*(Not to be confused with the popular Pennsylvania Dutch area attraction of the same name!)
There used to be cans and bottles
Along the road to town….
But with that five-cent** deposit,
That trash is nearly gone!
Just past the revived woolen mill
On either side of the road….
Were gaggles of geese looking for eats,
Whatever plant life wasn’t mowed.
They never mow near the shoulder
The gravel hurts the blades…
So wildlife forage for their kind of porridge
While drivers carefully gauge.
The younger ones stayed close
To the curbing where it was more safe…
I’m sure their parents had taught them
To avoid dashing out to tempt fate.
I’d seen this gaggle before
Enjoying the mill building grounds…
I’m a little anxious to see them outside
Its protection on foraging rounds.
**In Massachusetts and other American states, a certain deposit is paid at time of purchase to encourage the return and recycling of certain beverage bottles and cans….in this state, currently for containers of carbonated beverages (soda, tonic water, sparkling juice) and wine or beer (alcoholic, or near-alcoholic). I believe this also extends to liquor containers. Some states, like Maine and California, also have this arrangement for noncarbonated juice bottles (glass or plastic) and cans.