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Thursday, 7 November 2013


I thought I wanted
that new fridge, washer, drier, dishwasher –
devouring department stores on
wet, winter weekends – enthralled
by chrome, push button, A+++ rated efficiency
(to save our planet)
                                                Some say beauty is in the eye of the beholder
                                                I say it’s here, now –
                                                greens, blues, an autumn leaf
                                                curling in the glow of a setting sun.
                                                Hues of umber, scents of bark,
                                                soft footfalls in pristine
kitchens – steel, gleaming –
discard the old
(three years at least).
I thought I wanted
that new TV, the latest Mac,
wireless keyboard to travers
                                                continents, myriad lands
                                                mountains, meadows, glaciers
                                                sands, where
time –
dripping, ebbing,
breathing toxic
waste and
Dumping cathode-ray
tubes on precious soils
                                                children scavenge,
                                                nails to bone
                                                work the lands
of Western Waste –
precious commodities
for our planet’s

©Carolyn Cornthwaite    

Carolyn is a writer in mind, body and soul. She does other things to pay the bills. She blogs (sometimes) and moves ever closer to her life in France.


  1. Nicely done Carolyn and the 'second' poem an excellent commentary too.

    I am led to believe that even low grade recycling is a scam of seeing to be doing good (for our environment) and the report of dumping 'illegal' fridges in Ghana comes as no surprise at all

    Anna :o].

  2. Thank you Anna, I was most moved by the photograph that accompanies the story; whilst I knew (to some extent) that recycling wasn't all it seems I don't think I ever imagined the environmental destruction that was depicted in that single scene.