Give and Take

Poem from All the Best by Roger McGough

I give you clean air

You give me poisonous gas.

I give you mountains

You give me quarries.

 

I give you pure snow

You give me acid rain.

I give you spring fountains

You give me toxic canals.

 

I give you a butterfly

You gave me a plastic bottle.

I give you a blackbird

You gave me a stealth bomber.

 

I give you abundance

You give me waste.

I give you one last chance

You give me excuse after excuse.