Wednesday, 23 July 2014


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I sometimes can’t differentiate

Between trash and treasure

When my father discarded

Those wrapper foils of cigarette

I treasured them to make

Tiny silver cups for the dolls


Who does not value this precious life

But to some it is hillbilly, okie

Redneck or simply white trash

Yet what a treasure is

A bit of consciousness


A lot of animals are trash

Because humans can’t eat them

And they are ugly to look at

Or they are threat to your cattle

While we keep on pulling out

The subtle skin on Nature’s face

So pigeons, carp, coyote are trash

Canada goose is a sky carp

But Mother Nature keeps

A sharp look out for Her

Dearest wild babies


We better learn to respect

All life forms

Before we become trash ourselves


Posted for Laurie’s prompt Trash Or Treasure @ Poetry Jam


  1. Beautifully expressed, Sumana. Nothing natural on this earth is "junk" - it all is here for a purpose... We should treasure all of nature's creations.

  2. you have nicely expressed the sentiments to value nature in its all forms.

  3. I like the progression of your poem, Sumana! Everything has value, not least the animals we eat or do not eat. I suppose the way we respect them is an indication of how we value life in general.

  4. Nicely expressed ideas, Sumana. All animals have value, a place in the universe. Even the lowliest of beasts or the ones that humans seemingly don't have a use for. Each has a part in the balance of things, is necessary for a purpose - even if we sometimes don't know what it is.

  5. I don't think any living thing can be trash. Though I may not see a need/use for it, there certainly is on the grand scale. Well done.

  6. like it, respect goes a long way and there is always something to treasure.

  7. profound message, have a nice Wednesday

    much love...

  8. Beautifully expressed :)
    Have a nice day!

  9. Your theme is a little like mine today. I like the line about peeling nature's skin. So sad that people think of animals as trash.

  10. Very strong and wise ending. Beware that we become the trash.

  11. I like that ending, a very meaningful message Sumana ~

  12. Humans are obsessed with categorisation and labels.

  13. Yes, so true. All living things have worth and should be valued and respected accordingly. Good one, Sumana.

  14. well in todays world most humans are also treated as trash not just animals!! its a sad state of affairs... lovely poem!!

  15. A great pondering and good food for thought. Sometimes we take things for granted.

  16. I'm with the last three lines, let's us to keep and save the nature's beauty! ~ I like those silver cups :)x

  17. A very good point you make Sumana, and you did it well.

  18. You're so right! Everything in nature has to be valued, especially when talking about life. It doesn't matter if we understand the purpose or not, all life forms must be respected. In Spain people don't seem to understand this and they keep killing animals only to have fun... Despicable. I love the message you express here and the way you did it, Sumana!

  19. loved this sumana..we have to respect nature and learn to be with it..we have stood apart from nature thinking we are the superior ones..

  20. Respect for all life is important. Bad treatment has a way of biting you in the end.

    I used to make silver cups from gum wrappers.

  21. it would be good if we learned that respect for all things...and cool on the cigar wrapper...def there is trash that we can make something of...smiles.


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