The water lapped gently at the gold shoreline
sparkling as the sun lit it’s surface,
the sand was washed, it was soft and fine,
as they stood in Summer’s warm embrace.
The seabirds swirled in the breeze above their heads,
silhouetted against the azure blue of the sky,
the waves spread seaweed out like threads
washing strands ashore, where it was left to dry.
It was an idyllic scene and a perfect day
as they stood together, hand in hand
in the warm air, just beyond the sea spray
with their bare feet in the soft yellow sand.
But here lurked an invader that lived in the sea
that was challenging nature with its size,
it lured in creatures, that sheltered secretly
out of the sight of large predator’s eyes.
Mussels, anemones, clams and seaweed
gathered in the depths by this enemy,
innocently together, as they came to feed,
on this ominous foe with its coat of debris.
This adversary though, did not itself decide,
to violate the ocean and take control,
as it lethally spread itself in the tide,
it had no motive or clandestine goal.
Trapped in a vortex, in the ocean’s waves
swaths of plastic spun, where the winds converge
circling and menacing, the blameless it enslaves
with its evil grasp, to then submerge
into the depths like pepper in a stew
in the water column, it hung suspended,
increasing in size, this monster grew,
its lethal reach becoming extended,
as another refuge truck of plastic is dumped.
And every minute of every single day,
into the sea it’s thoughtlessly pumped
and soon it will outweigh
the fish population in a matter of years.
Our shameless disposal of our disgusting waste
should bring all of humankind to tears
and for our negligence, we should be disgraced.
Our irresponsible, rabid, plastic consumption
on our health, is having an impact,
but we carry on polluting with our stupid assumption
there is no problem, let’s not overreact!
Every piece of plastic that’s ever been made
since the early nineteenth century’s still here,
do we not think that we have totally betrayed
our planet that we should all hold so dear?
And now it has entered our very food chain
we should all be filled with concern,
as we are now consuming fish that contain
plastic and we’re at the point of no return.
The world’s oceans are drowning in our waste,
do we think that this will all disappear,
this is a problem that we have never faced
and it will be here for hundreds of years.
Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and even heart disease
can be caused by plastic in our meals,
as we continue unabated to pollute the blue seas
this sickening dilemma relentlessly steals
our paradise that we are here to safeguard.
Over ninety percent of seabirds, have in their gut
plastic from our watery junk yard,
we must stop our addiction to plastic now,
the greatest threat to our planet is our belief
that someone else will save it,
will we watch it all through the tears of grief
and as guardians we are so unfit.
Their empty bottle lay on the wave lapped scree
as they turned to leave the gold sands,
the sky was blue above the turquoise sea
and they’d finished topping up their tans.
Just one little bottle won’t make any odds
is probably what they were thinking,
let’s face it, it’s in the lap of the gods
and they left paradise unblinking!