Some animal, some low
has done me a favor:
tipped over the trash
in the alley early this morning,
the contents, everything –
banana peels, wads of Kleenex,
soiled diapers, moldy carrots,
bones and greasy aluminum foil,
dental floss, a Hershey’s wrapper –
I must pick up each piece
consider this too comprises
This poem originally appeared in Everyday Poems.
Henry Mortimer graduated from Bucknell in 1988. His poems have appeared in print and online publications and he writes Scribbleskiff.com, an occasional blog about books, music, and other distractions. He currently lives in Baltimore, Maryland.