The dead are hanging

Nébuleuse de la LaguneThe dead are hanging
Thick in the dusty acrid
Air over Beijing
From star-stuff to pollution
And all of life in-between


Depth Charge:  This tanka was sparked by two lines from Shumpo Soki’s death poem: Thus, not a grain of dust will stain/The green mountains (Japanese Death Poems, p. 116), news stories on the current air pollution crisis in China and the broadcast of  Cosmos: A Space Time Odyssey.

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