Alison Cassidy

Rookie (6th August,1945 / Melbourne, Australia)

Hard Rubbish - Poem by Alison Cassidy

Birch leaves flutter over
dearly departed PCs,
their CRT monitors,
empty and out of date.

Autumn light dances upon
once upon a time mattresses,
limp and soggy -
after recent rain.

Sulphur-crested scavengers
gossip amid corrugated iron
and broken chairs,
discarded for want of glue.

O, you tidy consumers of Kalorama!
How eagerly would the untouchables of Calcutta
pick over your waste.


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  • (6/5/2008 1:35:00 PM)

    Too true. Glad you said it. But... frugallity is a lost cause when a replacement is cheaper than the time it takes to repair... (I'm thinking of all my xmas light strings that don't work!) . sigh... -chuck (Report)Reply

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  • (5/26/2008 3:09:00 AM)

    Alison, great idea for a poem and really well executed.
    Ian
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  • Andrew Blakemore (5/25/2008 5:30:00 PM)

    A wonderful interpretation of the developed world's waste. One rich man's rubbish is treasure for a poor man. Excellent work Alison. Love Andrew x (Report)Reply

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  • (5/24/2008 11:19:00 AM)

    A brilliant versification that warns the wasteful who would soon leave a barren land for a posterity that would losing senses fade away. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/20/2008 3:38:00 PM)

    how very true alison...we waste so much, it's pathetic...and im as guilty as anyone else...do i really need a brand new car/guitar/clothes.....and why does a brand name even matter...the west is full of nothing but materialism...very sad...but atleast the 3rd world is catching up....hopefully we can all figure out how to reduce waste

    -david
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  • Sulaiman Mohd Yusof (5/18/2008 3:54:00 AM)

    hard evidence of imbalance distribution of wealth..........your hard rubbish is open to vast interpretation......good job Allie.

    love always,
    Sulaiman
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  • (5/17/2008 8:14:00 PM)

    Hard driven poetry.......... (Report)Reply

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  • (5/17/2008 5:40:00 AM)

    This is great Allison. The last line, whilst poinient, reads as a parody, giving the poem a cynical flavour.

    The structure is almost Blakean (a term I borrowed from Patti Smith) and has that seriousness of intent, whereas the subject suggests that great tradition from Swift onwards.

    Lovely mordern day language use Allison, as ever.
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  • (5/16/2008 4:04:00 PM)

    Allie, this is a great write. The say that great mind think alike, A just over a week ago I wrote a poem along the similar lines as this called A Throwaway Society. My imagery wasn't as half as good as the striking imagery you present here. Top marks and thanks for sharing it my friend.
    David
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  • (5/16/2008 1:18:00 PM)

    I have often pondered after visiting a refuse site, that our rubbish would be another's Best!
    So sad the injustice of waste
    Alison you have shown your light here again
    All the very best
    Shine on *

    Love duncan X
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  • (5/16/2008 11:42:00 AM)

    Birch leaves, autumn moonlight and the gossiping scavengers somehow give these old worn out things a certain shabby dignity, in my mind at least. They did shine in use
    once. A timely message delivered with a certain gentle charm.

    Warmest regards,

    Sandra
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  • (5/16/2008 10:59:00 AM)

    A resounding sentiment here Allie that points the finger at our throwaway society'Discarded for want of glue' sums it up perfectly - a thought-provoking piece that once again shows your eye for detail and your concern for humanity. j xx (Report)Reply

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  • (5/16/2008 6:28:00 AM)

    Very well-penned. Love the scavengers gossiping.
    F
    x
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  • (5/16/2008 4:04:00 AM)

    Never an untimely reminder. And if any of us feel guilty... it is probably because we are. t x (Report)Reply

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  • (5/16/2008 3:38:00 AM)

    Good poem for the disbalance. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/16/2008 3:10:00 AM)

    One man's trash, another man's treasure...so true...Coach (Report)Reply

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  • (5/16/2008 2:14:00 AM)

    Oh Allie... so would I, , , so would I... and I am never tidy and - untouchable - well? ? ? ? Moving along... You have made a a great junket out of this xxxx (think red) (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, May 16, 2008

Poem Edited: Wednesday, September 3, 2008


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