For What It's Worth

by Walter   Mar 13, 2021


There are many things, that I own
Which accumulates over the year
During spring clean, some are thrown
And made to disappear

To the tip they will go
As to sell, no-one would pay
Nor is there anyone that I know
To even give them away

Because no-one wants recycled trash
Who am I to kid
Although once worth decent cash
But now, wouldn't get one bid

It was then during work lunch break
In the park where I would find
I quickly realised my mistake
And had a sudden change of mind

Because while eating in this retreat
I made sure to leave it clean
Where I sat on the bench seat
To keep it all pristine

Although just before I would leave
Something that caught my eye
Had me rethink how I perceive
And easily rectify

A line of ants which would form
Right beside my own two feet
And for my crumbs, they'd all swarm
As for them, this is a treat

So I moved those items on my lawn
With a big sign which said FREE
By next morning, they had gone
Something I could not foresee

And I was, amazed to find
As value is hard to measure
Because what is trash, in my mind
Is someone else's treasure

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  • 1 month ago

    by Keira Pickard

    How did I miss this one?! This is excellent, with Another great message. I love the title and how it flows, and also the perfect, neat ending. Congratulations on your win!

    • 1 month ago

      by Walter

      Thank you Keira for your wonderful comment. I'm truly grinning from ear to ear!

  • 1 month ago

    by Mr. Darcy

    So nice to see you on the front page! Well done.

    • 1 month ago

      by Walter

      Thank so much Mr. Darcy...very happy to be here :)

  • 1 month ago

    by Everlasting

    Congrats on the win. I like this poem for the lesson that it conveys. However, it could benefit with some editing to make it flow better:

    There are many things, that I own
    Which accumulates over the year
    During spring clean, some are thrown
    And made to disappear

    ^ This is just a suggestion for the first stanza:

    I would write it like this

    There are many things I own
    accumulated over the year
    during Spring cleaning as it’s known
    some are rid off and disappear

    • 1 month ago

      by Walter

      Thank you Everlasting for your comment and alternative first stanza suggestion :) It does make it flow better.

  • 1 month ago

    by Star

    Reevaluating the value whatever we're trying to throw away, whether we decide to give them away or even recycle them may make a change.
    Congratulations on the win!

    • 1 month ago

      by Walter

      Thanks Star! And yes, reusing or recycling seems to be the way to go with our diminishing resources.

  • 1 month ago

    by Scott Cole

    Nominated

    • 1 month ago

      by Walter

      Thank you Scott

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