Haiku #50

Here lies cigarettes
and bottle caps in dirt lot
with stories untold

cigarette
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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.

The Engagement

High on the mountaintop
in the dark of night,
we see a shimmering sea
of florescent orange lights.
A twinkle here, a sparkle there,
no currents, only man-made waves –
cellular, radio, satellite –
connecting you, me, and the world…
wide web, surfing an intangible
ocean, as the lights flicker
and shimmer.  We admire
the cool night breeze, the smell
of dry grass, the sound
of singing crickets, the feel
of soft dirt on the bottom
of our soles, as we breathe in
the fresh air, high above
the orange ocean.

city-lights
~ image from Google