We took a walk on the beach.
The ocean was choking.
Dora performed the Heimlich maneuver upon the ocean.
She broke two of its ribs in the process,
but it coughed up a Texas sized chuck of plastic
that was stuck in its windpipe.
We barely dodged the multi-colored chunk
as it smothered portions of California and Nevada.
A beach cop ticketed the ocean for littering.

copyright © 2019 Kenneth P. Gurney


For those of you who don’t know, there is a gigantic section of the Pacific ocean that is covered in man-made trash. Great Pacific Garbage Patch. There are a couple non-profits starting to clean it up. Their efforts are equal to your efforts to clean the Sahara Desert of sand with a whisk-broom.

Problem is humans place more garbage into the ocean than the ocean can cope with naturally and the good-guy efforts remove combined. The easy answer is for humans to create less trash and deal with it at home (town or city). My experience is that folks do not change their ways without a push, usually fear, nudging them.

A question I have asked many people over the years is, “When you throw something away, where is away?” Most do not have an answer. They do not think about their trash as soon as the garbage collection truck empties the bin and hauls the contents away.

All change starts at home. I hope you do what you can to reduce your trash footprint on this earth. Dianne and I do our best.

Love & Light


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