There is a Glitch in Everything

 

There is a Glitch in Everything

There is a glitch in everything. Everyone you meet
is lactose intolerant or allergic to wheat.
We can’t drink the water and everywhere we venture
breathing without masks is considered an adventure.

The ocean’s full of plastic. It’s ground up in our salt,
but nobody I’ve ever met feels it is their fault.
We still buy our Seven Up neatly bound in plastic
as all around our world the pileups grow ever more drastic.

If each and every one of us learned to just say “No,”
to packaging in plastic, we could stem the status quo.
If we only ate organic. If we all went solar,

cooled down the atmosphere, resolved our issues polar,

stopped genetic meddling, stopped drilling, pipes and fracking,
we might restore ecology that presently is lacking;
but the chances of our doing so probably are scant.
It’s hard for us to walk the walk. It’s easier to rant.

Prompts for today are water, glitch, everything, adventure and neat.

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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.

24 thoughts on “There is a Glitch in Everything

  1. Marion Couvillion

    BRAVO~!!! Thanks~!

    On Sat, Mar 7, 2020 at 10:06 AM lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown wrote:

    > lifelessons posted: ” Me, Too There is a glitch in everything. Everyone > you meet is lactose intolerant or allergic to wheat. We can’t drink the > water and everywhere we venture breathing without masks is considered an > adventure. The ocean’s full of plastic. It’s ground” >

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      My original title was Me,Too, but none of my pingbacks worked. I thought because the title made it look like Spam, so I changed the title..still only linked to one of the 5 sites that usually link automatically. Just wanted to indicate that I’m equally responsible. Not preaching. Just reminding us all. I am trying to recycle all plastic, glass and cardboard but have this fear they’re just stockpiling it. What I, too, need to do is to stop buying anything packaged in plastic but that is a very hard thing to do in this world.

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      1. Marilyn Armstrong

        They ARE just stockpiling it. We don’t have the factories to recycle on such a large scale. China used to buy our trash and recycle it, but they stopped a couple a years ago. They don’t need it. They have enough of their own trash. I’ve known for years that they dump the recycled trash into the regular dump with the rest of the garbage. A couple of states have real recycling, but they are few compared to the volume we need to process. Small countries have an easier time. Less trash.

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  2. slmret

    In parts of California (or maybe all, I’m not sure), restaurants can only give out straws if they are not plastic, or if the customers request them. Styrofoam cups are also illegal, and other plastic single-use containers are gradually being phased out. It seems like small changes, but it is a start towards ocean halth.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I carry a metal straw with me and wash and reuse what plastic straws I’d already bought before I realized the problem. Now I want to try to make a resolution not to buy any drinks in plastic bottles but hard when necessary to buy water.. Guess I have to start refilling old bottles.

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      1. Donnalee of Kingston NY

        KOR makes refillable bottles with filters in them made from coconut husks, so that have almost no plastic in the filters. It might be worth checking out–they’re online and I’ve been happy with the ones I have. They often have sales online too–

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      2. slmret

        I’m fortunate that the tap water here is good to drink, so can easily fill my water bottle, a sort of thermos bottle. In Santa Barbara, the water is “imported” through an unlined tunnel through the mountain — then heavily treated — it’s horrible drinking water, so most people buy filtered water from machines at the grocery stores. Metal straws are available, but you have to know where to buy them — I usually use straws in restaurants.

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  3. Marilyn Armstrong

    Yeah. We are great ranters, bad doers and changers. The irony is that we all lobbied for plastic bottles because they don’t break and they don’t weight much. Everything used to come in glass bottles, but we WANTED plastic. Be careful what you with for.

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      1. koolkosherkitchen

        We have been doing the same. Unfortunately, even though our trash containers outside are clearly labeled, a few neighbors rent their units to AirBNB, and those transient people sometimes dump whatever wherever… Sadly, the same goes for our famous beaches and Biscayne Bay,

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  4. lifelessons Post author

    The one photo of all the bottles was taken on our lakeshore where people flood in on weekends and leave their empty bottles as payment. Drives me crazy….So easy to just bag them and take them home. Still see bottles sailing out of cars as well. Where have these people been who still feel the world is their trash can?

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