Your Garbage Dump
You are pristine I must say;
Your houses are all spick and span.
Your cities too are sparkling clean.
You are the modern man.
The granites are all shinning;
Your brasses polished like gold,
Everything looks fresh and new;
There’s nothing dull and old.
You throw out tonnes of plastic,
Your factories excrete grime;
The chimneys smoke out poison,
You’re polluting all the time.
I feel so dirty and grimy,
My body is full of sore.
I feel like scrubbing myself,
I can’t take it any more.
These endless buildings on me,
That keep growing all the time;
Those asphalt roads and pavements,
Are nothing less than crime.
They singe like red hot embers,
They scorch like a blazing rods!
Oh! I keep running this fever;
I’ll die like poor street dogs.
You throw out all your garbage-
Where do I throw out mine?
Perhaps you forgot to observe,
I’ve kept clean through the time.
I give you all you ask for;
I’m your mother- Don’t you see?
All I beg of you in turn,
Is to keep me neat and clean.
I feel like throwing up at times,
I feel like shaking myself hard,
I feel like hoovering all this trash,
Without a speck of regard.
Listen to me whippersnappers-
You must open your eyes and ears.
Stop every thoughtless avarice
Or I’ll breath life into your fears.
I’ll stop the life giving water,
I’ll cease to grow your crop.
When you scorch in the sun like me
Your cupidity is bound to stop.
Caring for each other is mutual,
One sided affairs are a trap.
Love me and I’ll love you back,
You do need two hands to clap.
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”—Margaret Mead
The United States is the biggest generator of waste per capita worldwide, with each citizen producing an average of 808 kilograms per year .
The Puente Hills Landfill, the largest rubbish dump in America has accumulate over 150 meters of garbage. Almost as tall as the skyscrapers in Los Angeles.
The Great Pacific garbage patch, also described as the Pacific trash vortex is a gyre of marine debris particles, in the central North Pacific Ocean. (135°W to 155°W)
A similar patch of floating plastic debris is found in the Atlantic Ocean, called the North Atlantic garbage patch. These patches have grown ten fold each decade from the 1950’s. The emission of methane and toxic chemicals is crippling the delicate environmental cycle on which every life on Earth depends.
“We have forgotten how to be good guests, how to walk lightly on the earth as its other creatures do.”—Barbara Ward