Just Like the Much Needed Honeybee,
They, Too, Are Now Sadly Vanishing
"Fools", said I, "You do not know;
Silence, like a cancer, grows.
Hear my words, that I might teach you;
Take my arms, that I might reach you."
But my words,
like silent raindrops fell;
And they echoed,
In the wells of silence.
Simon and Garfunkel,
The Sound of Silence
As I now wander this very sad old world
My heart grows sadder, each and every day
Even the truly wondrous sounds of my youth
Are now so rapidly and tragically, fading away
Just last night, I re-visited a very familiar old pond
Once upon a time it contained a most glorious chorus
Each and every night, they would sing to the heavens
Their joyous voices resonating loudly through the forest
I listened and listened and now, the silence was deafening
I closed my eyes, and began remembering, as I sat on a log
And my mind, it now began traveling back, some fifty years
When this pond reverberated with life-affirming songs of frog
2008 has been designated ‘The Year of the Frog’ by conservationists
Who sadly know that these creatures hold the key to Earth’s salvation
They are the ‘canaries in the coal mine’ concerning fresh water sources
And our future does not bode well, if all their songs, soon come to an end
Frogs and many other fresh water amphibians have been on Earth 200 million years
But their songs are heard less frequently, because of deadly pollution and pesticides
As more and more of our fresh water sources become stagnated, polluted, and silent
Many of us now sadly believe that the world we once knew, may one day very soon, die
From Africa to the Americas, frogs and other amphibians are now vanishing from this planet at a truly alarming rate. Not since the dinosaurs has the world seen such a rapid extinction.
In the past few decades, as many as 130 species of frogs and other amphibians have been wiped off the face of the Earth. And right now, at least one-half of the world's remaining amphibian species are in dire straits.
Climate change, deadly pollution, and a very silent new killer — chytrid fungus — are the main suspects in this mass disappearance. And this fungus is currently unstoppable and untreatable in the wild.
The World Conservation Union calls it the worst infectious disease ever recorded among Earth’s vertebrates.
As I now wander this very sad old world,
My heart grows sadder, each and every day;
Even the truly wondrous sounds of my youth,
Are now so rapidly and tragically, fading away.
And I truly fear that the people, will continue to bow and pray,
To this now artificial, noxious, deadly world, that we have made.
©2008, Mr. Ed