Chalk one up for tenacious recycling gal versus wind-blown plastic bag

A little comic relief with my free style free verse poem

In my little town of East Tennessee, we do not have trash pick-up. Instead, we have to take our trash and recyling goods to the Convenience Center that is conveniently four miles from my home. On this particular day, something rather comic happened. Thus, I was inspired to write my own particular style of poetry that I call free style free verse.

This is not the actual plastic bag. I tried to recreate the incident a bit with this plastic bag. In this picture, I almost had a repeat of what had happened to me before. Fortunately, our yellow fence stopped it before it could get away.
This is not the actual plastic bag. I tried to recreate the incident a bit with this plastic bag. In this picture, I almost had a repeat of what had happened to me before. Fortunately, our yellow fence stopped it before it could get away. | Source
For these three pictures, I held on to the plastic bag so that it too would not have the opportunity to blow way.
For these three pictures, I held on to the plastic bag so that it too would not have the opportunity to blow way. | Source
For these three pictures, I held on to the plastic bag so that it too would not have the opportunity to blow way.
For these three pictures, I held on to the plastic bag so that it too would not have the opportunity to blow way. | Source
For these three pictures, I held on to the plastic bag so that it too would not have the opportunity to blow way.
For these three pictures, I held on to the plastic bag so that it too would not have the opportunity to blow way. | Source

Chalk one up for tenacious recycling gal versus wind-blown plastic bag

2nd of April 2011

Chalk one up for me,

tenacious recycling gal

versus that wind-blown plastic bag

blowing this way and that

across the Convenience Center lot.

Since we have no

personal trash pick-up

at our house

in the tiny town

wherein we live,

we make use of the wonderful

Convenience Center

that resides but four miles

from where we live.

It is there

we can take our trash.

Also, it is where

we can take our various goods

in need of being recycled:

plastics, glassware, paper goods, cardboard

and so forth.

That way, we can take pleasure

in knowing that we are not adding

to the monstrous landfills

in various spots around Mother Earth.

Instead, we are in harmony

with said Earth who I hold increasingly dear.

As I rushed to make my way

to the Convenience Center

before they closed for the weekend,

I took out my four bags of trash

accumulated over a number of day.

It was then I looked up

to see that pesky plastic bag

blowing away from an older woman

who perchance had let it drop.

Lest I be guilty of judging

when I did not actually witness this act,

perhaps this woman was not the one

who accidentally loosed

this errant plastic bag from her hold.

It might have been another one.

In any case, I determined

that once I had disposed of my trash,

I would help her or that mysterious other out.

I could not live with my conscience

had I not at least tried to help out.

Much to my surprise,

after I closed my trunk lid,

four bags in hand

that bag blew tantalizingly close.

I looked up to see the woman

heading for her car

away from the direction

this plastic bag blew.

With four trash bags in hand,

I immediately gave chase.

I must have looked quite comical.

I kept trying to get my foot

on top of some part of this bag

so that it would blow no more.

When I had my foot within a half inch

of its presence,

it slipped away and blew some more.

Perhaps someone with a camera phone

might have taken a video

and put me on YouTube

with the title

“Girl gives chase to Plastic Bag.”

In any case,

I continued my tap dance

with this plastic bag.

I could even feel liquid from my trash

spilling out onto my shot and lower pants leg.

Nevertheless, I was determined

to not end my dance

until I had experienced success.

At long last,

after several failed attempts,

I finally made contact

with that illusive plastic bag.

Then I reached down,

grabbed it firmly,

took it to the bin

where similar bags were already present

and threw it in,

slid the door closed,

so that this plastic bag

could not begin its windy dance once more.

Only then did I take my trash

to the proper receptacles,

then get in my car,

and drove away,

already composing the poem

inside my head

that soon would reside

forever more on the wonderful site

of Hubpages.

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

Very funny and I admire your tenacity!


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thanks so much, Hyphenbird. I'm sure I looked a comical sight. LOL!


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jill of alltrades 5 years ago from Philippines

Hahaha! I wish I was there to take a video of your tap dance! Seriously, I really admire your tenacity!

Wish there are more people like you!

God bless!


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Jill of Alltrades, Thanks for visiting. I'm sure I looked a funny sight. Do you recall the commercials of long ago where a Native American Indian chief cried at the sight of trash being thrown from cars? I hope I made him proud. They should show that commercial again. Have a wonderful day!

God bless and best wishes,

Debbie


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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

Very well done, you have done a good deed and saved our nature from at least one plastic bag! They can be hard to catch in strong wind:) Great poem too!

Tina


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

Thank you, Tina! I appreciate it!


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billyaustindillon 5 years ago

I will never take those dreaded plastic bags for granted again!


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Ask_DJ_Lyons 5 years ago from Mosheim, Tennessee Author

That was a cute comment, Billy. Thanks for visiting! Have a wonderful day,

Debbie

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