What Sea Shells See


This time of year the beach is clear

at five o’clock the sky trails its skirt of drizzle,

the sea can barely roll itself to shore

as if when no-one is looking it takes a break.


The dog shits on the sand which is actually shit anyway,

people forget this and make us take the shit away,

but the beach is shit anyway.

A plastic bag containing dog shit now sits on my kitchen table.


At six thirty I catch the shipping forecast

it seems the sea is waking to dulcet English tones,

I’ve always liked the sound of Cromarty

there are battleships there sunken in time.


The dog shit bag goes into a plastic bin,

on Thursday I put it in the street and it disappears.

Six weeks later it is floating Mid-Atlantic,

an Asian business conglomerate disposes of it without a whiff.


The dog is in the lounge licking its balls,

the house pretends to sleep as its gutters piss acid rain.

Tomorrow I’ll walk the dog again,

the sea will sleep, the ships will sail, and bank accounts will fill.


On the windowsill a jar of Sea Shells whisper to each other,

they imagine the sound of oceans drifting through deep trenches

and wonder why they cannot be returned home,

while mankind steals the planet and empties its discard into seas.  

◄ Blustering Buffoons

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Wolfgar Miere

Thu 27th Dec 2018 09:01

Thanks Kate and Ghazala very much appreciated.

Ghazala, I cannot entirely agree that all environmentalists are good for is the list you have sited. There are many genuinley commited environmental activists. I would personally be wary of overly criticising those who attempt to spread information about the ruination of the planet, they too are playing an important part. That said there is often an over indulgence in talking and seminars, many of which themselves leave an intrusive footprint on the planet.


Kate G

Wed 26th Dec 2018 11:55

David, I applaud you. A topic very close to my heart, and a clever way to represent the connectedness of all things in nature (ecosystem) and how our actions are contributing to its demise. Here's hoping we all find our inner activists because our governments don't seem to get it.
The Australian government is surely one of the worst. But I am also ashamed at my own inaction quite frequently.... And hope I find the courage and means to live closer to those values. Anyway, well done and I hope you had a lovely Christmas.

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Wed 26th Dec 2018 01:42

Environmentalists are only good at arranging seminars, conferences and workshops. School curriculum filled with chapters on environmental protection.....but the effect is exactly what you have mentioned...great work....i wish people could read your poem and understand it....sad reality, well read by you and well written too.💐

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Wolfgar Miere

Wed 26th Dec 2018 01:34

Thank you all for your likes on this scribble.


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Wolfgar Miere

Tue 25th Dec 2018 08:25

Hi Beno,

Thanks for popping by and commenting.

It is a desperate situation. You are right to suggest that we are maybe not as directly responsible for the pollution of our oceans as many other countries are. We do though export a great deal of waste to what may be considered third world entities which for convenience then dispose of that waste in utterly unethical ways. To imagine that the corporations who oversee such operations are unaware of the process is as reckless as shitting in a swimming pool.

Anyway, what on earth can we as little people do? just be individually responsible I guess.

Thanks for popping by Beno. I need to respond to your comment on "Blustering Buffoons" as I think a small section of it may have been misunderstood.

All the best pal, have a lovely Crimbo.


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Mon 24th Dec 2018 08:57

It's very sad what man is doing to the planet. I use to get cross about it, but now I just feel swamped, helpless and battered into submission by the knowledge of what we are doing.

Mr Braddock wrote a poem called escape velocity. It captured some of the poblem very well.
In his comments after he said:

"The interesting thing is that nobody ever suggests that filling the oceans with plastic and using up the resources of the planet is a GOOD THING - they just go ahead letting it happen.
You can't blame the poor sods on the bread line, all they want is a decent living. The problem is the bastards who want the whole world for themselves and are quite happy to steal it and will kill anybody who gets in their way"

I think he said it quite well.

Not sure filling the oceans is something the English are particularly responsible for, but I'm sure we play our part.



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