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  Our Troubled Waters
by Mr. Ed
Saturday, April 22, 2006
Rated "G" by the Author.

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- A Followup to Earth Day Blues -


 


 


Covering more than two thirds of our home planet’s surface


Its oceans were once thought to be a truly inexhaustible resource


Many of us believing that earth’s seas were too vast to be damaged


But very tragically and sadly we’ve now been proven wrong of course


 


From icy frigid northern hemispheric seas


To warm tropical southern hemispheric isles


Two thirds of our world’s fisheries have been exploited


Which should make us all take notice and ponder awhile


 


We have removed far too large a number of food fish


And destroyed too many types of marine habitat and life


And very sadly today toxic chemicals overfishing and misuse


Are now placing all of our oceans in far too much peril and strife


 


Billions of fish around the world are now wasted as unwanted


Called ‘bycatch’ these fish are tossed overboard already dead or dying


And many innocent marine species such as sea turtles mammals and sea birds


Are killed in massive mile long fishing nets which should make us all begin crying


 


Ever increasing mercury levels in our oceans’ remaining edible fish


Caused mainly by discharges from coal-fueled paper and power plants


Are now causing ever increasing extremely serious health consequences


For pregnant women unborn children and aquatic animals in many lands


 


Our oceans’ coastlines are also being carved up clear around the globe


To make room for more subdivisions luxury hotels roads and fish farms


Allowing our once revered waterways to become toxic dumping grounds


And allowing ever increasing oceanic ‘Dead Zones’ to expand and harm


 


And the fairly recent explosion of ‘on land fish farming’


To compensate for our growing appetite for ‘fresher seafood’


Is now polluting our coastal rivers and estuaries extremely fast


Which should again make us take notice and sadden our mood


 


And ever increasing toxic runoff in coastal rivers and bays


From crop farm pesticides factory discharges and city streets


Is creating more and more of these devastating ‘Dead Zones’


Leaving earth’s aquatic creatures with far less room to retreat


 


Tons of fertilizers pesticides and other toxic chemicals and silt


Are now poisoning and smothering far too many marine creatures


In many places around the globe the ocean floor is now completely bare


Because bottom trawling has clear felled its once splendid coral features


 


We are now sadly almost reaching a very tragic point of no return


In which our vast consumption and misuse could pluck our oceans bare


And I truly believe it’s now time for every earth resident to finally decide


If our planet’s once rich oceans are still important to us - or do we even care?


 


 


“When times get rough,
And friends just can't be found,
Will we build a bridge across earth’s troubled waters,
Or will we just callously let them drown?”


 


 


ţ2006, Ed Kostro


 

 


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Reviewed by Birgit and Roger Pratcher 4/25/2006
A very powerful and masterly penned write/message.
Birgit and Roger
Reviewed by Andre Bendavi ben-YEHU 4/23/2006

Wise-warning in this packaged informataive poetic grand delivering the pictures of our actions, which made "Our Troubled Waters".

We don't have time to negotiate anything. We must take action NOW and demand JUSTICE for our MOTHER-EARTH.


Andre Emmanuel Bendavi ben-YEHU
Reviewed by J. Allen Wilson 4/22/2006
Ed, this is a shocking and compelling reason that we should all get on board to save our planet before its too late…if it is not already. Speaking of shock, when I was in the Navy way back a long time ago…I was shocked to see what just my ship alone dumped into the sea every day…good for you on an outstanding write on the virtues of why we should be good stewards.
Allen
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 4/22/2006
This is totally shocking, Ed... we have enough trouble, it seems, in taking serious stock of what is happening on land - let alone the two-thirds, which you point out - which is ocean of which most of us know absolutely nothing. And yet, what a horrendously serious thing it is when our two-thirds environment is ransacked and poisoned in this way - right under our noses - and we remain totally ignorant. But, thanks to those like you who DO know and DO care, awareness levels might be raised and proactivity for change galvanised. You are an unsung Prophet, Dad... we NEED to heed your voice. Bless you and thank you. Kate xx
Reviewed by Crystal Silver Angel (Reader) 4/22/2006
Oh my gosh, I feel like just laying in a state of depression..I don't know what to say except, grief, I feel it big...
Reviewed by George Jackson 4/22/2006
Yeah, our whole world struggles now. Another reminder of the troubles mankind has brought upon it.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/22/2006
The ocean is such a part of me that when I think of what humanity has done to it I cry. This is a much needed appeal to all of us, even those who don't seem to care for anything but themselves, they should realize if the oceans go they won't have themselves to care for very long.Our future looks bleak with all the disregard for the way we treat our planet, but I think there is hope if enough people make their voices heard. Politicians do listen to the people if there are enough of them.Thanks again Ed for your contributions to making this a better planet



Tiger Lily
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 4/22/2006
Serious plea here...thanks for sharing Eddie!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/22/2006
Few care and those that do are TOO low on the totem pole to do much good...but we can all try by not allowing our beaches on rivers, lakes and oceans to have trash that can be washed back into the water to clog waterways and kill fish and birds and such...(now you got me on a rant) Ed
Reviewed by Peter Paton 4/22/2006
Ed
You demonstrate the rapidly expanding " Killing Zones " which are contingent upon the greed and avarice of Big Business, Vested Interests and Government Folly, which is insidiously polluting and contaminating our seas and waterways !
That informative graphic cleary shows the menace of pollution and spillage to our endangered marine life and coral reef, the irreparable damage is now as plain as a pikestaff !
Peter
Reviewed by Alexandra* OneLight*® Authors & Creations 4/22/2006
Dear Ed, you are once more offering a serious alert of how much we all continue to treat the Earth and its oceanic component as if this weren't really the only place we all have got to live in. This is all we have and we certainly are acting in ways that are leading all of us to actually have nothing at all at an alarming rate. As you say, though... "do we even care"... or do we even realize?
With affection and admiration for your continuous appeals to our collective conscience by making each individual think, and blessings of Love&Light*
Alexandra*
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/22/2006
Ed,

What man has done to our natural resources is heinous. A powerful, powerful write warning us that if we continue, it will be us who will be the cause of our own extinction. Well done, my friend.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.

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