Ever think about the ultimate impact of buying a plastic water bottle ? Ever think you might be putting a hole in the sky? Thanks to my friend Tesa for gifting me with the book of poetry Grasshopper Guru by Jane Brunette and for her thinking of me when she read this particular poem. Definitely green food for deep thought & action.
I PUT A HOLE IN THE SKY
The world depends on me
Attending to what is small.
Busy with significance,
I bought take out
And threw away the packaging.
I forgot my water bottle,
got thirsty, bought a plastic one.
Because isn’t that just a detail?
Tiny, compared to the real problems
out there, that they need to fix?
I know the truth now.
There are no small transgressions.
My heedless bottle
is the stench of burning plastic.
It is the oil spill in the Gulf,
Children with birth defects
on the banks of the Amazon,
the hole in the sky.
Rememeber, in my world I don’t tell you what to think, I just want you to.