As published in the Weekly Avocet, #258
I wonder how there came to be
a plastic island in the sea.
No challenge to avoid a crash.
Cleave right through, our course is brash.
Beware if barnacles adorn your boat.
They'll snag each plastic piece afloat.
Cigarette lighters float in the wrack
thick as bird lice on heron's back.
Old bleach bottle and plastic bag
were sent to landfill by both dame and hag.
The plastics escape with torrential rain;
Go down the river like soap down the drain.
Birds and turtles feed on this mess.
Dead in a week would be my guess.
So keep your plastic safe at home.
Don't send it out to sea to roam.
Ray Zimmerman - Chattanooga, TN - email@example.com