For Poetry Friday this week, I offer up a poem of mine that originally appeared in the April 2008 Eastside Neighbor. I will admit that I am indeed sometimes guilty of being a "littershrug." This poem is a reminder to myself (and to anyone else who might be willing to listen) that keeping a park or other favorite place clean involves one step beyond simply not littering. In this season of thankfulness, you can show that you're thankful for your parks by helping to keep them free of trash!
Are You A LitterShrug?
--by Debbie Diesen
Of course you're not a litterbug –
But maybe you're a littershrug?
You see some garbage left behind
And try to put it out of mind.
It bothers you, but not enough
To stoop and pick up trashy stuff.
Yet little messes, so contagious,
Grow to messes that outrage us.
Litterbugs and littershrugs
Together lead to litter-ughs.
The cycle, though, can be contained
When littershruggers are retrained.
To make your park a better place
And put a smile on someone's face,
Go grab yourself a bag and glove,
And show your park a little love.