Plastic World


Plastic World

There is a growing flood of it, a mountain and a wall.
Soon I fear that there will be nothing else at all.
If we do not terminate its profligate production,
bring about the changes that will lead to its reduction,
our entire plastic world will be bought with our blood.
We will face oblivion through fire and through flood.
No air to breathe, no water left to slake our growing thirst.
If we don’t do our best to change, I fear we’ll earn the worst.


The prompt words today from 4 different sites are plastic, flood, oblivion and termination. I think the relationship between these words is so obvious and sinister that I was determined not to pursue that path, but instead to find a more optimistic way to make use of them. I tried all day to find another poem in these words, but I have finally sunk to the inevitable. Let’s hope the world does better. Here’s my poem, about twelve hours later than usual.

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My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

6 thoughts on “Plastic World

  1. lifelessons Post author

    It occurs to me that so much of what I buy is double or triple packaging, but how to avoid it? I bought net bags recently for produce and will be more diligent in trying to remember to take my own bags in for shopping. Also to try to buy unpackaged spices and take my own bags. What else? I have solar power and solar hot water heater. Drive a smallish car. In my mountainous terrain, bicycling not an option, at least for me. Repairing appliances rather than throwing them away is another thing most do here. And metal is all recycled–sometimes without the permission of its owner, i.e. currently in use copper pipes dug up from property. Other suggestions?



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