Here lies cigarettes and bottle caps in dirt lot with stories untold
This Saturday, I participated in the Hayward City Clean Up volunteer day and was assigned a certain street to pick up trash. It was a rewarding experience to contribute to improving the city. I was surprised to see so many cigarette butts littered on sections of the street (especially near certain apartment complexes). At the corner of an empty dirt lot, we found a lot of cigarette butts and bottle caps. While I am not supportive of smoking, drinking or littering, I do wonder who these people are. Why do they smoke and why do they drink? Is it for fun, to relieve stress or to drown out their sorrows? Did they drink and smoke alone, or in a group? What is their life story? Cleaning up trash is a reactive approach to beautifying the city. Over time, it may provide a healthier neighborhood. However, what is the root cause of the problem? What can we do to be more proactive to prevent this type of litter from happening in the first place? Everyone’s story is worth hearing.
A quiet morning curled up on the recliner reading a good book
After a week of constant meetings and deadlines, it was a blessing to hold a physical, tangible book to escape to a time before modern day technology and all of the noise, chatter and distractions that come with it. Sometimes you just need to slow down in order to catch up 🙂
Breathing in the fresh mountain air, I absorb the landscape before me. Standing tall beneath the wispy clouds, the mountain embraces the river. Sandy brown, granite gray, with streams of white pebbles flowing down the slopes.
Flowing to a richer part of the mountain covered with yellow-green grass, surrounded by auburn trees, next to the white pebble beach by the blue-green water. The sun shines throughout.
Standing on Kappa Bridge, I look dull in comparison, for I am only one color, the color of my skin. However, when standing next to my brothers and sisters from all over the world, we are also part of nature’s beauty, varying colors standing together, living in harmony.
Happy New Year everyone! I’m excited to announce that my haiku won 3rd place in the 2017 Tokutomi Haiku Contest. It was my first time writing with a kigo, so it was a fun challenge I look forward to writing more haiku in 2018.
first morning sunrise shines through the open window spotless countertop