I wonder now what sin is worse
As we destroy this fragile earth
Who should we condemn the most? Who curse?
The careless or he who cares not for its worth?
When we misfile our plastic waste
Do we sin more than those who double wrap;
When we buy packaged goods in daily haste
Is it our fault we fall into the plastic trap?
And when we recycle those plastic trays
Whose plastic cannot be used again
Do we stop to wonder what is this craze
For polymers that are nature's bane?
Coffee chain cups and fast food straws
Paper bags and the ten pence fee
Are such tiny steps to help the cause
When traders are on a prepack spree
I wonder why we poor consumers still need
To sort low grade plastic from the rest
Why government has never yet decreed
Recyclable plastic only can be pressed
And I wonder what ethics, what lame notions
Let us send our waste to poorer nations
Where it may be dumped into their oceans
To pollute a food chain's best foundations