December 16, 2019
There once was a tidal marsh, wetlands rich with sea grass, insects and shorebirds.
1852 United States Army Corps created a dike
1946 dredging began
1962 dredging ended
16 long years, the humans worked
Expensive houses with Sail Bay views, beautiful bike path, beach volleyball court
10,500,000 for a 4 bedroom, 4 bath in 4,000 square feet
Plastic swan in your zillow add, plastic swan that is not alive
drplasticpicker came looking for plastic
few pieces here and there, cigarette butts
one gum wrapper floating back and forth 1.5 cm, but drplasticpicker could not reach
the bay is dead
no sounds of birds, no insects, no kelp
walking along the manmade shore, I could not hear the earth
I could not hear the animals, but I do hear the earth
she whimpers, whimpers as she is able to move the bay’s water only 1.5cm
she tries to push the candy wrapper toward me, but she is too weak
I cry. I am drplasticpicker and I cry.
I run back to the ocean, to the beach. The beach is strewn with plastic but there is still life. Still strong waves as mother nature slams human plastic debris at my feet.