Plastic Cup

 

Here I am

on the side of the road

tossed from a window

with straw and lid

I am the plastic cup

that you got from the hamburger place

that held the drink

which you did not even finish

now I sit here in the weeds

among the other convenience trash

the plastic straws

the plastic bags

the aluminum cans

all of us together

waiting for the years to roll by

or until the road crew comes along

and shreds us to pieces

in the meantime we are here

fellow eyesores

trash thrown away but not forgotten

because it will take a long long time

for us to break down

or for the rain to wash us down to the sea

where we will float for years

and continue our damage

ugly remnants

of a throw-away civilization

lasting reminders of

the indifference of man.

 

 

 

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poemagraphic

Thu 20th Dec 2018 20:49

Brian if we do not give credit where it is due
If we don't teach the young'uns
if we use that wide brush we will sweep away all that is good along with the rubbish my friend.

We must leave a legacy for the next generation to follow that is better than we have left them.
Once our generation is dead and buried I dread to think what this world will be become unless we lead by example NOW!

Po

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Brian Maryon

Thu 20th Dec 2018 20:10

Po...it's the bloody younsters who cause it in the main...so no, I won't praise them.

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poemagraphic

Thu 20th Dec 2018 15:53

It is us, the poets that poke the bear (the litter lout bears)
Shame on them... Praise the youngsters who keep on poking the bears long after we oldies are poking up daisies

Po poker person

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M.C. Newberry

Thu 20th Dec 2018 14:55

Very relevant to today's consumer/disposable society. The need to
dispose safely and usefully needs to be taught from the earliest time
of life so that we grow up understanding its importance for renewal
and for the protection of the environment. Parents have a vital role
and my own mother comes to mind with admonishments about
not throwing stuff into public places. In this particular regard, a
well-known UK public campaign was headed "Take Your Litter Home". On a personal level, I used to carry a plastic rubbish bag
out on country/coastal walks and add to my exercise by clearing up
the discarded items I found on the way. It's now a common sight
to see youngsters doing the same so something is getting through
at last!

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