Poem: Crumpled Paper On The Floor

Updated on April 4, 2018

Why I wrote "Crumpled Paper On The Floor"

I was in a classroom when I wrote "Crumpled Paper On The Floor". There were no lessons going on so I decided to be productive on my own by starting to think on what to write with my ideas, inspired by the classroom environment.

Crumpled Paper On The Floor

Balls of crumpled paper all over the floor

Ideas they invented

Sawn and no more

Such a pity

The waste that they made

Has suddenly formed a bin of disgrace

Which is why the classroom has paper ice age

Like that of a cage

Whose brain

Encloses ideas of different taste

And scribbles that were done out of haste

The first ball of paper

Is the one to be blamed

Because it has caused others

To join in the parade

Poem Meaning

We all know that it's okay to make drafts before giving the final result. However, the drafts still form a "bin of disgrace" because I am being sarcastic. There isn't a bin but the rubbish left behind on the floor which is a disgrace.

Bin Of Disgrace
Bin Of Disgrace | Source

Why I say "ice age" is because I imagine the crumpled balls of papers mounting and tumbling down to scatter the floor.

Paper Ice Age
Paper Ice Age | Source

"Encloses ideas of different taste" sounds delicious but some are bitter and sweet. This is why the bitter ideas are the ones done "out of haste".

"The first ball is the one to be blamed" means that sometimes we are focused on getting things right which may lead us to negative consequences like "waste".

"To join in the parade" intends to disguise the matter of "waste" or the matter is taken lightly. Just imagine a crowd of people having fun at a parade. Another way of looking at it is that most of us tend to follow the crowd. In this case, the crowd is the heap of crumpled paper balls and the "first ball" is the initiator of all of this.

Bitter Ideas
Bitter Ideas | Source

Poem Tone

The poem is meant to have a don't care attitude tone. The throwers of the crumpled paper balls did not really pay attention to the number of papers that they have thrown. They take paper for granted.


Environmental Awareness

We should make the effort to recycle paper.

  1. Use the same paper to write down the subsequent drafts
  2. Throw paper into recycling bins specifically for paper.

We are not perfect

Everyone makes mistakes which is why "ideas they invented...no more"

Are you guilty of throwing paper ball(s) on the floor?

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I know that wasting paper is not good for the environment if we do not recycle but technology is invading earth and even paper-based exams are replaced by computer-based exams. If one day, schools only use technology for learning, this would save paper but I am going to miss the classic style of writing on paper. With paper, you do not need to worry about blue light affecting your eyesight and I don't know about you, but we would not be able to feel the tangibleness and lightness of paper. Even crushing paper has that lovely sound like fire crackling at a summer camp.

Would you pick up crumpled paper on the floor?

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© 2018 Li-Jen Hew


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    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      8 months ago

      Hahaha, thanks for your comment Verlie. :) Oh the pictures were posted later so if you didn't notice it the first time, you're right. I also write on paper, no worries. Thanks for coming back.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      8 months ago from Canada

      Hi Li-Jen, I know I read this poem months ago, after your Forum post about it, but I don't remember seeing the drawings, are they new? I love them, and the artsy way you put this page together, with the sweet poem, the analyses, and the message regarding waste paper. I obviously didn't read it very carefully the first time, my bad. I am guilty of wasting paper. But it makes a nice fire outside on a cool autumn day. (I'm sorry), but when I started writing paper was all we had, and that's how I still write.

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      12 months ago

      Thanks Hari! I try to use whatever pictures I have. Yep, ecological reasons have a part to play.

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      Hari Prasad S 

      13 months ago from Bangalore

      Li , The explaination is a great idea and the presentation made the hub extremely genuine and your intentions to make an impact is achieved. The poem is very important for ecological reasons as well.

      - hari

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      14 months ago

      Hahaha...I wrote this in 2012 I think. I don't remember what I was thinking at that time but I was in my classroom. Thanks for the feedback Jodah! :) You're too kind. :)

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      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Li-Jen, I love the creativity of this piece. Taking advantage of a break in class to write a poem like this based on what you observed. I also love your explanation of the basics of the poem. You are a talented writer. Great job.

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      14 months ago

      Hey Tom, thanks for your lovely comment. How creative and musical you are. I'm happy to hear that the poem made you smile and brought back memories. :)

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      Tom Cornett 

      14 months ago from Ohio

      I love your poem and the way you ended it with a parade. I've written songs from all the way back in my teen years and always on paper. I've had piles of crumpled papers by my desk and around the trash can. Writing songs on paper is the only way I've ever written songs. You poem gave me smiles this morning. Thank you. :)

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      14 months ago

      Haha, thanks for the kind words, Frank!

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      Frank Atanacio 

      14 months ago from Shelton

      There, I think I got everything you wrote.. this one was clever.. so throw that word at you.. Ms Clever... :)

    • Li-Jen Hew profile imageAUTHOR

      Li-Jen Hew 

      15 months ago

      Hey Mary! Thanks! :)

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      Mary Norton 

      15 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      When I saw the title of your poem, I was intrigued. A great idea.


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