The Dirigible Balloon
Poetry for Children

Beach Clean Up

Bread bag tags, bottle tops,
crisp packets, lone flip flop,
chocolate wrappers, ice-lolly sticks,
rusty nails, bits of brick.

Plastic bags, aluminium cans,
takeaway containers, polystyrene slabs.
Green glass, white glass, brown glass too.
Gems of sea glass polished smooth.

Disposable lighters, cigarette butts,
a dirty nappy no one wants to touch.
Pieces of wood, a fly-tipped tyre,
rope and twine and treacherous wire,

Dropped or lost, forgotten, blown,
Left, abandoned, discarded, thrown.
All this litter, all this junk,
All this rubbish for us to pick up.

About the Writer

Kathryn Dove

Kathryn writes fiction and poetry for children. She enjoys the alchemy of poetry and seeing how a dash of imagination can transform ordinary life into something surprising and wonderful. She has lived in London and spent a summer working in a small village on the west coast of Scotland. Kathryn now lives with her family in Auckland, New Zealand.