Lent is with us now, but something else distracts and occupies Our hearts and minds, another land, where trauma bites, a small child cries An aerial bombardment, and sharp explosions fill the night A people underground, too scared to brave the grey of morning light While supermarket shelves see vital foodstuffs dwindle, fade away And desperate people seek enough to make it through another day A place of churches, homes and farms and factories, I little knew Its history till now, a place the world’s concern is pointed to A land of plains and golden spires and crosses carries now the scar Of brutal conflict, while a world looks on in horror from afar, But now the Lenten season makes me stop and wait and slow and pause And think, is any simmering conflict down to me, am I the cause? It urges me to strip back, change tack, take my cross, the desert way Examine what is flawed or wrong in what I think and do and say And take a cue from those whose faith sustains them in their hour of need And let it be for me a flame of hope, of courage fresh, a seed.
Of all of the things that are crackers and barmy That drive me beserk and that mess with my head A biggie’s that we could feed a sizeable army With the food we could eat – that we throw out instead.
The more that you learn, the worse that it sounds It makes me quite sad, I hope you can tell Each year every family wastes seven hundred pounds That’s a second hand car! – and some choccy bars as well.
Four point five million tons, ten billion edible meals Allow me to show this in terms of a zoo It’s like three million rhinos, a shedload of seals Half a million African elephants too.
And you know what? The big thing that most makes me angry Scrap that, hopping mad! – close to irate Is that nearly a billion folk worldwide go hungry Even in Blighty it’s one out of eight.
So now that we know this, why not make a plan To waste far less nosh – and here’s a few tips: Make a list and buy only what’s needed – you can! Then turn all that leftover veg into dips.
‘Use by’ means just that, ‘best before’ is a guide Don’t forget there’s a whole lot of stuff you can freeze Get creative, and you’ll find you’re turning the tide On the scandal of food waste, try, it’s a breeze.
Wouldn’t it be fab if the amount we chucked out Got gradually whittled down to one big fat zero Then we’d have something to shout loud about And you could say, “Know what? I’m a real food hero.”