I want to say a little more
about Portland green.
At the hotel,
instead of gutters,
there are heavy chains
hanging from the rooftops.
The rain
drips down them
into a drainage system
that allows the water
to not run off
down the street.20130621_121647

 

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Recycling bins—
which are everywhere—
not only collect
glass, aluminum,
paper, cardboard,
but also compost.
And trash is marked
“landfill”—
a constant reminder
where trash ends up
sitting for a long, long time.

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When I was at the airport
checking bags and getting my boarding passes,
I handed my travel papers to the ticket agent,
who, after handing me back boarding passes,
said, “I’ll recycle those papers for you.”
Heaven.