Please interpret

From the tender age of eight we were told not to devastate.

Not to take our beautiful planet for granted,

For soon we would wish, that we did not eat all the fish.

But don’t you think our plastic is quite fantastic?

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Reduce, Recycle and Reuse but please do not abuse.

We listened for a while but soon we were in denial.

We don’t think about the trees that have gone away, except on Arbor Day.

By the way, don’t you think our plastic is quite fantastic?

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Polices have been put in place to save the human race.

There are some crazies out west who think they know best.

No bags without a fee will save a tree, maybe even two or three.

All we have to say is we know our plastic is quite fantastic.

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There are tree huggers who do their best to out way the rest.

We laugh and say how crazy, or get a job lazy.

We appreciate your endeavor, anyway we won’t live forever.

Oh yeah, don’t you think our plastic is quite fantastic?

*

Many say don’t eat meat, which is rather a feat.

We must find a way if our children are to live another day.

The rest of us just sigh, this fad will be gone by and by.

We do have to say our plastic is quite fantastic.

*

The heat will rise and we will hear the cries,

Of the masses that say let us pray.  

Don’t forget to laugh at our fundamental gaffe,

 For you see, our graves of plastic are quite fantastic.


Submitted: December 23, 2013

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Emmett Cohl

Wow, this is really awesome! I must say, the title drew me in. Your word choice and the way you chose the correct diction to convey your message astonishes me..... I am speechless! ~Emily

Wed, January 22nd, 2014 12:32am

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Thank you Emily!

Tue, January 21st, 2014 5:47pm

Nagz

wow
after reading the title i was immediately sucked in
and as soon as i started reading it, i didn't want to stop.
great job, i love the way you chose your words..
can't wait to read more xo

Wed, January 29th, 2014 10:30am

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Thank you!

Wed, January 29th, 2014 3:53am

IceCreamCookieCat

I love the internal rhyme in each line, that itself is a wonderful aspect of the poem. But my favorite thing about the poem is "We laugh and say how crazy or get a job lazy" which could interpret the views of our society on people that actually see the benefit of keeping the earth pure. I myself don't care what the earth has to offer, but I won't ruin it for everyone. Even I make changes in my life to keep this planet and better place for animals, plants, and humans alike.

Tue, February 4th, 2014 2:51am

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Thank you for your thoughtful comment. This is one of my favorite poems.

Mon, February 3rd, 2014 7:40pm

DLCannon

I miss plastic bags! I hate paper ones! They break! Safeway is just not the same anymore! :(

Wed, February 5th, 2014 12:36am

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I know. I live in the Seattle area. No more plastic. I just bring my own now..easier than paper and I hate paying for them.

Tue, February 4th, 2014 7:58pm

DLCannon

Seattle? I know some friends of the family across the Puget Sound from there. congratulations on the Super Bowl! You guys kicked there fucking asses! I totally did not want a bunch a horses to win! "Bra" to the "vo!"

Thu, February 6th, 2014 12:54am

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It has been crazy around here. The whole area has exploded.

Fri, February 7th, 2014 12:54am

shyam sundar bulusu

Hats off to your ingenuity, Amberly. While unfailingly maintaining a beautiful rhyme, you’ve let flow an undercurrent of tongue-in-cheek sarcasm about the ubiquitous “fantastic plastic”. Yes, policies are skewed and mean nothing unless “citizens” realise and act. My wife and I returned to the good old habit of carrying our own shopping bags. Whatever plastic carry bags we get, we reuse them for collecting trash. Your poem gets my I LIKE IT. Keep them coming.

Tue, February 18th, 2014 11:45am

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Thank you so much! I really love this piece and not very many people get it.

Tue, February 18th, 2014 3:54am

shyam sundar bulusu

...and Amberly, I have just shared the link on my FB page (Friends Of Environment)

Tue, February 18th, 2014 11:49am

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Oh!! Thank you!

Tue, February 18th, 2014 3:54am

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