Treasure Island

Valerie Dohren

(13 January 1947 / Southport)

Rubbish


The world is full of rubbish
I see it all around
Strewn along the pavements
And scattered ‘cross the ground

It hangs on outstretched branches
Like washing on a line
Dumped into the river
Oh, aint it such a crime

You'll find it in the gutter
Amassed around the trees
Tangled in the hedges
And carried by the breeze

Blown around like tumbleweed
You'll find it everywhere
It wraps around my feet
Then flies into my hair

So if you are responsible
For putting it about
Shame on you because its clear
You're just a litter-lout!

And hence, my friend, I ask you
What should we do with it -
Put it in the dustbin
But make sure it will fit

There's also verbal rubbish
That rolls right off the tongue
The stuff that's made of words
That rattle all day long

You'll hear it on the telly
Which isn't very good
I'm sure you will agree
It's just a heap of crud

Some politicians spout it
And those who have no brains
Writers even write it
When nothing else remains

So, all my fellow poets,
If what you have to say
Amounts to simply rubbish
Then put your pen away

Methinks the time is coming
To take my final bow
Terminate this nonsense
And end it, stop it now

I know what you are thinking
(Some words I can't repeat)
This rhyme's a load of rubbish
Which PH should delete

Submitted: Friday, January 11, 2013
Edited: Friday, January 11, 2013

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Just a fun write - for a change! And of course, I don't mean to imply that anyone on Poemhunter writes rubbish.

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  • Amitava Sur (7/14/2014 10:09:00 PM)

    If it's a fun write, Valerie I must say you write this sort of poems very often to open our eyes. It's very right you said and we all should follow it. Thank you. (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (6/24/2014 9:23:00 PM)

    as you can see in this (copied from online) :

    Origin of AIN'T
    contraction of are not
    First Known Use: 1749..........................ain't contains an apostrophe. ain't that somethin'?
    - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

    It hangs on outstretched branches
    Like washing on a line ..................very nice! or should i say not nice? this is one of the more difficult types of rubbish for me to retrieve. most litter on the ground doesn't bother me as much as our neighbor's dog s++t on our lawn or parking area. some litter is quite attractive actually. i'm serious, though it is MY opinion. some brightly-colored plastic etc. can spice up the roadside and put a temporary end to the same old boring grass, wildflowers, etc.

    my favorite stanza so far:

    So if you are responsible
    For putting it about
    Shame on you because its clear
    You're just a litter-lout!
    - - - - - - - - - - - i'm really enjoying the rhymes. thanks.

    i'm glad you had the decency to say some politicians, not all, or just plain politicians. (p.s.i'm not a politician.)

    Methinks the time is coming
    To take my final bow...............

    ...........to leave PH; to kill yourself; to what i wonder. hmmm! don't do either of those, yet.
    ====================
    my wife would say i spout plenty of verbal rubbish......but....she's just a woman......what would SHE know? BESIDES, she rarely listens to me, so she doesn't know what i am saying.

    thanks for sharing. :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Bri Edwards (6/24/2014 7:43:00 PM)

    well, i skimmed through the comments before reading the poem. it sounds promising. THIS BETTER BE GOOD! ! !
    'cause i'm in the middle of oatmeal.......i mean in the middle of 'eating' oatmeal.

    :) bri (Report) Reply

  • Pam Crane (1/17/2014 12:44:00 AM)

    I love your humorous poems, Valerie! Rubbish drives me mad, and Llandudno Council ought to be paying me for picking it off the streets every time I go out - we live on a corner at a cross-roads, and everybody else's detritus whirling around on the local wind-currents ends up at our gate and in our garden (helped by antisocial passers-by.) Mind you - once it was a £20 note, so I shouldn't complain! As we have a similar sense of humour, you might enjoy one or two of my poems. Only 20 on the site so far; more to come. (Report) Reply

  • David Wood (5/9/2013 5:01:00 AM)

    Rubbish, rubbish everywhere. We are sinking in a sea of rubbish. And what about recycling, where does all that go? Probably in landfill in secret. As poets we can become environmentalists. (Report) Reply

  • Karen Sinclair (3/9/2013 11:11:00 PM)

    Loved this poem the patter is strong the message I say yay! Too... My friend used to encourage our kids to just drop litter on the way to school if she walked them and I'd go berseque and make both our set of children hang on to wrappers. I mean they damage the wildlife and just a minimal effort sets a finer place tyvm (Report) Reply

  • Hardik Vaidya (2/23/2013 10:17:00 PM)

    Nice poem, normally I can't bear long ones, pardon me, but this wasn't rubbish at all, it was brilliant. I agree with the verbal and written part of the rubbish, i can relate to it, as a human being to rubbish is divine, and to convert it to poetry is sublime applies to me lol. But I don't feel synergy with the physical rubbish. In the part of the world where I live, humans are rubbished, so why should we care for the other rubbish? (Report) Reply

  • Lyn Pendleton (2/18/2013 2:02:00 PM)

    Hi Valerie, although I don't like rubbish, I've always liked the word
    itself. It rolls off the tongue so nicely. In my mind I can easily recall
    Glinda the good witch saying it to the wicked witch. And I don't
    understand peoples need to produce so much rubbish for convien-
    ence sake. And I'll say it. I don't understand so much bad poetry.
    I've written plenty of bad poems, but they'te long gone and for-
    gotten. They became rubbish. Hopefully the ones I saved were
    worth saving. I think so. Anyway, you write extremely well, will
    read more. Take care, Lyn (Report) Reply

  • Veeraiyah Subbulakshmi (1/17/2013 10:07:00 AM)

    when the litter is recycled, it becomes the money spinning business! What is rubbish to one is a treasure to another! anyway as usual a beautiful poem from Valerie Dohren (Report) Reply

  • Arron Fowler (1/17/2013 3:24:00 AM)

    Loved this poem Litter ruins our beautiful planet and is advertisement for companys i hate it. (Report) Reply

  • Owain Glyn (1/16/2013 7:37:00 AM)

    You are one amazing lady! You start by giving the litter louts a kicking, move swiftly on to the politicians and then can't stop yourself! LOL worth more than a 10 (Report) Reply

  • Paul Brookes (1/15/2013 6:12:00 AM)

    Great write wish I could do half as well. Love the imgery and I agree some of us need to put our pens down I think I'll start from today no more poems from me. .................................................: O) (Report) Reply

  • Stevie Taite (1/14/2013 3:38:00 PM)

    How funny Val! One persons rubbish goes down a treat at a boot fair! I shall pocket this 'rubbish' and sure hope it gets recycled as its too cute to throw away! (Report) Reply

  • Kevin Halls (1/13/2013 3:42:00 PM)

    Where I live there's rubbish everywhere, people ignore the bins and lob it on the floor.
    As for rubbish writing I won't comment on that, but I do think that a lot of modern art is garbage!
    well put anyway. (Report) Reply

  • Elizabeth Padillo Olesen (1/13/2013 12:49:00 AM)

    This is very entertaining, dear Valerie, from the rubbish as scattered by the irresponsible in our midst, to the rubbish utterances and the rubbish writing as you have alleged. In a way, you are speaking of truth. But you see, we writers here are learning and improving. Our pens, therefore, should continue flowing and writing so rubbish writing can be helped. Otherwise, this a well-penned poem. Take care, dear. (Report) Reply

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