Evening Sky (Carpe Diem Haiku Kai)

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orange lights

City’s orange glow /
hides all but the bravest stars /
from suburban eyes //

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai

This is written for Carpe Diem Haiku Kai; our task is to write a new haiku with the same sense, tone, and spirit of an existing haiku.  Our model was “evening sky” by Alexey Andreyev:

Evening sky – /
over the city lights /
stars hardly seen //

Light Pollution

Light pollution has become a serious problem.  It competes with starlight in the night sky, prevents accurate (or in-depth) astronomical observations, disrupts ecosystems, and affects human-animal-plant life cycles. Light pollution comes from building lighting (both interior and exterior), advertising, commercial sites, streetlights, sporting venues, and so on.  It is most severe in highly populated areas in North America, Europe, and Japan, and in large cities worldwide.  There is a global dark-sky movement with the International Dark-Sky Association at…

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