Now General Waste was a military man.
Yes, a military man was he.
He’d led a life
So full of strife
He knew not where to be.

But when he retired he took a post
As the village waste collector.
He said with a sigh,
“I might as well try,
I’ll be good as a street protector.”

This post he took as a garbage man,
A rum old job to choose.
He wasn’t bitter
Collecting litter,
He’d nothing much to lose.

He was so used to being obeyed,
He loved issuing orders,
“Now don’t drop that,
You little brat”,
“Or I’ll march you to headquarters.”

But then one day he met another,
A refuse collector she.
So full of beans,
A lass of means
And soon the two became ‘We’.

They did their jobs together now,
He a spry street sweeper,
While she picked waste,
Not to his taste,
Saying “I’m not my husband’s keeper.”

But when at last their jobs were done,
They went home to their cottage.
She called him “Sir”,
He cooked for her,
Their favourite – egg and sausage.

But one fine day she said to him.
“I’ve got a swelling tummy.
It might be that,
Just fancy that,
I’m going to be a mummy.”

Well general Waste was taken aback,
“You mean I’ll be a daddy?
At my age now
I can’t see how
I’ll cope with a little laddy.”

But when he paused and gave it thought,
He decided better of it.
“Might not be bad,
That little lad,
I might just learn to love it.”

Now General Waste, his wife and son,
Derive exceeding pleasure,
As, with great joy,
Man, wife and boy,
They pick up waste together.

General Waste

These verses were, in fact, preceded by a similar light-hearted poem about the General which I wrote and published on this blog nearly a year ago.  If you wish to read this earlier effort of mine you will find it at . . . 

 ‘General Waste Comes To Town’


14 thoughts on “GENERAL WASTE … Take 2

  1. This made me smile and laugh! 🙂 😀
    I love the General Waste photo and especially your General Waste poem!
    I’m so glad it ended happily-ever-after! A family that collects trash together, stays together!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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      • By the way…my WP blog is on “private”, but if you ever want to get on it and read, let me know.
        If you click on my WP username it should take you to a page where you can request access.
        I mostly just post humorous stuff and my writing and my poetry. Like today I posted about Expiration Dates and one of my poems.
        If you don’t care to read what I write, I understand! 🙂
        HUGS!!! 🙂


      • I don’t understand quite how all this works. I ‘Follow’ you, but I don’t get emails each time you publish and I don’t use the ‘Reade’r as much as I perhaps should – mainly because it takes me such a long time to deal with all the direct connections I do get via email. I will look into this further.

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      • I got the e-mail asking for you to have access to my site and I granted it. You should be able to get on my blog site now and “follow” and read and comment! Welcome, Roland! 🙂
        Carolyn 🙂


  2. Wonderful verse and humour Roland and I remember the original well. Thank you for the smile to take into the weekend. Have a good one.

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