Trolley in the Garbage
“Get up Rupert,” Mommy said,
“It's time to rise, get out of bed.
Tuesday is our garbage day,
You have to work before you play.”
So Rupert did as he was told,
Put on his slippers went into the cold.
He bent to pick up the garbage bag,
When something moved from it inside.
Startled, Rupert dropped the bag!
A sudden jump, the bag went high.
It rolled and spun like a top on fire,
Then landed on an empty tire.
Rupert couldn't believe his eyes,
Something weird, a wild surprise.
It was not a mouse or a rabbit there,
But a Trolley man with lots of hair.
A face and nose like a jelly bean,
All wrapped up in plasticine.
Garbage stuck between his teeth,
And big red toes on big green feet.
“Hey you there,” Rupert yelled.
“What are you doing? Ahh YOU smell!”
But the Trolley man with lots of hair,
Clapped his hands and disappeared.
Sam Sam the Trolley man,
Lived his life in a garbage can.
Treasure treasure jelly and jam,
All wrapped up in a tin of spam.
“Look at me and you will see,
I like to eat just stinky cheese.
Glass and paper, bottles and cans,
Are not the meal of a Trolley man.”
“Look at this potato skin,
Warms me up and makes me grin.
And even this old shoelace here,
Tastes like pumpkin and soapy cheer.”
“Trash and garbage are my fuel,
Gooey carrots are very cool.
Keep your garbage wrapped up tight,
Or you may have a Trolley sight!”
“If you don't do what I say,
I may visit you one day!
Compost all the foody grime,
I'm gone for good, you've cleaned up fine!”
Wanting to see the troll again,
Rupert recycled the garbage can.
He put together tins and glass,
Cardboard crushed, milk cartons smashed.
He put them all in a separate box,
Then sent them off in a big green truck.
His garbage bag was now so small,
Trolley man would have to crawl.
Now Rupert waited patiently,
For Trolley man to come and see.
To tease him Rupert wrapped up peas,
Honey toast with mustard seeds.
He smeared them on a dried up pear,
And then he waited, waited there.
The Trolley man he smelled a treat,
It smelled so squishy, smelled so sweet.
“OOOOOOh I smell something very yummy,
Something chewy something crummy.
I will have a meal they say,
Like a king on Christmas day.”
So with very careful ease,
Trolley man got on his knees.
He waited till Rupert closed his eyes,
Then climbed in quick and hid inside.
The garbage now it seemed so lean,
Where's the treat, the treat he gleaned.
He couldn't smell a can or box,
Newspaper, glass or a dirty sock.
“Why look at this banana peel,
It makes me happy, makes me squeal.
I am so lucky you can see,
Why there is even pickle cream.”
And to Rupert's sudden surprise,
He saw movement from inside.
The garbage bag did gently sway,
As Trolley man again made his way.
“Got-cha”, said Rupert as he grabbed the bag,
“I've got the Trolley man”, he bragged.
But Trolley man ate the nasty treat,
Swallowed whole down to his feet.
And he let out a great big BURP.
Rupert dropped the bag with a sudden jerk.
Trolley man began to pop,
His eyes, his nose, just wouldn't stop.
He cackled like a herd of geese,
He clapped his hands and showed his teeth.
Then Trolley man he laughed and said,
“Oh my it's lovely to be fed!”
Then Trolley man with a great big grin,
Stood on his head and began to spin.
He spun and spun like a whirling top,
Then disappeared ... he wasn't caught.
Rupert decided then and now,
He would compost the garbage pile.
So Trolley man would not come back,
He packed old food in a compost sack.
He recycles now and keeps things clean,
Why he's become a clean machine.
He composts food in his back yard,
His mom is happy and he works hard.
He tells his friends to be aware,
Recycle, protect and take care.
“Check your garbage everyday,
So Trolley man will stay away!!”
“Catch me catch me if you can,
I am the king of garbage land.
I don't like bottles, paper and glass,
Peanut butter eggshells are a healthy snack.”
“Put your bottles in a box,
Take out the paper, don't leave socks.
Milk cartons they are way too large,
Don't need tins and I don't need jars.”
“Compost all the foody grime,
I'm gone for good, you cleaned up fine.
Keep things clean,
I'll stay away,
Forget and I'll be back one day!!”
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