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Thursday, March 31, 2011 06:02 am

pollutionpoem #4 March 31

hercules didn’t start it of course
only publicized it — running a river
through the augean stables’ filth
so that all the dirt and droppings
were swept downstream chicago
was canny to send their fecal
foulings to the mississippi via
the sag canal else lake michigan
would now be a cesspool we’ve
gone on treating our planet like
a sewer though and don’t have
any greek god to blast our trash
into outer space anyway it’s
a cesspool up there too with
some about to fall on our heads
like chicken little you know don’t
you that rotating in the atlantic’s
sargasso sea is a continent of
floating plastic those water bottles
we don’t need shampoo aunt
jemima mattresses baggies
you name it some will disinte-
grate so that the food chain can
eat it fish crabs plankton and do
themselves in as for our atomic
sewage it won’t break down sure
nevada’s fighting but who cares
about nevada that’s a throwaway
state we just don’t want any hot
trains tootling through our yards
to get there though its already
pluming across the pacific

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