dry season, hot dry season
***** Category: Heaven


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Explanation

The dust of the two dry seasons in Kenya is the counterpart of the mud of the rainy seasons. In both cases, it is the state of soil corresponding to the season.


Maasai cattle stirring up the dust on the football field

Kenyan dust mostly consists of soil particles. As the dry season progresses, the soil dries out, and its particles are blown here and there. Dust fills the air, it clings to clothes and hair, and it causes the coughs and colds of the dry season. Any shower is welcome, as it lays the dust... at least for a while.

Householders and their domestic staff sweep the compounds every day, to keep the dust under control. Cars are washed every day to rinse off the dust. Every hairwash leaves a basin of brown water.

The trademark of the Kenya Safari Rally seems to be pictures of race cars, each followed by a swirl of dust.

Text and photo : © Isabelle Prondzynski

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East African Safari Rally

© PHOTO www.eastafricansafarirally.com


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Worldwide use

Japan

spring dust, shunjin 春塵 (しゅんじん)
haru no chiri 春の塵(はるのちり)
harubokori 春埃(はるぼこり)

sand storm, sajin arashi 砂じんあらし(さじんあらし)
suna arashi砂あらし(すなあらし)
Yellow Sand, koosa 黄砂 coming from the deserts of China all the way to Japan



春塵や東京はわが死にどころ 
shunjin ya Tookyoo wa waga shinidokoro  

spring dust -
Tokyo is the place
of my death


Suzuki Masajo 鈴木真砂女
Tr. Gabi Greve



Takano Sujuu (Takano Suju)and his
Spring Dust Haiku




 春塵の鏡はうつす人もなく      
山口青邨

 釈迦の掌の生命線に春ぼこり   
吉水就子


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塵の身のちりより軽き小てふ哉
chiri no mi no chiri yori karuki kochoo kana


a body of dust
lighter than dust...
little butterfly

Kobayashi Issa
Tr. David Lanoue


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Yemen

dust clouds
kigo for summer

Especially during summer, when loads of dust are in the air, it is rather uncomfortable and many Tihamis suffer from infected eyes.

dust clouds
up to the Highlands
burning eyes


Heike Gewi, Yemen, 2009

YEMEN SAIJIKI



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Things found on the way



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HAIKU


dusty morning --
four sparrows splash
in car wash water


(8th place, May 2007 Shiki Kukai)
http://www.haikuworld.org/kukai/archive.may2007.html


drought in the city --
even the bird bath
full of dust


Bird bath of All Saints' Cathedral Nairobi, full of dust
Photo © Isabelle Prondzynski

dusty wind --
a street trader selling
mugs without handles

dusty matatu --
people breathing inside
to edge it forward

~ Isabelle Prondzynski

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a flea crawling
on top of my book --
our dusty classroom


