Spring is here, Covid-like still!
Amid a polyphony from songbirds
Blossoming tulips, daffodils and fragrant hyacinths
Trees and bushes awakening and burgeoning
But what do I also see on my daily stroll?
Rubbish, detritus, waste, debris, scattered garbage!!!
On my street, on sidewalks, on my neighbours’ front yards
In my neighbourhood, in community and city parks
Even on my favourite Poets’ Pathway!
Trash, junk, rubble, odds and ends, you name it:
This pandemic year… a multitude of discarded masks, gloves, mostly blue
As usual… numerous cigarette butts, empty packs and their plastic wrappings
Those dreadful plastic water, juice and pop bottles
Plastic straws and utensils, beer cans, empty of course!
Even redeemable wine bottles $$$
Tin foil, chocolate bar, candy and gum wrappers
Even some personal toiletries and contraceptives!!!
How many disposable coffee cups and lids, you ask?
Local baristas, take your cue:
With every purchase, strongly advise clients not to litter!
Local landlords, take your cue:
With every rental, help tenants to keep premises clean!
Every week or so, my partner and I collect bags of scraps
Every week, an ever-growing despair overwhelms me
One talks about global climate change
I talk about community indifference
How will Mother Earth ever survive?
Adopt a road*, adopt the sidewalk in front of your home
Adopt your own yard for Nature’s sake!
Get together at a distance and adopt a park.
What are most Sandy Hillers waiting for?
Spring is here, again this year, thankfully…
Adoptive co-parent of Blackburn Avenue
*Adopt-a-Park and Adopt-a-Road is a City of Ottawa program