11 June Gloom-Inspired Haikus

Poetic thoughts on L.A.’s least sunny summer month

Thanks to what we locals refer to as June Gloom, this is a unique time of the year for Angelenos.

In recent years the occurrence of thick cloud cover was on-and-off (thanks, climate change!) but 2014 feels like the year June Gloom returned, reminding us it isn’t always sunny in L.A.

Inspired by my feelings about the seasonal phenomenon and Japanese poetic forms tied to nature, I wrote a few haikus. Commiserate with me. Meditate on them. Let these words lift the clouds and bring the sun.

June, summer’s first month.
But, in LA? It is not.
It’s cloudy. A lot.

“Will it rain today?”
“No, it’s just cloudy in June.”
“But, will it ever rain?”

June Gloom, June Gloom: oy!
This week of my vacation,
Will be spent indoors.

It’s so dark outside…
Yes, sun the rest of the year.
I am still depressed.

What about the beach?
Oh. The Westside is much worse.
I’ll sit in my car.

Sixty degrees today?
A jacket in the morning—
And still, into night.

Will it burn off now?
Hey, sun: burn it off, right now!
Ugh. Screw you, too, jerk.

June 1? June 7?
June 14? June 21?
June 27?

Will it ever end?
Will I see you warm sun friend?
I miss you so much.

June’s Los Angeles:
Weather constipation month.
Heat? We’re awaiting.

I’m so cold right now.
How’s the Valley currently?
Ugh. So cold. Here. There.

Kyle Fitzpatrick is a writer, an infrequent performer, and a lover of dogs, art, shorts, champagne, and L.A. You can find his musings Fridays on CityThink. For more, check out his locally focused art, design, and culture website, Los Angeles, I’m Yours, or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.