As a California native, I am drawn to art that captures the landscapes and people I grew up amidst. It’s why I am drawn to Wallace Stegner and Joan Didion, why I never tire of Ansel Adams and trying futilely to recreate, in my own photography and prose, the lines of rolling hills, the silhouettes of aging oaks, the saltiness of the coast and my family.
I am not alone.
At KQED, we know our community is teeming with talent. So we’re asking all of you creative types to help us capture this historic moment in weather — the drought.
We’re specifically asking for haiku, given the form’s connection to nature. But if you’re more of a sonnet person, by all means, send us those, too. In fact, we’re interested in any art that’s being inspired by California’s lack of rain.
Here is a sampling of the haiku we’ve already received:
turning up the heat we have upset Mother Earth sold my umbrella
– Submitted by vince alcouloumre
drought haiku #2
winter drought even sparrows tire of blue skies
– submitted by haikuandy
Showers should be short My son cannot remember Child of ample rain
– submitted by Edith Friedman
rain and rain and rain
Fresno facebook rejoices
I can breathe again
– submitted by fresnopolitics