“The Haze” (#170: Project 365 Sketches)

"The Haze" (#170: Project 365 Sketches)

“The Haze” (#170: Project 365 Sketches)

2013, Wed 19 Jun. Not just a haze but The Haze. It’s been reported that Singapore and Malaysia are experiencing the lowest air quality in 15 years. The smoke particulates from the Sumatran fires, arising from farmers and industrial conglomerates trying to clear land cheaply, has shrouded our entire island. What can we do for now, except hunker down in our homes and hope for favourable winds to clear our misery.

[Sketch Club app; iPhone. #sgmemory #365sketches CC-BY-SA]

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Poem: We find spaces to empty and fill

In tubes of steel and plastics
We speed across cold tracks

World-watching through silica panes
While the weather smash wet

We pull into the terminus
Silently struggling en masse
Combating for cramped spaces
Dry stepping to avoid the damp

We gush like water molecules
Through a sprout into
Confines ill-designed

And finally out!

We the unsteady human tide
Pulsating with individual intent
Ebbing as a coherent mass

We find spaces to empty and fill

~ Ivan Chew

Waiting for the Rain to Stop
Waiting for the Rain to Stop by Brian Sahagun, on Flickr
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