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  Can You Hear The Silence?
by Mr. Ed
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Rated "G" by the Author.

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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


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Reviewed by Ahmad Abang 8/2/2008
A lovely work.The silence can be retraced and made true. However,it is commitment that is lacking all around us. I di agree that we have to contribute whereever and whenever possible.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 7/22/2008
And together with the frogs we shall die as we all live in the same world and affected by the same problems-Man-made problems: Greed for power and money.
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 7/21/2008
great hippty hop Ed, very educational piece
Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight 7/20/2008
HOw many animals must go before peopel relize what is happening to the Earth? The silence is growing. I can even tell in my small town that animals voices are fading. I always used to hear birds sing when I was younger and they are now becomeing more quite.
Reviewed by Michael Guy 7/20/2008
when I came to Florida the first time in 1976, I turned off I-95 at 11 pm or so onto a country road heading for Deland, the roar of insects, frogs and nightlife was deafening on a summer's night in August. Now, though the same State Wilderness preserve is still along that road, you hardly hear anything on a rainy night.
Here in the Ocala Forest, the insect life is still flourishing and the species are huge! Also had a rare FL butterfly hatch from his cocoon on my broom handle in the garage yesterday. He was beautiful. But only because I am surrounded by a natural forest. In my old home in Daytona Beach we had none of these insects and butterflies. But still, been on the lake and don't see much frogs or small fish life. I wonder if it's pH as much as anything here? When the insects go, the birds and fish go! That's what scares me....
Reviewed by E T Waldron 7/20/2008
Ed, the sad part of it all is no one really sees the scope of what is happening. The populace has turned a deaf ear to the warnings of our dying planet. Now we are told that hospitals are no longer safe. People refuse to believe what is true,anymore. The hospitals are overrun with infections, not only staff, but many others have come back because the antibiotics etc that stopped them no longer work.It is a huge serious problem,and no one accepts it,as if denial can stop it! We are in dangerous times and soon will see a decline in all forms of life that will make it impossible to hide from the truth any longer!God help us all!...ET
Reviewed by Sandie Angel 7/20/2008
Silence always make us think. Wonderful write, Ed! Thank you for sharing!

Sandie Angel :o)
Reviewed by Amber Moonstone 7/20/2008
yes, you are so right, Many of our creatures are becoming extinct and are vanishing..What in the world are we going to do? We have to go back to basics, to less is more, and more becomes less.
Peace, love, and light,
Amber "V"
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 7/19/2008
oh, the memories and magic of our pond--with frogs, newts, crayfish etc.what a sad write
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 7/19/2008
Heartbreaking when you think all we will have to pass on are pictures and stories. Thank you Ed for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Nik Zant 7/19/2008
Not a good time to be a frog. Little Eddie.....
Reviewed by Christine Alwin 7/19/2008
soooo true,, I know they found many deformed frogs because of this,, and many species of frogs are extinct because of global warming....sad!
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/19/2008
Simon and Garfunkel were sages who predicted (like Dylan) that the world was slowly spinning itself under a vastly money and greed based governments into another great singer sang in that era but it still applies today...
"...and you don't believe, we're on the eve of destruction."

Reviewed by stan nassano 7/19/2008
thank's Ed that's a musici missfrom my olf house,the tree frogs so loud for such a tiny little thing,
yep i know about the plight of the frogs so sad screwed up.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/19/2008
So the only speices left on this rock in space will be man & he will eventually kill himself off as well...Ed
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 7/19/2008
Such a powerful write my friend, you've brought tears to my eyes thinking of the amphibians vanishing before our eyes. It's hard to fathom that we will be teaching about many of the wonderful creatures that we grew up with as being extinct! So sad...a poweful title as well...leaves one with much to think about. I found myself thankful the other day when I was in the garden to see bees on the tassles of my corn and the blooms of the cantelopes...who would have ever thought about being so thankful to see bees...we have lived to see many things that I wouldn't have believed as a does seem as though time is running out...and an alarming speed!
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Mary Lacey, Desertrat 7/19/2008
This is so true an disheartening. What Man is doing to innocent animals is an absolute sin. And you've captured the essence of this problem so beautifully. The playing of Sound of Silence enhances it.
I've always loved that song.

Reviewed by Lois Christensen 7/19/2008
You paint a dreary sad picture. Darkness is coming and frogs becoming extinct too and the other creatures in danger too. What is the world coming to with this man made destruction?
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 7/19/2008
And the silence is deafening - you hardly hear any frogs, crickets, birds anymore - sad.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 7/19/2008
YES, ED - the silence can be deafening ... another of MONSANTO 's 'gifts' to the world!

Reviewed by Linda Hill 7/19/2008
I voice Karen's comment, What are we doing? The world is ours and we are turning it into a artificial, noxious, deadly world. How sad, my friend.

Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 7/19/2008
What are we doing?? God help us!!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :( >tears! <

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