Saturday, January 14, 2017

At least it's not smoggy in Washington

I'm so obsessed with the politics of the day here that I can think of little else. No one needs to hear more about Trump and the FBI, the CIA and the Russians so I'm not going there. 

My other distraction is China. Have you heard about the strange poem about smog that has gone viral in China? It is spoken in the voice of lung cancer and addressed to the patient. The author is a Chinese thoracic surgeon at the Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital. It turns out that the poem was originally written in English and published in Chest, the journal of the American College of Chest Physicians. I know you won't want to miss the latest internet sensation.

    I am ground glass opacity (GGO) in the lung,
    A vague figure shrouded in mystery and strangeness,
    Like looking at the moon through clouds,
    Like seeing beautiful flowers in the fog.
    I long to be king,
    With my fellows swimming in every vessel.
    My people crawl in your organs and body,
    Holding the rights for life or death, I tremble with excitement.

For the full effect, go here.


  1. All chilling, the poem and the picture.

  2. My Chinese students want to live here just to escape the smog. It mush be awful to live with.

  3. Eek! China is the one place that needs to decrease its productivity drive. If Trump (sorry to mention him) gets his way, then they will.

    1. I don't know if that is a good thing or a bad thing. If they produced less, the economy would undergo a recession. Oy.

  4. Feeling with people who have to breathe this smog -- everybody has to breathe, so those responsible hopefully too, and you can't breathe money. To think of the poor children makes me sick!

  5. I wonder if it's as bad as our pea souper fogs ? We used to just get on with those !!! XXXX

  6. I believe they are more frequent and toxic. But perhaps the Chinese don't have that can-do spirit of the Brits!! xxxx !!!