2017, Middle School, Poetry
Plastic bobbs along from dawn to dusk,
Never stops floating,
Humans help me along.
Killing marine life,
Humans help me along,
The ever helpful sea whispers this lonely secret to me,
“Ebbing and Flowing,
Cleaning and hydrating,
Caressing their wounds,
Only wanting to help them,
They hurt without thought.
Forgotten and sad,
Only handfuls value me,
Others turn their backs.”
Without a voice, our marine life can only sing a gloomy song,
“As precious as their oxygen,
This is our home,
What are we to become of without it?”
The solution is staring us right in the face.
Small efforts can change the world.
Is plastic really worth this trouble?
Pick up after yourself,
Don’t leave your trash behind.
Small efforts can change the world,
The extra commitment is worth it.
Choose to protect, don’t choose to pollute,
Start now and protect our future.
We only have one ocean.
McDermott, Annette. “Solutions for Ocean Pollution.” LoveToKnow . LoveToKnow Corp, n.d. Web. 02 May 2017.
The majestic plastic bag – a mockumentary. (2010, August 17). Retrieved May 02, 2017, from https://www.theguardian.com/environment/interactive/2010/aug/17/majestic-plastic-bag-mockumentary
We thought that this format for our poem would be a good idea because it helps to explain each point of view and each side to ocean pollution. Ocean pollution affects more than the ocean’s purity; it affects marine creatures and humans. We didn’t want to write about one aspect of ocean pollution; it was important to us that we include all of the voices and parts of the world that were being hurt because of us. As we were writing this we felt a strong connection to the words and meaning of the poem because all of the words we were writing didn’t just come off of a website–they were true. The ocean and marine life are being affected drastically, and we are doing nothing.