Sundry Notes: Man n’ Nature 

Sundry Notes: Man n’ Nature

wildfires from British Columbia and Washington State
have sent a thick blanket of smoke
all over Vancouver Island.

up high
in the sky
the sun looks dreamlike
as a crimson sphere embedded in a thick layer of mud.

on the ground
bluish, misty smoke hangs over the whole landscape.

the atmosphere is murkily hazy.
the air is chocked.
everything is buried in gray;
as if it were the doomsday of the world.

“Grandpa, I wanna go out play”,
the toddler.
I’ve tried my best to explain
why we have kept him and his brother inside for two days in a row.
yet, he’s too young to comprehend my stupid logic.

I have no choice but to keep my fingers crossed
in the hope
having strong wind
to blow the smoke away
and make those little kids’ days better.

Thao Chuong Tran Quoc Viet.

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