Roadside Signs

Roadside Signs
Nine hundred miles of open road
Kites flying in the air, sign posts
Signs of something important . . .
Another make-shift memorial marking a highway death?
Some type of new American protest?
Like billboards advertising the latest fashions
Hanging like Easter eggs on high
Marking each spot
White, blue, green, yellow and
Large opaque billowing flags
Torn and shredded
Signs of our human times
Flapping in the winds
Full of air, ready for take off
But held tightly against the trees
Do you really see these roadside signs?
These open bladders of misused waste
Blossoming like the spring of a new season
Our ordinary everyday plastic bags
Dedicated to — for the joy of childhood days and roadsides free of plastic bags

28 thoughts on “Roadside Signs”

  1. Fabulous Your poem Oh i must get a friend artist to read this It reads to a painting he did .. flying over the north territory here in aus desert .. its in no mans land.. they see these, what they think looks beautiful at first a white bright shimmering of lights as they come down in their plane wee private plane yes ..they realise what they thought was some strange natural beauty of the desert with the sunlight was actually hundreds of white plastic shopping bagS ! Now this is indigenous land aborigine land yes and this is the rubbish that the white man has introduced to their world their culture their environment .. that also was killing gad knows how many poor creatures of the desert by strangulation or the many other things that can happen and also the pollution of this beautiful land.. well He painted this scene this memory .. I must see if He has this one on line and if he has I will point you in the direction of it.. Your poem speaks of this and the terrible horror we inflict on our body of earth everyday.. People used to be worried about the bomb Well things like Plastic Bags are the Bomb and likely slightly worse for their damage is a slow death of many things and all things .. I think Your poem is amazing and so important .. thankQ Beez ;))


  2. Frank ~ thanks for your read & comments! It is indeed differences in cultures & values ~ interesting that in Japan they have such high regard for their responsibility to their environment ~ wish we did! ~ how did we loose that??


  3. Jackie ~ THANKS ~ that means allot to me!! Appreciate your feedback~ 'misused waste' is right! I loved our family Sunday drives. Dad had a big Buick & all 7 kids & my parents would take trips up to the mountains to puck wild flowers m, dogwood or redbud blossoms! 🙂


  4. Thanks!! We need a green campaign here too ~ I do support using alternative bags but there are so many used ~ with little regard! I do like the idea of some type of incentive ~ thanks for visiting & taking time to post!


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