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  The Elixir of Life
by Mr. Ed
Thursday, April 17, 2008
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-In Anticipation of Earth Day 2008-

 

“Until taught by pain,

Men really know not what good water is worth.”

 

Byron

 

I sadly and powerfully learned the value of fresh water

During my animal rescue efforts down in New Orleans

Most of the ‘left behind’ pets were severely de-hydrated

They couldn’t find a source of drinking water that was clean

 

Devastating Hurricane Katrina had wreaked total chaos and havoc there

Mixing salt, chemicals, oil, and deadly toxins directly into their water supply

And as I watched these animals that were near death, gobbling up fresh water

For all of them, and for the entire planet we call home, I eventually began to cry

 

Today, I am sadly convinced more than ever before

That we must quickly work to save this precious gift of water

Or we will be leaving a tragically parched and de-hydrated world

To earth’s numerous animals - and to our own sons and daughters

 

 

Earth’s fresh water supply is truly a gift that we must all cherish, value, and respect; for without it, we will be no more. And we must all begin to comprehend the tremendous power that this elixir of life has over every living being on this planet – before it’s much too late.

 

Today, we are depleting earth’s water resources at an astounding rate; and fresh water, despite what many choose to believe, is definitely a finite resource.

 

Today, in the United States alone, we are losing over 80,000 acres of precious wetland, each and every year, to industrial and residential development.

 

Today, all across the globe, over half of Earth’s precious wetlands – are already gone.

 

And these god-given wetlands not only hold and cleanse our water, they help control floods and erosion, give us places to enjoy the outdoors, and provide needed habitat for many thousands of Earth’s remaining plant, fish, and wildlife species.


If we value the lives of future generations of both human beings and animals, we need to start electing leaders who actually care about our environment, and who will actually restore protections that are crucial to maintaining both our clean water, and our vital wetlands.  And we need to do it very soon.



Scientific studies indicate that by 2025, a mere 17 years from now - two thirds of the world’s population will be attempting to survive in a severely water-stressed world.

 

 

“We never know the worth of water,

Until the well runs dry.”

 

Thomas Fuller

 

 

 

©2008, Mr. Ed
 


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Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 4/20/2008
An excellent write my friend, one that rings with much truth! If we just take a look around it is a bit scary to see what is happening. Also very scary to think that in seventeen years we could be facing water shortages, during the drought in Ky last year this thought kept occuring to me as we struggled to save water and recycle water for plants, crops and livestock. We only have one earth, a limited amount of water and a short time to change our behavior patterns, seventeen years go very quickly! Well done my friend!
Blessings from Ky.
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 4/19/2008
This is so true. Sadly I fear that much of Earths wealth will be selfishly taken for granted till it is gone. We need to wake up and realize the Earth is ours to take care of more than to use.
God Bless,
Lew
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/17/2008
So right you are and it will take a world effort to turn this around.

Fee
Reviewed by E T Waldron 4/17/2008
Thank you for sharing this important info with a great poem that should bring tears to everyone of us who waste the precious water,we don't give a thought to. Hopefully we will now, having been shown by you the need to be more considerate....TL
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 4/17/2008
The photo makes me so sad thinking of one dying for thirst,, human or animal... Water is pure,,, but we pollute...
(I read your review on Fees poem,, you better not shut off your computer!) :)
Christine
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 4/17/2008
WATER WATER EVERYWHERE - NARY A DROP TO DRINK...

Watched a PBS Special last night - ILLICIT - REALLY scary stuff! Especially KNOCK-OFFS of pharmaceuticals that KILL people!
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 4/17/2008
I agree with you one hundred per cent. Where do we begin? What do we do? How will we ever get regulatory agencies to establish some measure of a plan? People are concerned and they want to help and make things better, but they feel the absence of opportunity.

As always, Ed, you've written a terrific nature poem about water, and backed it up with facts. I like your writing style.
Reviewed by Susan de Vegter 4/17/2008
This is as true as rain and as rare today as it will be moreso in the coming years. People waste water. Plain and Simple. I see it every day.

We need to THINK! We don't inherit this earth from ancestors. We borrow it from our grandchildren. What are we leaving them?

Blessings and love!
Susan
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/17/2008
a wonderful write!
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 4/17/2008
Ed, you've touched on a subject that we all need to give some serious thoughts to & we should each make an effort to keep watchful eyes on anyone who destroys our water resources. An excellent writing.
Reviewed by George Carroll 4/17/2008
Much work needs to be done but will those responsible get it done?
Reviewed by Charlie 4/17/2008
Oh, I love water... it's all I ever drink... heart swells with thanks for a God who was thoughtful enough to make our life-giving, essential liquid such a delicious substance... slurrrrp! Let's keep/make it clean for future generations. Food wars is one thing. But could you imagine a water war? I tremble at the thought... --Charlie
Reviewed by Jackie (Micke) Jinks 4/17/2008
In so many ways we disrupt the natural flow our water-ways! Some disruptions good, most for greed. That word, greed, surfaces in most of our calamitous deeds.

One thought: How often do we each carelessly, or forgetfully, let our faucets run? Something to think about...conserve.

Great picture and Greater message, Ed!

~~ Micke
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/17/2008
It is the well of care and knowing you express, that helps in many ways to bring awareness, before it is too late! Thank you Ed! Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/17/2008
When we, the world will say enough is enough and collectively stop the greedy madness that ultimately will destroy us.
A dead pauper and a dead billionaire aren't different, they both are dead and all the money in the world will not make a difference....

Georg
Reviewed by D Johnson 4/17/2008
Ed, extremely good write...we humans take way too many things for granted, that things like water, especailly clean water will always be there.

Peace,
Dan
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/17/2008
I know how Ruffie loves good cold water and he even seems to love ocean water though he apparently does not drink it, just sticks his nose in it...you make a good point here bro'...Peace, Ed & Rufuz
Reviewed by Jerry Engler 4/17/2008
Great point, Ed. I would encourage anyone who owns land to check with the Natural Resources and Conservation Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. They have programs and aid for restoration of wetlands, construction of ponds, and other practices that preserve water. That dog was thirsty...Jerry
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 4/17/2008
Beautiful, precious picture and an important message in this one, Ed! Very well penned/illustrated; bravo! Love the midi!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :)
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/17/2008
Life saving information here, Ed, very well presented. Gotta love that pic. :)

(((HUGS))) and love, karla.

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