Stephen Katona

Silver Star - 4,271 Points (26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

A World Without Plastic - Poem by Stephen Katona

It would be fantastic,
If we stopped using plastic,
And eased the world's pain,
With a healthy food chain.
Turtles would no longer gag,
On a supermarket's bag.
Sea birds could have a meal,
Of food that was real.
Less chemicals in the sea,
Would be healthier for you and me.

If we protest en mass,
Perhaps they'll use more glass,
So the next time you buy squash,
You can take back the bottle to wash.
Cry out again,
And again,
Oh, when,
Shops re-use paper wrapping,
They'll have us all clapping.'

We can choose from today,
Things wrapped the right way.
When we see a container,
Using it again is saner.
Take care what you throw away,
Most will be here to stay.

Topic(s) of this poem: world

Poet's Notes about The Poem

It's easy to forget the power we have as consumers. We all need to do more to reduce our plastic problem.

Comments about A World Without Plastic by Stephen Katona

  • (3/7/2019 6:07:00 PM)

    mans has bars. this fire as (Report)Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (7/28/2018 12:18:00 PM)

    Good job
    But could be improved if more lengthy and more powerful words used

    3 person liked.
    2 person did not like.
  • (7/9/2018 8:39:00 AM)

    Not bad (Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (6/5/2018 1:52:00 AM)

    Nice work
    I like it to much

    (7/11/2018 9:18:00 AM)

    why there are small poem

    2 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (5/29/2018 4:01:00 AM)

    Problematic Plastic, isn't it just destroy the lives of the marine life around us? (Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (5/18/2018 12:15:00 PM)

    What does Cyril Ramaphosa mean with his repeated references to our people. Are whites included in his references to our people or are white South Africans relegated to foreigners or aliens in their own country? As a British person, living in the UK, I thought Ramaphosa's references to our people smacks or racial exclusivism and prejudice! ! ! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

    (5/18/2018 12:19:00 PM)

    Inadvertently posted this message to the wrong post. Please ignore!

    2 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Hazel Durham (5/12/2015 10:51:00 AM)

    A great message in your powerful poem with as always amazing rhyming! (Report)Reply

    6 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Bri Edwards (3/21/2015 8:57:00 PM)

    what would the 'plastic surgeons' use instead? ? ? (Report)Reply

    Stephen Katona(3/22/2015 10:09:00 PM)

    Ha ha

    5 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Bri Edwards (3/21/2015 8:56:00 PM)


    nice rhyming. not the best view of the future! i like to think/hope that the Earth and its creatures, including humans, will survive the effects of pollution, BUT if they don't survive..............well, se la vie! [oops! c'est la vie! ]

    i have suggested to friends and relatives (for quite a few years now) that i will be helping mankind (and womankind, and etc.) if i kill myself, if need be, to keep me from living too long, thus cutting down on my use of resources! Really, i mean it! [[JUST THINK of all the old people and some younger ones too, who are, in a way, dispensable, but who use up HUGE amounts of resources! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! but how many people who like/love/tolerate their parents or grandparents, or (heaven forbid!) great-grandparents, etc. would be ok with euthanasia or suicide or failing-to-supply-lifesaving-medical-care? ? ? ?

    BUT, some people are foolishly opposed to my idea, it IS against the law at least in some places, (suicide, that is) , AND then i wouldn't get to read more of PH's poems. see how selfish i am? ! and does the rest of the world deserve to have me die before my time? ? probably not! just curiosity about what WILL happen in the future............... first female president of the U.S., death of Putin, proof that GMO foods are (or aren't) harmful to people, if my 1-year old grandson will be a 'winner' or a 'loser', and what new flavors of ice cream (using Stevia) will come on the market........... may keep me from “offing” myself. hmmm?
    But THEN, I hope (I would also pray, if I believed it would do any good!) I never end up being one of “those old people” AND unable physically to kill myself or refuse medical treatment. I only hope if such a situation arises, I will at least have someone ‘responsible for my care” who will NOT authorize life-saving drugs, surgery, or other treatments. Pain killers might be nice! see my poem:

    100th Birthday [Missed By 'Mom']...... [SHORT; my mom; death; serious but NOT sad]

    BY ALL MEANS, conserve PLASTIC (or at least dispose of it 'properly') , and conserve WATER (that car does NOT need to be washed! ; you don't NEED a green lawn in the dry season! , yellow water in the toilet bowl doesn't hurt ………….much) , ENERGY (turn off or dim a few lights, ok? : put on a sweater and leave the furnace off for a while, and close the windows when it’s cold outside! ; who NEEDS a ice cube maker? ; walk fifteen minutes to buy eggs at the store, instead of driving, if you live that close! ; no more long Sunday drives to get out of the house!) , etc., etc., etc.! ! ! and turn off the computer, at least when not using it for long periods of time!)

    Stephen Katona(3/22/2015 10:13:00 PM)

    I hope you'll be sticking around for a long time yet Bri - there are lots of funny poems for you write still. Good energy saving ideas. I'm ashamed to say we went on a 30minute drive for a Sunday walk today... ;)

    5 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • (10/20/2014 12:33:00 AM)

    so much the need of the hour! together we all can save our planet. So spread the word as far and as deep into the human psyche. Keep hoping for good! (Report)Reply

    3 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Heather Wilkins (9/24/2014 9:00:00 PM)

    a good poem well written but I do not think plastic will ever go away. take care of what you throe away so true (Report)Reply

    2 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Amitava Sur (9/11/2014 10:05:00 PM)

    A lovely penning raising the people's consciousness about using plastic rampantly polluting the nature and effecting the wild life. Yes we all should raise our voice accordingly to save this earth. (Report)Reply

    2 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Valsa George (8/5/2014 11:20:00 PM)

    Beautiful poem! It will definitely be lovelier to have a world sans plastic! Unfortunately our beaches, parks and market places are all clogged with plastic! Really appreciate the word of caution at the end of the poem;

    Take care what you throw away,
    Most will be here to stay.

    Thanks for reading my poem and commenting on it!

    2 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
Read all 17 comments »

Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Famous Poems

  1. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  5. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  6. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
  9. I Do Not Love You Except Because I Love You
    Pablo Neruda
  10. Television
    Roald Dahl
[Report Error]