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  1. L Tafari

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    Levi Tafari can be viewed performing this poem on the JECH web site at: with children from Windsor Street School in Liverpool, UK. The Editors would like to thank Windsor Street School and National Museums Liverpool ( for their help with the filming of this performance.

    It won’t damage the EARTH,
 or pollute the sea
 it won’t psych your mind
 neither poison your body
 these words have power
 when used properly.
 This poem is OZONE FRIENDLY. Words can be creative
 words can sound great
 we can use words to instruct
 and to communicate,
 these words are not destructive
 violating a tree.
 This poem is OZONE FRIENDLY. My words take shape
 they are organised
 they won’t burn the EARTH’S skin
 like pesticides
 they’re not manufactured using CFCs.
 This poem is OZONE FRIENDLY. Digest these words
 feel positive
 don’t panic, get stressed
 they’re free from additives,
 you won’t regurgitate them
 like smoke from a factory.
 This poem is OZONE FRIENDLY. These words are SAFE
 I can testify
 they won’t destroy the OZONE LAYER
 beyond the sky,
 you can analyse this poem
 in a laboratory.
 You’ll find
 This poem is OZONE FRIENDLY. Recycle, regenerate
 don’t waste energy
 conservation of the EARTH
 is just a part of they key
 and I’ll keep on using these words
 well naturally.
 You see
 This poem is OZONE FRIENDLY.


    This poem was originally published in Tafari L. Rhyme Don’t Pay. Wirral, UK: Headland Publications, 1993 (available from Headland Publications at 38 York Avenue, West Kirby, Wirral CH48 3JF), and is reproduced in the JECH with the author’s permission.

    Supplementary materials

    • Tafari Poem Collection

      This poem is one of a collection of eight poems by Levi Tafari on environmental health.
      A recording (video and audio) of this and three other poems from the collection are available.

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