Monday, 29 October 2012

Halloween poison

Does it strike anyone else
as completely insane 
that Australia sends large, ungainly ships laden with coal
through the beautiful, fragile, world heritage Great Barrier Reef 
all the way to China and India 
so that this finite resource can power dirty factories, 
employing people in appalling conditions
to make
tatty plastic products.

Returning - using more fossil fuels -
for a "festival" with no relevance in our culture?

Where children pound on doors demanding sweets,
and the tawdry, mass produced crap
ends up in landfill
and waterways and oceans,
where marine creatures will choke
or be poisoned by minute, disintegrating plastic particles. 
Plastic pellets found in a few minutes on a beach
in Port Phillip Bay. Victoria.

a Drabble is a story told in 100 words.  No more. No less.



Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Sue .. no more no less - you said it all ..

Brilliant drabble highlighting much - that's relevant to other areas of the world .. but the Great Barrier Reef does seem to be in jeopardy ...

Certainly a Halloween poison - we don't think ..

Cheers Hilary

Sue said...

Hilary ... what to say ... the waste and insanity of rampant consumerism seems to be out of control. I think what I find worse about Halloween is that it's clearly being pushed by supermarkets and stores on people for whom it means nothing at all.