From this common land, Earth Day brings
six large sacks of litter – discarded fragments
collected piece by piece – extendable
picking arms, click in weekday sunshine.
Sacks stacked carefully beside a litter bin,
a multitude of plastics, foil, metal – all the brands,
cigarette butts, empty cans of lager,
a broken bottle of beer, shop carrier bags
crisp packets, PET bottles: Pepsi, Coke,
each taking many hundreds of years to decay,
a face mask, coffee cups and lids, dropped, thrown,
abandoned by those who do not seem to care.
Diligently, blades of grass uncovered, undergrowth
and fallen twigs exposed, roots of the Common return.