Message in a Bottle

Everything has a destination.

Concoctions meander

from sink

to sewer, septic bed,

groundwater seeping,

rivers flowing,

ocean  bound.

.

Accidental spills,

trucks, trains,

ships at sea–

debris travels far,

spins in silver spray,

Flotsam lands

on remote beaches.

.

Plastic bags fly,

flap in treetops,

huddle in long grasses,

meander,

 out to sea.

.

Weather-worn,

micro-bits

hang suspended

in placid ocean pools,

Currents swirl

soups of plastic.

.

Molten sand,

blown to glass,

filled with wine,

tossed from cruise liners,

washed up on beaches

or buried ocean deep.

.

We all forget,

Life in a human world,

an ethereal fantasy,

plastic, glass, metal, chemicals

used and discarded,

to disappear,

But,

Everything has a destination.

image
Marine debris on Hawaiian Coast–Public Domain

My thoughts emerged as I contemplated the photo prompt for Jane Dougherty Poetry Challenge #31:  Message in a Bottle. The prompt photo shows a bottle with a message scroll inside, lying on an ocean shore. Optional prompt words are: Ethereal, Placid, Meander, Forget, Silver.

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20 thoughts on “Message in a Bottle

  1. What an eye-opening visual, Janice. I saw a documentary over a year ago describing such debris on the coast of British Columbia from the tsunami in Japan. It was shocking.

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