2006-08-26

762. Teem Spirit

hot afternoon —
a city of ants swarm
upon a log

[Notes]

11 comments:

Karasu said...

This is a great haiku Vaughn. Back to nature. Very clear image. I can almost feel the ants swarming all over me from here!

One grammatical question (from an Applied Linguistics dropout): Isn't "swarm" a noun? And "swarmed", "swarming" and "swarms" the corresponding verbs.

Masago said...

Karasu: Thanks for the kind words. As for swarm, it can be used as a verb with or without an object:

http://tinyurl.com/fz8mc

Karasu said...

Masago/Vaughn. I stand corrected. Sorry. My dictionary confirms that, in addition to being a noun, "swarm" is both a transitive and intransitive verb. I wonder what I was thinking? "Swarm" just didn't look right to me in the context of the haiku. I can see now why I became an Applied Linguistics dropout! And perhaps I shouldn't drink beer, eat potato chips, watch a footy match, and post comments to your blog simultaneously ;-)

Hototogisu said...

further to karasu's post above, i regret to advise that karasu choked on his own beta blog this evening. and despite resuscitation efforts, he and his blog are no longer with us. he has, however, been reborn in the wordpress.com realms as "hototogisu".

polona said...

wonderful image!

Aurora said...

I like this one, Vaughn.

Masago said...

Karasu/hototgisu: No problem. ;-)

Polona: Thanks.

Aurora: Thanks.

floots said...

i'm fascinated by their aimless purposefulness and this captures it so well

Masago said...

Floots: Yes, it is amazing that out of all that aimlessness they can be so successful. In fact, they are one of the most successful insect species:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ant

Thanks!

Pat Paulk said...

They don't question they just do. Good one Vaughn!!

Masago said...

Pat: Thanks. Yes, instinct is the driving force I understand..