Environ-mental

Environ-mental

A Poem by Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)
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A local writer asked me about the foundations of my environmentalist mindset regarding having a no waste restaurant and recycling repurposing things for the store so I wrote this poem for her project

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__Environ-mental__

 

I was raised by the wolves

Of the hunger and shortage

From a dyed in the wool

Grandmother’s acute visage

Depressions daughter schooled

In need didn’t waste privilege

She saved old string on spools

“Gum bands” on the door knob ridge

“paper” bags as wrap tools

She would hang on the fridge

Blank sides of paper refuse

She would make Christmas fudge

In old coffee cans reused

I know and please don’t judge

I’ve sampled much her fruits

Through the ration book drudge

And the rubber drive pursuits

Even her stockings begrudged

She would never refute

She saw the world change trudge

To a throw away purview

But in me she did nudge

That everything has its use

 



 

© 2020 Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)


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Your grandmother came from a generation that got up to change the channel on the TV. ha I'm sure the depression probably played a part in her conservation. I admire those times when things were simpler and those rubber bands were tied around the door knobs. :)

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 Relic

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haha, I was close.
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This is a great poem & a great way to make a point. My dad, beast tho he was, I used to say he was environmentalist before being an environmentalist was cool. You use great details & I can think of a few more (egg cartons reused for our own hens, planting seedlings in cut-off milk cartons, etc). I love how you paint a picture instead of go on a tirade. This was when thoughtfulness was a given . . . not something we have to slow down & remember once in a while (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

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Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

1 Month Ago

when she asked me to tell her what the foundations of my environmental consciousness came from this .. read more
Your grandmother was an inspiration. I think it's absolutely necessary that we get back in touch with this facet of the past lest we destroy the planet just for our own whims and comfort.

Growing up in Gen X, disposable things were the thing. So much of our lives we have spent thinking moment to moment. As in: right now I am hungry and will eat something that also generates waste that will last much longer than the food itself. And so on. And that easygoing attitude has found us in a dire position now.

When I stop and contemplate the amount of waste that I have generated over the years--even just food packaging waste, I feel sick. I've always been a second-hand clothes and books and whatever else I can get by those means that makes sense kind of person. But when it comes to food and household goods, I've recently begun assessing that waste and feeling like I have to find ways to stop buying bottles of shampoo or sticks of butter or packages of bacon and so on. So much waste that is not recyclable or even if it is, I don't know what actually happens to it.

It's great to know that your Grandmother instilled a sense of the importance and usability of everything in you. It's definitely something we need to get back to as a society. If we are to have a viable future. A great poem here, Bunny.


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Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

1 Month Ago

When I was 12 or thirteen I accidentally knocked over her Mother’s ceramic salt container I still .. read more
' I was raised by the wolves - Of the hunger and shortage - From a dyed in the wool - Grandmother’s acute visage - Depressions daughter schooled - In need didn’t waste privilege.. '

The above says it all, and what a wonderful guide for today's throw-away ' Must buy some more, one's got a hole in it' society So appreciate the wonderfully extended examples in your unique style of writing, Bunny Robert! Can remember back to some of the things our little mum used to do, handed down from women who knew the value of little money and how to manage it.. Guess there's always someone who can make use of something with needs to create or... make do.. No shame in being thrifty.

Such a fine poem, sir - well up to your usual musical energy!

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emmajoy

1 Month Ago

We all have our own ways of doing this or that - some far better than others, sir!!
Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

1 Month Ago

You are great at everything you touch unlike me of whom is simply touched:/
emmajoy

1 Month Ago

Don't you believe it, Bunny Robert. I've been searched for flaws and sentenced to .. all sorts. :)
That's true, Robert.
Day pushes day behind.
Things are changing
generations are passing by.
Grannies values what we don't,
even enjoy time in past
but time changes as life,
evading the vintage smile.


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Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

1 Month Ago

hi Kay:) vintage smiles...that is a Poem all to itself! I think I must have one of those now:)
I can remember the wooden mushroom darner my grandma had. I was fascinated when she explained to me what it was for. It was in one of the small drawers in her Singer sewing machine cabinet. My mother now has the sewing machine, still complete with cabinet. i must ask her if the darning mushroom is still there.

It was a time when there was more time, when the pace and the demands of modern day living, (which we have foisted on ourselves,) was nowhere near as frantic as it is today and when self sufficiency was the order of the day. Be nice to go back to a simpler life, but the onward march seems inexorable.

Your Mark Twain called it right did he not, when he said, 'I'm in favour of progress, it's change I don't like.'

Beccy.

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Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

1 Month Ago

What a great quote Beccy:) kids used to make fun of my patched jeans now they buy pre distressed pan.. read more
Well done Rob. I have always considered myself lucky to have lived close to my grandparents. They were around before T.V., radio, airplanes, even cars. Through their tales and instructions I was taught the value of a lot of things most people would think was junk. We had very little when I was young, but unlike these days, there weren't a lot of things to be had. There are certain things I never throw away and lots I recycle.
The one thing I really don't miss is that old two-holer out behind the house. ;>}

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Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

1 Month Ago

Lol I wouldn’t miss those cold walks too:) the place I had my first antique store still had the ou.. read more
But in me she did nudge
That everything has its use
Those people from old days had values and knew how to instil them in their youngsters. Try showing this to the fucked up millennials of today. An entire generation of attention-seekers and basket-cases! Nice one to read.

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Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

1 Month Ago

In this era of designed obsolescence I think they didn’t realize that it would carry over to our c.. read more
Pestonjee_

1 Month Ago

They’d be horrified to see some of the new breed. Just my feelings.
In USA, stores like Walmart toss-out millions of dollars. If the big chains gave away the near outdated food to the poor. Could feed every person with ease. My grandmother was the same as your grandmother. She would wash the paper plates and re-use. Thank you Robert for sharing the needed and amazing words.
Coyote

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Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

1 Month Ago

We have a program here it’s been going for about five years that takes all of the unused food from.. read more
Coyote Poetry

1 Month Ago

Some stores in the Detroit do give the food to the poor. Would be nice if all the big chains learn. .. read more
Oh yes, my Daddy used to say, "You never know when you will need this." He could fix anything with something he had saved. I grew up knowing the value of anything and everything and even though I can well afford things today, I still save plastic bags from the grocery store and newspaper bags too. I enjoyed this right....a bit of nostalgia. We really can learn a lot from the way our ancestors lived. Lydi**

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Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

1 Month Ago

I fix everything I have that fix it gene too:)
Haha
You would do well with my daughter-in-law who rents a huge semi-trailer sized storage container where she keeps a mega-monster pile of who knows what, which keeps on growing.
Don't ask about the house!!!

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Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

1 Month Ago

Yes my store is packed to the hilt my workshop is scary and I won’t even remark about my house:/ w.. read more

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Added on February 20, 2020
Last Updated on February 21, 2020
Tags: waste, need, reuse, refuse, repurposing, the great depression, throw away society, Bunny, poetry

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Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)
Robert Trakofler (Bad Bunny)

pittsburgh, PA



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I am the Bunny but the bunny isn't me long live the bunny Hello I’m Robert I own an art gallery and performance space in Pittsburgh called The Zenith It is also an antique store and a veget.. more..

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