On China’s Air Pollution: An Urbanelle, Winter 2013 The Society February 23, 2013 Poetry “How the Chimney-sweeper’s cry/ Every blackning Church appalls…” —William Blake, London “The Beijing Cough may not be as bad as the Hebei Hack.” —Wu “Sacred Bee” Li In Beijing, air pollution is so bad the smog is visible from outer space. The city’s in a hazy blanket clad. The people don white masks and wish they had much cleaner air for each assaulted face; in Beijing, air pollution is so bad. Coal burning has shot through the roof. It’s sad, with breathing problems some must slow their pace. The city’s in a hazy blanket clad. Five million vehicles, with more to add, are fuelling this harsh, self-inflicted mace; in Beijing, air pollution is so bad. Like London once, now here no one is glad. To taste soot-dirty air, like this, is base. The city’s in a hazy blanket clad. Jet flights are cancelled; travelers are mad. Gross, smoky fog makes many hate the place. In Beijing, air pollution is so bad; the city’s in a hazy blanket clad. -Bruce Dale Wise NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.