Too many bottles, said Dolphin.
Too many bags, said Whale.
Too many wrappers, said Great White Shark.
Too many straws, said Snail.

Too many flip-flops, said Turtle.
Too many cups, said Seal.
Too many brushes, said Manta Ray.
Too many tops, said Eel.

Too many lighters, said Lobster.
Too many balls, said Huss.
Too much plastic, said Pufferfish,
And not enough room for us!



Jacqueline Shirtliff is a poet and primary school teacher on the Isle of Man. One of her favourite things is helping children to love poetry and reading and encouraging them to be writers themselves. She lives with her husband and youngest son in a rose-covered cottage near the sea and enjoys gardening, crochet and playing the tuba and harp, but not all at the same time! You can read some of her other poems in The Caterpillar and The Dirigible Balloon.