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The Good and the Bad - Paper or Plastic

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The Good and the Bad - Paper or Plastic

Discarded plastic can bring creature alarm.
On the head of a manatee, it has no charm.
Paper comes from trees, lost habitats, poor bee.
Is it just convenience that matters, to thee?

Paper or plastic, what shall it be?
The answer sometimes flip-flops within me.
Why you may ask, just read on to see.

Should one use paper, at the grocery shops?
Paper bags decay quickly in acid raindrops.
When added to mulch, it nourishes crops.
And, paper bagged plants save fragile leaf tops.

Paper is bulky; plastic is not.
Plastic has features that paper does not.
Plastic or paper decisions flip-flop.

Yes, plastic is easy to loop on the arm.
And it does not bring any tree harm.
You could even use it around plants on a farm.
So, keep the weeds out and lessen plant harm.

Paper makes masks; plastic should not.
Plastic lasts long, paper will rot.
Paper or plastic decisions flip-flop.

It’s not just convenience that matters to me.
Plastic, when emptied, stays crinkly-crunchy.
Paper saves wildlife, which is extremely peachy.
Paper or plastic, what shall it be? 

Is it just convenience that matters, to thee?

© February 22, 2012
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Written for Poetry Soup Member Contest: Paper or plastic Free Poetry 
Sponsor	Susan Burch

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  1. Date: 3/3/2012 6:10:00 AM
    Congratulations Dane Ann a smashing piece xx

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 7:14:00 PM
    DANE... congratulations! WITH YOUR CONTEST WIN!! *Enjoyed stopping by to view may winners tonight!! Have yourself a very nice night ;-)*always..pd

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 5:03:00 PM
    Dane Ann, well worded. A very enjoyable read. Congrats on making Susan's winners' list.....................S.Ronthorpe

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 2:48:00 PM
    Congratulations on your win and thanks for supporting my contest! enjoyed the debate and how you question the reader in the end :)

  1. Date: 3/2/2012 11:02:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win in Susan's "Paper Or Plastic" contest Dane Ann. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/23/2012 12:23:00 PM
    I am enjoying reading some very diverse poetry today. I am glad yours was amongst the ones posted here that I was able to read and enjoy Dane Ann. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/23/2012 3:59:00 AM
    Wish you luck in contest Dane Ann - enjoy to reading it. - oxox love Anne-Lise