Eating Our Own Waste

Is It only me ?

that feels this way

my thoughts gushing out to sea

without knowing what to say


our world is being flushed

down the sewer drain

water-rat politicians eating leftover crusts

every-time our dying clouds rain


never ending, poisoning of the bays

strangling plastic bags

suffocating polystyrene trays

wrapped in bloody newspaper flags


animals killed by our waste

governments retain their ego for greed

T.V. and press reports, via copy and paste

while our planet’s going to seed


are we trying our best ?

for the creatures in need

stop, this shitting, on our own nest

how much more can the oceans bleed ?


Ivor Steven (c)Β  July 2019


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G'day, and welcome to my blog site. My name is Ivor Steven, I live in Geelong, Australia. I'm an ex-industrial chemist, and a retired plumber, and a former Carer of my wife(Carole), for 30 years, who suffered from severe MS. I Write poetry about those personal thoughts, throughout and beyond my life as a Carer. I've been blogging for over 2 years, and writing poems for 19 years. Of course a lot of my poems are about my favourite subject Carole, but since I've been blogging my writings have become quite varied, humourous, mystical, observational, and even a few monster/horror poems.

26 thoughts on “Eating Our Own Waste”

  1. We can’t just blame the governments. Each individual who litters, tosses trash in the ocean, out the car window, piles it up in the backyard, neglects recycling…. the governments can’t fix what ‘we’ keep doing. We have to fix ‘our’ actions. Which makes me think of the new movements of people cleaning up beaches and oceans …. have you seen these? It is SO encouraging!!!

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  2. β€œAre we trying our best?” No!!! There is so much more we can do (myself included) to take better care of our planet. We should gather our poetic voices and make a book called protest poems for the earth – all proceeds go to an environmental program.

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  3. No, it’s not only you. I can see it and I care.
    Such a true and poignant message in your poem, Ivor.
    It’s so sad that human-beans are taking so many beautiful creatures down. 😦 And in the process human-beans will take themselves down, too.
    We must each do more! We can do better!

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