~ Timothy Wambugu


my sister
dusting her open shoes --
Saturday date


~ Catherine Maina


father dusting
his bible and humming a hymn --
Sunday morning


~ Gladys Naomi


dust
on the grass --
sports day


~ Sebastian Kimey


Dusty football practice
Photo © Isabelle Prondzynski



on the dusty road --
a street child limps
from jigger bites

~ Simon Magak


grey donkey --
rocking in the dust
to remove fleas


~ Elkana Mogaka


flea swatting
on the mattress --
dusty bedroom


~ Anne Wairimu


tall giraffe
along a dusty road --
tourist drive


~ Elungata Barrack


colonial bridge
crossing pedestrians over the
dusty railway station


~ Gideon Gichamba


hotter days
dusty environment
sick throats


~ Annastacia Muthoni


my shoes,
after arriving at school --
very dusty


~ Anne Wairimu


Dusty footpath
Photo © Isabelle Prondzynski



oh rain come
dust everywhere we go or sit
catching flu


~ Dorine Atieno


black shoes
turn brown --
dust all over

~ Mary Sharon Kaleche


the wind blows
carrying papers and soil --
it's dusty


~ Stephen Sigo


very dry --
cattle running across the field
leaving dust behind


~ Rhodah


brown sweat drops --
hawkers rest under the
dusty acacia tree

~ Hussein Hadji


dust --
white shoes
turn brown


~ Joan


a hot calm day
cattle walking on the path
brown dust behind


~ Angeline


after the rally
dusty cars
on the ramp

~ Sebastian


happy winners
on the dusty cars
pouring champagne


~ Hussein Hadji


a lorry passes
along the road --
dusty air to breathe


~ Opondo Mourice


dusty shoes --
wind blows across
sports ground


~ Khadijah


on a dusty road
rally cars speed up
dust rises


~ Kamau


papers fly
dust fills my eyes
wind blows

~ Yammame


vehicle move
along murram roads
dust all over


~ Fred Okido


dusty shoes --
students rest
under a mango tree


~ Titus

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St Patrick’s Outing, April 2007

April dust --
handkerchief covered with mucus
cursing the month


~ Dorine Atieno (Peacock)
(6th place in St Patrick’s Outing, April 2007)


April wind --
itinerant traders
with dust on their goods


~ Teresiah Wanjiku (Bamboocha)
(9th place in St Patrick’s Outing, April 2007)


April sun --
sweat running down my
dusty face


~ Sarah Adero (Bamboocha)
(11th place in St Patrick’s Outing, April 2007)


April dust --
ants struggling to scuttle
through the dusty sand


~ John Mwangi (Bamboocha)
(12th place in St Patrick’s Outing, April 2007)

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a dusty road between
two majestic rocky walls --
Hell's Gate

car after car
blowing dust into our faces --
the constant clatter of shoes

a dead wasp resting
on the dusty window pane --
no way through glass

~ Patrick Wafula


cloudy Saturday --
children play along
the dusty road


~ Nechesa Anne


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wash me-
the dusty windscreen reads at
at the parking bay

scorching sun--
the little pond dries up
day by day


Hussein Haji
January 2011


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stinky dustbin-
houseflies hover over
mango peels


Andrew Otinga
January 2011


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dusty street--
a pregnant goat feeds
on mango peels


Patrick Wafula
January 2011


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swirling dust--
coats clean basin water
in the sun

dusty car panes--
the back writings are clear
wash me

swirling dust--
take nylon papers
deep the sky


Barrack Elung'ata
January 2011

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chilly morning --
a brown donkey pulls
a dusty cart


Synaidah Kalahi


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Related words

***** Mud (Swahili : matope)


***** Kenya Safari Rally

***** Mud (Swahili : matope)


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7 comments:

laryalee fraser said...

A wonderful selection of haiku,
and a memorable look at this part
of the planet.
Thank you, Isabelle and Gabi!

Lary

Anonymous said...

Simply Beautiful!
I'm happy this is not a contest, to choose the best would be difficult because each haiku captures the moment so well and to think it's been written by children.Truly amazing!!
I was greatly touched. . .

Impressive work Isabelle and GABI!
Warmly,
your friend from India,
Kala Ramesh

Tracy Koretsky said...

I found these moving and illuminating. Thank you.

Tracy

Pris said...

Beautifully written series of haiku. Very talented writers in this group. Their words moved me tremendously.

Anonymous said...

Hi GABI,

Each haiku was so truthfully captured.
Truly amazing.

I was deeply touched
warmly,

a friend

Anonymous said...

Dear Gabi san

It has been my privledge to see these students grow into fine poets.
Much credit goes to you and Lady Isabelle for your guidance.
The students' spirit is stellar.

A friend

Anonymous said...


Mountains rise from dust and earth,
and soar up to the floating clouds
in the great sky.


Tales of a Dust Mound
Translator(s): Dykstra, Yoshiko K.

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http://scholarspace.manoa.hawaii.edu/handle/10125/614