I climb upon my soap box and don’t bother to stop and think.
So if a topic arises that I am very passionate about
I open up my mouth and my opinions come ﬂying out.
And so it happened one New Year’s eve not long ago
I’d had my ﬁll of bubbly and my face was all aglow.
With family and friends I chatted, conﬁdent and bold.
Then the environmental topic began slowly to unfold.
Conversation led to the garbage that we all accumulate.
I drained my glass of bubbly, could feel myself inﬂate,
Then climbed on my soap box and pulled out all the stops.
And vented my frustration regarding all those landﬁll shops.
‘Damage to the ozone layer, talk of global warming.
Reduce our carbon footprint is the constant warning.
Everyone can lend a hand in reducing the pollution.
So let’s all take one small step to ﬁnd a small solution.
Perhaps a little push towards some regulation
On all the landﬁll shops spread across our nation?
I mean all those discount shops, bargain stores and such
Stocked with cheap items that doesn’t cost you much.
There’s at least one in every town across our land,
Selling toxic items that probably should be banned!
Have you noticed that plastic odour as you hurry by?
It takes away your breath and fumes get in your eyes.
Toys, nicknacks, and plastic merchandise galore.
Imported in containers and landing on our shores.
Garbage that ends in landﬁll just because it’s cheap.
Useful for a week or two then tossed onto the heap.’
I eventually took a break and reﬁlled my empty glass
But can’t remember the results that later came to pass.
Except when farewells were said amid the jibes and hooting.
(They’d deﬁnitely watch the news on any drive-by shooting!)
My goodness what did I say to give them that idea?
I guess my thoughts on landﬁll shops was intensely clear!