A monster was sighted in Sidmouth Sixty-four metres wide Longer than a commercial plane Too big for the sewer to hide In the depths of the drainage system Its bulk caused a blockage that backed up the pipes Yet the monster continued to grow in size Because people kept flushing their wipes And pouring oil down the drain and all manner of things That helped the behemoth grow in size and strength Until it was twice as long as a tennis court A truly remarkable length It took eight weeks to slay the monster Using pickaxes, hammers and jets The body of the beast was converted to fuel Its bulk now a power source instead of a threat But whilst there was a greener ending It’s best not to invite these monsters in If it’s not biodegradable toilet paper Then please put it in the bin.
A strange topic for a poem but this is proof that inspiration can be found anywhere.
I reached the ripe old age of thirty-seven without knowing what a fatberg was, until my parents enlightened me.
A quick search revealed a fatberg sixty-four metres long was found in a Sidmouth sewer a few years ago and one even bigger than that was found in a Whitechapel sewer. Part of this one was put in a museum (for a short time) to educate people about the effects of flushing even flushable wipes and other things like sanitary products down the toilet.
I do admit to being guilty of washing fat down the sink with hot water, but after seeing these monstrosities I will definitely be exploring other options, I don’t want to invite a monster into my drains.