Garbage Man

Collector of all that is thrown away,
all that is considered to be vile.
With its dreaded scent of fetid decay,
a dire urge overwhelms to dump rank bile.

Yet hero to swooping, cawing seagull,
worm, maggot, grub and microscopic mite.
A replenisher of soil infertile
and multitudinous flora most bright.

Disdained and pitied by fellow human
who view me as necessary evil,
yet exalted by all matter Darwin,
as midwife to husbandry most fruitful.

Am I swine before pearl, pearl before swine,
am I of the damnable or divine?