I entered the following in a Sea Week poetry competition last month.
I never heard anything back, so obviously didn’t get anywhere (which is a bit odd..) but thought it was worth sharing nonetheless:
Problematic Pacific Plastic
Our oceans are dying!
That’s not iconoclastic.
You would be too,
If you were that clogged up with plastic!
We’ve got lagoons of balloons,
Whale swimming speed’s off the throttles,
‘Cause it had to get ocean motion,
When you’re chock-full of fizz bottles!
Sea turtles are choking,
When they spy their favourite dish.
Because turtles can’t define
Between plastic bags and jelly fish!
There’s so much plastic pollution
Floating around the Pacific,
They’ve named it “The Great Garbage Patch”!
Y’know, just to be specific!
We need to do something!
All this ocean pollution must end!
For the sake of our existence,
And for our planet to mend!
It’s too much a problem
For us just to park it –
Start by taking canvas bags
To your supermarket!
Recycle the lot!
Sea levels are rising,
But our future ain’t looking too hot!
So as my poem ends,
I’m begging you, Please!
“Tiakina o Tātou Mōana”
“Care for our Seas”!