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Looking around, I see signs that we've taken to heart
the fact that all trash contains treasure, at least in part.
The economy has beat us down. We're scraping pennies;
gathering recycling 'round town to buy the bare necessities.
Nearly everyone seems do be doing it in some way,
trying to find a way to recoup a cut in pay.
Some steal copper from empty homes and buildings,
while others use metal detectors to hunt for schillings.
Many people don't appreciate this scavengering.
In fact, they find the intrusion a bit maddening.
Honestly some people truly are crossing the line,
doing things that could incur more than a fine.
Some invent miracles just to earn a quick buck
and, like others, are probably down on their luck,
but it's not the same as hosting too many yard sales
and those too get busted up by uniformed males.
So what are we to do in this unique time of need?
Will you find creative ways to do a good deed?
Perhaps stash the cash producing bottles and cans
somewhere they will easily reach the right hands.
Maybe they will finally make a reality TV show
about the sketchy places that scavengers go,
a new collectibles hunter seller style
that's likely to stick around for a while.
I wish we could find a way to root out all tricksters,
to motivate others to behave like do-good-ing hipsters,
but we'll probably have to settle for commercialized charity
because true smile causing goodness (these days) is a rarity.
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