Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Haboob Haiku: Year Two

Last year, ADOT launched its very first “Haboob Haiku” challenge in an effort to spread the word about dust storm safety and the response was pretty amazing.

That’s actually a huge understatement ... Not only did we receive over 600 original haikus (some even by phone and snail mail), but #HaboobHaiku yielded stories in media outlets all over the world (they even wrote about it in New Zealand!).

New York Daily News Books may have put it best…@NYNDNews: “This is sorta awesome: Arizona fighting dust storms with haiku.” Or maybe it was @BlazingLily: “#HaboobHaiku just might be the best hashtag ever!”

We agree, @BlazingLily, so we’re bringing it back!

Haboob Haiku: Year Two
Today, as part of ADOT’s ongoing efforts to share the important messages related to dust storm safety, we are once again asking you to channel your inner poet by writing a haboob haiku and sharing it over on Twitter (don’t forget to #haboobhaiku and mention @ArizonaDOT) or on our Facebook page or even here in the comments.

Be sure to visit PullAsideStayAlive.org for a look at our videos and driving tips – while you’re there, you might just find some ideas for your own haiku.

After all, safety is the point of #HaboobHaiku. The haikus are designed to reinforce ADOT’s public safety message urging drivers to avoid driving into or through a dust storm at all costs. Drivers are instead encouraged to pull off the roadway and wait out a dust storm rather than trying to drive with reduced or zero visibility.

How to Haiku
Haiku is a type of poetry that conforms to a certain syllable structure. They’re traditionally written in three lines – the first line consists of five syllables, the second line has seven and the third ends with five.

Usually these poems can be on any subject, but for #HaboobHaiku, we want you to focus on monsoons, dust storms and our safety message: Pull Aside, Stay Alive.

Some inspiration to get things started
Before you rush off to Tweet us your latest haiku, take a look at some of the favorites from last year...

  • You’re not a Jedi / This is not Tatooine, Luke / Pull over now, man
  • Dust blows, swirls and grows / Roadways become danger zones / Pull over, lights off
  • Wham, bam, dust storm jam / Can’t see? Don’t drive, pull over / Lights out ‘til all clear

We can’t wait to see what you come up with for Haboob Haiku: Year Two! 



  2. Brown wall up ahead
    Don't drive to, into or through
    the AZ Haboob!


    The hot dry afternoon wind
    Stirring dirt and sand into the air
    Once a beautiful clear day
    Immediate blindness meets you

  4. even superman

    cannot vanquish the haboob

    nature always rules

  5. Don't be blown away
    When the sky is filled with dust
    park; go dark; and stay!

    Meg Reilly, AZ House of Reps

  6. Giant wall of dirt / the monsoon dust storm is here / find a place to hide

  7. Dust, Rain, Snow or Fog / Low visibility kills. / Weather the weather. rookbzztm@hotmail.com

  8. Monsoon or haboob?
    Pull aside to stay alive.
    Don't try to drive through.

    K. Martinez

  9. My Haboob Haiku: A massive dust wall, eats the valley sky above, take cover inside

  10. There's no time to gawk
    Billows of dust are rolling
    Haboobs spell danger

  11. I am big and strong
    I swirl and twirl all around
    I am a haboob

    From charlie.siegel@yahoo.com

  12. Dust veils the windshields
    Victims of seasonal rage
    Practice precautions

    S. S. Zeid
    Surprise, AZ

  13. Dust fills the Arizona skies
    Visibility can quickly be reduced to zero
    Pull aside to stay alive.

    Raven K

  14. don't just do something
    sit there...silent...in Nature's womb
    listen from within

  15. Blowing in the wind
    I see her in my back yard
    Neighbor's cat, Haboob

  16. Haboob said in school,
    get sent to the principal,
    the car, pull over.

    Les J.


  17. Who knew a haboob
    could be so swift and deadly?
    Respect it! Be safe.

  18. Dust wall coming! Beware!
    Danger within! Pull far from
    the roadway! Lights OUT!


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