This poem is about SDGs of life on land, life below water, and responsible consumption and production. If we don’t act now, this poem could be our future.
It’s sunrise, but nobody can tell,
The sunrays barely noticeable through the thick clouds,
The sky too dark to navigate through,
The plastic cartons, bottles, and kitchenware, decorating the streets like confetti,
Reminding you of the mess we created.
Dear future grandchildren,
Forgive me for your homes, almost concealed in plastic,
Forgive me for the air, what once was blue now grey,
What once was hazardous, now is typical,
From 50 to 1000, from what was our decent to yours,
Do you know the feeling of grass tickling your legs, like soft feathers?
Or the fragrance of flowers nearby?
Forgive me, you probably don’t. For you’re
Stuck in domes, and buildings all day,
Stuck with masks without anything to say.
For your flowers are candy out of a plastic bag,
Your grass is artificial
Forgive me for your daily trek to school, with
Plastic straws and wrappers coiling around your ankles like snakes,
The crisp crunch of a can as your foot pushes it even deeper into the mud,
The icky sludge of food and drinks sneaking their way into your shoes,
Making their way into the creases of your skin,
The dampness making your body cringe.
All while the straps of your mask hang around your ears,
Threatening to fall off.
You see a woman pass by
Her heart pounds louder and louder
As her breathing grows quicker and uneven,
An alarm rings in her ears,
She stumbles and collapses onto the ground.
Eventually, her breathing stabilizes,
“That was close”, she chokes out, wiping the sweat off her face.
She thinks she’s lucky, but let me tell you,
That was just the beginning
It’s sunrise again,
You look up into the sky.
The thick clouds once again hover over you,
Like a predator ready to pounce
However, this time, something is different,
Through the thick clouds, there’s one little beam of light,
Just barely showing through.
But that’s enough to tell you, there is still hope.
You can still make your home a clean, safe, and enjoyable place,
If you just open your eyes a little and strive.
Rob Merrick Deputy Political Editor @Rob_Merrick. “MPs Criticise Three Month Delay since Government Pledged to Tackle Plastics Pollution.” The Independent, Independent Digital News and Media, 22 Feb. 2018, www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/plastic-pollution-budget-charges-philip-hammond-chancellor-disposable-coffee-cup-mary-creagh-a8221971.html.