Litter is Rubbish

Just look at all that lousy litter! What a massive mess!
The litterbugs have dropped it there, it's like they don't care less
Just chucking mucky yucky stuff from trucks and cars and vans
And flicking icky sticky stuff and kicking cola cans
It's here, it's there, it's everywhere; there's rubbish all around
It's swirling, whirling in the wind and groaning on the ground
It's gushing in the gutters and the bushes and the trees
It's time to make it stop because it's nearly near our knees!
So please don't drop it, if we stop it everybody wins
Just put your flipping litter in the flipping litter bins!

There's pieces on the pavement and the paths beneath our feet
There's bits to trip and slip on simply slung across the street
There's sweet wrappers and treat wrappers and loads of mouldy food
There's nasty stuff like pasty crusts and half the food's half-chewed
There's burger boxes, bakers' bags and smokers' cigarettes
There's grimy, slimy piles for miles, all soggy sopping wet
There's germs and junk and gloopy gunk and grotty, greasy grub
There's often shocking shedloads close to shops and schools and pubs
So please don't drop it, if we stop it everybody wins
Just put your flipping litter in the flipping litter bins!

There's chip packets and crisp packets and broken glass and tins
There's lazy people, crazy people, walking past the bins
And putting parts of pizzas on a stack of stuff that stinks
But why do people leave it there? And why don't people think?
There's lumps and clumps of chewing gum, stuck everywhere like glue
I dread it when I tread in it and get it on my shoe
There's wasps and flies and, no surprise, there's even rats and mice
That trash attracts and that's a fact and that's not very nice
So please don't drop it, if we stop it everybody wins
Just put your flipping litter in the flipping litter bins!

It's piled up in the playground, in the park and at the beach
When, easy peezy lemon squeezy, bins are near to reach!
Just be aware and take some care. This place could be so nice
Just take away your takeaway and hear this clear advice
It isn't hard! It doesn't cost! There's often bins close by
And if there's not then, hey, guess what, there IS no reason why
Just keep a hold and take it home, re-cycle if you can
It's so much cleaner, so much greener, such a simple plan
So please don't drop it, if we stop it everybody wins
Just put your flipping litter in the flipping litter bins!

I said, please don't drop it, if we stop it, everybody wins
Just put your flipping litter in the flipping litter bins!

© Tony Walsh
With kind permission from the poet.

Tony Walsh

Tony Walsh

Tony is a Manchester-based poet working around the UK and internationally, writing and performing for both children and adults. His writing came to worldwide attention with the now iconic performance of his poem “This Is The Place” at the vigil for the victims of the Manchester Arena bombing in May 2017. Tony subsequently performed to a global audience at the One Love stadium concert to raise funds for the victims, whilst licensing the poem to raise approaching £200k for Manchester charities.

A passionate and inspiring educator, Tony has collaborated to create two picture books for children and has worked in schools, colleges and universities around the UK and as far away at Turkey and Kazakhstan. He was commissioned to write the poem to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the BBC’s flagship Blue Peter programme.

Tony was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Salford, becoming a Doctor of Letters, in 2018 and is delighted to be named as an Ambassador for National Poetry Day 2019.

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