Perils of Plastic

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Plastic Bags  (posted by Susan)
“So. I still use plastic bags quite often, mostly for food and for keeping books dry next to my water bottle. My friends use plastic bags to pick up what their dogs leave outside. What would life be like without plastic bags? I saw one dance in the film “American Beauty,” I imagined them as separate beings in “Flights” by Olga Tokarczuk:
“Now I see them from the window of the bus, these airborne anemones, whole packs of them, roaming the desert. Individual specimens cling on tight to brittle little desert plants, fluttering noisily–perhaps this is the way they communicate. . . .”

Today is UN World Environment Day: 5 June 2019.

Plastic cannot be destroyed, it is said,
unsafe to put over your head.
They contribute to marine life’s dead.

Paper can be bent into shapes
or dolls cut out or snowflakes.
It’s used in examination room capes.

Plastic is killing our earth,
there will not be a dearth.
Give our planet back its worth.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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18 Responses to Perils of Plastic

  1. susanstoo says:

    Yes. Short and to the point: Worth! And look at all the creativity possible with other materials. That’s it in a nut shell.


  2. oldegg says:

    Sadly we had other means of wrapping in paper, but thought plastic was better when in fact it is a thousand times worse.


  3. I wish we could give our planet back its worth. Sigh. Wonderful poem.


  4. calmkate says:

    Timely reminder and I totally agree with your sentiments!


  5. Marja says:

    Good one “Give our planet back its worth” That says it all. It has lost it’s worth and we took it by by filling it with plastic


  6. Sumana Roy says:

    “Give our planet back its worth.” Shall we do it? Don’t think so as long as the big corporations are controlling our planet. Such a sad affair!


  7. We might have our planet back, if we put an effort. But there’s always a promise of Mars to go and destroy it as well. Great write, Sara!


  8. robtkistner says:

    Nice rhyme in this poignant piece Sara!


  9. signedbkm says:

    off with there heads…i say..enough is enough of this poison..bkm


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