With the thawing
comes the revelation of the filth:
the juice boxes and the butts,
the lotto tickets and the plastic cups,
and the crime scene evidence
of tail pipe residue.
Which means it’s time
for that nasty steel-bristled broom,
the one that stands up to the grit.
We will sweep, and we’ll recycle
what can be recycled; but understand:
we’ll be ruthless with the rest.