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Rated: E · Poetry · Environment · #2109642
A humorous take on the serious problem of what to do with surplus waste we create !
A Rubbish Poem by Brian Dodd.

Waste not, want not
My mother used to say,
So what about all the stuff
We’ll throw away today?

Food that’s one day over
Those dreaded use by dates,
Are chucked into the waste bin
With scrapings from our plates.

Piles of empty boxes,
Paper plates and tissues,
With yesterday’s papers
Carrying yesterday’s news.

Woolly socks with just one hole ,
A thick warm coat that’s torn,
Hats and gloves and scarves and shoes
And clothes I’ve hardly worn.

I do have one idea though,
Make it vanish without trace!
Put it all in one big suitcase
And send it into space !

At least the grateful Martians
Aren’t fussy what they eat.
They’re partial to a Chelsea bun
Mr. Kipplings are a treat.

At first they are quite happy
To use our surplus waste
The bread rolls are quite edible
Not so the sardine paste !

‘But wait what on Mars is this?
Sailing through the stars ?’
Milky Ways and Galaxies
And out of date Mars bars.

“No! Stop! This stuff’s unhealthy,”
One Martian says with mirth.
We don’t want any rubbish here
Let’s send it back to earth !!

We earthlings run in terror,
It’s raining hats and clogs,
We’d better make for shelter
And hide our cats and dogs.

Help! This isn’t rain or snow Falling from the skies . It’s mouldy cakes and toxic waste And Sainsbury’s mince pies !!

We thought that we were rid of these Years and years ago,
Those scheming little aliens,
How little did we know !

Chairs and tables pouring down
At a tremendous rate.
“Those armchairs , they will kill us.
We must avoid our fate.”

“What is the world coming to?”
We’ve often heard it said.
Doing nothing’s not an option
Like as not we’ll soon be dead.

To make our world a better place
Cannot be done alone
And so the question, How can I
Make earth a waste-free zone?

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