Smoky Haze

blue-gray smoky haze

veils the city of angels

tearful angels choke

Day Twenty-five of Haiku Challenge:

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  1. I am coughing reading this,lol! Get those angels some gasmasks! Cool haiku!


  2. I’ve never been to California, but I’ve often seen the photos of smog. Don’t hey have a bunch of wind turbines around there? Why doesn’t the wind blow that smog clear into the Midwest?


    • I’m sure the Midwesterner’s would love that!

      Yeah, it’s pretty intense there isn’t it? Thanks, Mike. 🙂


    • To answer your question Mike (as a LA-born girl back in the days when LA didn’t have smog) the wind turbines are out here in the Coachella Valley. Mountains surround Los Angeles and the inversion factor traps in all the polutants (it’s like a bowl) and the mountains keep the smog from getting out here. We have the same issue in Reno because of the Sierra Nevada but because of wind and lower population, it doesn’t even begin to compare. My science may not be right on target, but that’s what it’s like.

      Your haiku says it all, Gayle.


  3. It’s all down to topography – a haze bowl


  4. this is so realistic Gayle. i remember our discussion on this topic. its brilliant.


  5. Very poignant. They must be sad angels looking down on their city.


  6. This is so true and so sad … ironic as well. 😦
    Nice job with the prompt ;-)! Thanks for sharing ~ becca ~


  7. I found this to have a little tongue in cheeck sound to it. I was smiling. There can be humor in tragedy. I have a sister who lives in California. Last time I visited I could barely see the sky. It was depressing. Very nice take, Gayle.


    • I’ve never been out there but have heard from my two brothers how bad it is. One brother moved to New Mexico to escape the bad air several years ago.

      That’s pretty serious–not healthy to live in that environment.

      Thanks, Isadora! xoxo


  8. But it isn’t always that way…honest.


  9. Ha ha I like this pic a lot.. Loved it.. Please visit this page for the grand Celebrations, it starts here

    Someone is Special


  10. Tearful.. why would pretty angels have to put up with something that we created or mis-created?
    Lovely thought!

    Love xox


    • There is a large city in the state of California called Los Angeles. You may have heard of it–but the translation of it means “City of Angels”. That’s what I was writing about. There is a large amount of smoggy air in that city–that’s an actual photo of it.

      Thanks for your comments, Olivia.

      Love and hugs…


  11. Mother nature has to be sad, the destruction and the lack of caring, she is hurting, thanks for giving voice to the angels B. 🙂


    • Bodhirose

       /  February 27, 2011

      Yes, I think Mother Nature is hurting and the people here trying to cope with how badly we’ve run some things into the ground. Thanks, Lynnaima, for caring.


  12. Truth! Sad … Nicely done.


  13. The irony about Los Angeles is that it’s a “green city” but yet so polluted.



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