Litter-bugs are a big problem.

Once upon a time I was a teacher.  I taught in several schools, and one was a dreadful place in Erith – I suppose it was called Erith Comprehensive.  Funny to think that some of the staff are probably still there.  The staff used to take it in turns (those that were able to, for some teachers find it daunting getting up in front of hundreds of teenagers) to give assembly.  And one day my assembly was about litter.  I had totally forgotten about it till, just recently, I came across this poem, written to go with the assembly.


Litter-bug Lily

Litter-bug Lily

Was very silly

Because she started a civil war.

Said litter-bug Lily

To her friend Billy

Whatever are streets for ?


The streets are for walking

Chatting and talking,

For driving and parking

And shopping said Billy.

I can’t be your friend

Because it will end

All rubbishy and hubbishy

And not very nice.

At all.


Civil war broke out

With many a clout

Between litter-bug Lily

And her friend Billy.

She said what does it matter ?

Who cannot chatter

Just because there’s litter in the street?


Poor Lily one day

Slipped away

On a chewing gum on the road.

She bashed her head

And was almost dead

Till a nurse patched her up.

The moral of the story

Is not one of glory

But simple, so simple to do.

Put litter in the bin

Do not give in

It always reflects on you.

Catherine Broughton is a novelist, a poet and an artist.  She is widely travelled and writes regularly for magazines and blog sites.  Her sketches are on her web site .  Her books are available from Amazon and on Kindle, or can be ordered from several leading book stores.


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Catherine Broughton is a novelist, a poet and an artist.  Her books are available as e-books on this site:-            “A Call from France”          “French Sand”         ”The Man with Green Fingers”        “Saying Nothing”

They are also available on Amazon & Kindle, or can be ordered as paperbacks from most leading book stores and libraries.


Posted on 16/08/2012 by Catherine
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