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Poetry

Green Machine

The Green Machines in town

by B.F. Kirkham

Riding on through a northern street

Picking up the plastics and paper so neat

four urban cowboys – you’re in for a treat

The Green Machines in town

Bundling paper you would throw away

Boxing the plastics you would let go astray

and turning them into stuff – so the kids can play

The Green Machines in town

Driving down streets as quiet as can be

powered by Veggies or a battery

and refueled by solar while the ops have their tea

The Green Machines in town

The best thing about it ? Its clean Energy

and when using the veg fuel – its mostly free

so its saving the planet (or occasional tree)

The Green Machines in town

So on early mornings – its beating the sun

and its crew are loading it up as one

whether its paper (blue) or glass/plastics (brown)

you’ll recognize the almost familiar sound….

The Green Machines in town

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Garden Home Industrial Life Nature

The recyclers

Salford, 29th April 2020

They’re picking up your plastic

your glass, and paper , man

they’re taking it to the depot

in their big new shiny van

They’re re-using all those used things

you would normally throw away

no time to be sticking them in the ground

they’ve found another way

The rubbish is carefully sorted

from the differently bright coloured bins

so there’s piles of different types of rubbish

from plastics and cans, to steel tins

So they’re mulching up yesterdays headlines

for books in the libraries to learn

and they’re sending your food waste for compost

instead of just letting it burn

But its not just the plants that are thriving

some food waste comes back another way

it’ll return in the van, changed by a plan

to collect more things another day

And as the people are in libraries reading

the kids are growing gardens in school

and what do they think of your food waste

when it’s feeding the plants ? they say – Cool!

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Poetry

Paper

#fowc #paper

pulped and rolled out wood chip

a marvellous media to receive the

pens contents

even if the colour is

red , blue, yellow or green

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Acrostic

Trash

#fowc #trash

The amount of

Rubbish heading for

An underground site is (believe it or not)

Shrinking day by day – thanks to

Helpful bin collectors

They’ve separated the paper, plastic and glass

Recycling them into new materials

And Stainless Steel and Aluminium is

Separated out before being melted down and

Headed back to the factory for turning into new items

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Inspiration Life Memories Poetry

Cash

#Fowc #Cash

I remember as a kid

collecting the copper coins

in an old tea caddy

Ten penny chocolate drops

your average spend

for a little lads pocket

sweets switched for comic books

saving enamel for copper

and a weeks reading funnies

Hello Mister Twenty Pence

Farewell Mr Pound Note

Miss Shiny Pound has Arrived

Gold Coins saved for Blue Notes

Blue Notes saved for Orange Notes

Orange Notes saved for Purple Notes

Plastic for Paper ? A Surprise indeed

Silver shines in the plastic interior

Value reflected in a fancy Hologram

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Acrostic Cityscapes Poetry

Recycling

Salford, 14th August 2019

Someone at the depot, didn’t really

Enjoy the manual extraction of

Paper , Metal , Plastics and Glass

As they passed him by on the conveyor belt

Reaction ? swift as bright coloured cousins joined the usual receptacle

And Markets created to conjure household rubbish by the

Tonne, into something much more pleasing to the

Eye, as yesterdays news transformed into blank new canvas

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Poetry

Recycling

Wednesday 13th February

They put the bins out last night

The value of last weeks news dropped dramatically

As it waits for the refuse van

To take it to the paper mill

While bottles of plastic and glass

And tins and cans

Await their next transformation

Into the latest big thing

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Acrostic Art Childhood Growing up

Paint 🎨

Paint

proud little toddler, parades his masterpiece

as mum and dad peruse the aftermath

in consideration, there really is more colour on the paper and

not the wall, now scattered in the maestros colours

together they smile…as the soapy water will be out after bedtime

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Acrostic Art Canalside Places Poetry Water Waterside

Emulating the greats

Homage

Salford , 30th August 2017

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Sat by the great stretch of Ontario,

Aware of the place i was in

Lowry’s backyard, I

Found myself a bench facing

Out onto this great stretch of

Royal waterway, in sight of Rileys Flat and began to

Draw a scene in simple pencil – one the great man would appreciate

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Acrostic Pleasures Poetry Technology writing

Once more into the ink…

Quill

Quite the thing, the noble feather known as a quill

under the hand of the wordsmith

it paints pictures in type without a machine

letters form on paper through ink

lovingly transcribed by the writer with the sharpened nib