Saturday, March 4, 2017


Mount Trashmore

Who wants this big
mound of garbage?
Every day it piles up
a little bit higher.

A sort of monument
of all of our waste.

It’s got me thinking
about achievements.

What do you call the greatest
American accomplishment?

Our great contribution
to the world at large?

Perhaps the literature of
Whitman or Hemingway?
Maybe jazz or blues
or the game of baseball?

No, I’ll tell you—
it’s this here trash.

The great mound of it,
an astounding mountain.

America has produced
this mountain of trash.

Let’s just build us a nice
ski slope on top of it.

     --Scott Silsbe

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