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Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot
by larry r linville

Sunday, May 09, 2010
Rated "G" by the Author.
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As I sat in a parking lot at a mall, I tried to picture what it was before "progress" came its way.


I’m in a shopping center
with no tree for many miles.
People driving by my car
wearing faces without smiles.
There are no gentle breezes
and the sun is very hot.
I hear some sirens wailing
but I don’t know who they caught.
This was once a green pasture
with trees to give cool shade.
There was so much peacefulness
where little baby horses played.
There was no honking of loud horns
shrill noises were never heard.
Instead there came a gentle “moo”
and the chirping of a bird.
This doesn’t feel like progress
as it is advertised to be.
It feels more like I’m in a jail
just longing to be set free.
Let me start my car and go
to the country miles away
where I can find the setting
for a perfect place to pray.
When I’m there fill my mem’ry
with things which my life bless.
Then may I stand in joy
and proclaim my happiness.
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Reviewed by Elisabeth Barstowe 5/10/2010
Well written! It sure doesn't feel like progress, it feels like a huge leap though, a leap into spirit/mind numbness.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/10/2010
Only if they have pretty Parking-Maids there (LOL)
The earth just a gargantuan parking lot? man, that's a nightmare!


Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/10/2010
Iím in a shopping center
with no tree for many miles.

Although many call this 'progress,' our never ending urban sprawl is horrendously impacting most of our nonhuman neighbors, today. It's truly sad what we are doing to our planet, and to its many wondrous god-given inhabitants. And I wonder what future generations will think of all our 'progress.'
Reviewed by Paul Judges 5/10/2010
Fine sentiments,well expressed, Larry

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