Rubbish Glastonbury Poem

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They said ‘Love the Farm and Leave no Trace,
But you can’t be arsed
Cos you are off your face.
You’ve been partying for days,
But look at the state of this place.

An abandoned evacuee camp;
They came, they trashed, and they left.
All the litter for the pickers.
All the tat for the tatters.
All the food for the seagulls, if they could get it out of the packets.

All the boots in the car parks,
In almost every parking space.
All the trolleys broken in the race
To be first out the gates,
While the land fills up with our disgrace

You make up lies to soothe you
Like we can recycle, upcycle, re-use.
Make a thousand go carts
Out of all the spare parts
And send them to migrants.

With sleeping bags, roll mats,
Cookers and camping chairs.
Your dirty shoes and his muddy flairs.

Someone will pick up the pieces,
Cool boxes full of faeces,
Who the hell does a dump,
In the middle of their tent?
A steaming monument to represent
the level of descent they underwent.

It’s not rocket surgery,
You were potty trained in nursery,
But you can buy more with your college bursary,
Buy one get one free in our disposable society
While people are starving in a time of austerity,
lunching out your stuff ain’t donating to charity,
So lets’s get some clarity …

All the munters are knackered by Monday.
So why don’t the punters pack up on Sunday?
Put your stuff in the lock up
Party all night, ready to go at sun up
You can sleep easy on the bus.

They said ‘Love the Farm and Leave no Trace,
So have a bit of dignity
And tidy up the place.
We’ve been partying for days,
So let’s respect the land and leave with grace.

Lisa Goodwin – Glastonbury Festival 2016



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3 responses to “Rubbish Glastonbury Poem

  1. Seriously – is that what this place LOOKS like after the festival?! Wow. Your poetry is amazing! (We knew that, tho right?) Thanks for putting all this on the web to be SEEN! xoxoxox

    • Hi Sally, thanks for your reply …. yes! it really does look like this – We try to encourage folk to leave no trace and many do that – some campsites and campers pride themselves on respecting the land, but so many are not conscious of their impact, or they think someone else will pick it up. Mountains of wellies, tons of tents and camping chairs, and not all of it can be reused, so much ends up in the land. A huge team of litter pickers move in and usually in a month or so it is cleaned up, but so much waste!

    • Hi Sally – Yes it is like that and worse … but in just a few weeks the land is picked clean by the litter pickers – so much is wasted, but a lot gets re-used or sent to places in need xx It is crazy to think that so many people leave all this stuff, the message is getting out there and many festival goers ‘leave no trace’ which is the message we all try to get out there. Big love and all sweetness xx

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