Chilli Beach Poem - Ode to Tangaroa Blue

Sue Hayes CB1Marine debris is all you can see littered along the beach of windy Chilli 
Anthropogenic detritus of micro plastic bits 
a modern day archaeology of human s**t 
Thai water bottles and fishing boat bleach 
now algaed and brittle washed upon the beach

You may feel disheartened with no hope in sight
kilometres of plastic fragments and a lone whistling kite
But with Clean Coast Collective and Tangaroa Blue
Lockhart kids and Rangers, we know what to do.

Armed with gloves and bags and plenty of sunscreen
though back breaking work, we handpicked the beach clean.
We documented the debris with meticulous rigour
with Heidi at the helm and her cyber track figures

We were constantly yelling random figures in the air
plastic bits, screaming s**ts, data pen beware.
The volunteers had travelled from near and far
to assist in this clean up aided by cars

Mat has his shovel and hacksaw in hand
pulling reams of ghost nets knotted under the sands
Whilst Gandalfian Jeff may look quite demure
he's secretly hunting Sue's illusive marlin lure


After 5 days of picking up debris off the land
covered in filth, sanitising gel and sand
We now cast our eye over sweeping Chilli beach
With coconuts swaying and waves at our feet

Who would have known the situation so drastic
littered with pink, blue and red bits of plastic
but now its all gone and that's bloomin fantastic
So thanks #TangaroaBlue for setting this in motion
inspiring each of us to help clean up the oceans

Hopefully we will see you back year after year
So give yourselves a huge clap and a well deserved beer.

Viva TANGAROA BLUE, the ocean thanks you!

A huge thank you to volunteer and artist extrodanair Sue Hayes for this poem!