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  Warning Signs
by Mr. Ed
Friday, June 03, 2011
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-The Horrid Flip Side To My Recent Poem: ‘Night and Day’-

 

I’ve Been Wandering America’s Waterways,

Thinking About ‘The Clean Water Act’ Debate;

Very Horrifically, Like Most Environmental Issues,

Most Of Our ‘Leaders’ Still Say: “Hell, We Can Wait.”

 

“When we start making more money,

Maybe then we can focus on cleaner waterways.”

 

A Pro-Business, Anti-Environment Congressman

 

 

"Only when the last river has been poisoned,

Will mankind finally come to realize,

That we cannot eat or drink money.”

 

A Native American Proverb

 

 

If anyone still believes that we are not killing our planet

Just take a ride out to some ponds, and rivers, and lakes

As I re-visit bodies of water that I loved as a young child

I can see with my own eyes, the devastation that we make

 

Forty years ago I could travel out to any lake, stream, or pond

And, without any fear, I could drink, or swim, or fish, in them

Today, as I very sadly search for remaining clean water havens

I see a ghastly array of all sorts of ‘Warning Signs’ without end

 

We as a nation have allowed Big Business to pollute our waters

And, most of our ‘leaders’ today, are still on their side, not ours

As our waters become more toxic, and our food chain is poisoned

Most of our politicians, still refuse to challenge Big Business power

 

And today, so many elected officials and Big Business industrial concerns

Continue to view our waterways as an inexpensive way to dispose of waste

They want to annul every local and national water purity rule and regulation

Protecting our water for future generations to come, they insist that we delay

 

 

The U.S. Geological Survey recently completed an analysis of America’s waterways

Concluding 72 percent of our waters already contain chemical or biological pollution

Yet the majority of our elected officials today do not even feel a need to address this

“When we start making more money, than perhaps, we’ll start working on a solution.”

 

U.S. Geological Survey scientists now find mercury in every single fish they test

Over one quarter of these fish have mercury levels, exceeding safety limitations

Other studies recently found that fish, in waters all across this vast nation of ours

Are tainted with household chemicals, industrial waste, and discarded medications

 

The Environmental Protection Agency has also very recently concluded that

Over one third of Americans, rely on drinking water, from our small streams

These receive the most pollution from industrial waste, pesticides, and sewage

But hell, over one third of our citizens, will have to wait for tomorrow, it seems

 

I now very sadly wonder, just how much money we need to make;

And I truly wonder what future generations will think of our mistake.

 

I also now find it harder and harder to find clean waters to fish and swim in;

If you have children or pets, use extreme caution, before letting them ‘jump in.’

 

 

©Spring Wandering 2011, Mr. Ed

 

 
   


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Reviewed by Patrick Granfors 6/11/2011
There's a reason we are genetically similar to swine. We both like to live in wallows. Patrick
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 6/7/2011
I know what you mean-very sad
Reviewed by Michael Guy 6/5/2011
This one deserves a "bookmark" - my bass fishing neigh-boor, (read: 'Good 'ol boy') eats all the bass he catches including the big ones (several years old) - I release mine, and warned him not to eat the big ones! But he only listens to his own kind and thinks I'm "too smart" until he heard that the fish he catches he called 'specks' are the same as crappies. I told him that but he didn't believe me. Then he heard from one of his "good ol'boy" friends. Now he believes it. What can you do with people like this in local politics. And they want to run the country through the "Tea Party" It's funeral days even for us that practice ecology. BUT, it's not the fishermen ruining the fish and waters. It's ALL of us, especially IF u are living in a lavish house, like the "Hollywood PETA activists" and drive SUV's and trucks. Mercury poison's raining down on us for years past and years to come... Bye fishies, and bye bye to the humans that eat them. And drinking water is the next domino...
best anyway, Mike
Reviewed by Joy Hale 6/4/2011
It is sad to think that our granchildren and great grandchildren may never be able to enjoy the wonderful thrill of sailing through the air, to jump into the lake from the old rubber tire as we did as children. No matter how hard the environmentalists who try to advocate clean water work, more problems in another area crop up. At the bottom of the dirty lake? ... greed by those who value profit more tham clean waters. A crying shame!!! Joy L. Hale
Reviewed by Felix Perry 6/4/2011
It is truly sad and frightening to think what each sucessive generation seems to be losing....
fee
Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 6/4/2011
Frighteningly true, Ed! I've been thinking these things for a very long time.....my dear old Dad said to me at thirty years ago that one day we'd be buying bottled water....I laughed....I'm not laughing now....He was as one with nature as a person could be....a lot like you Mr. Ed!

Anna
Reviewed by CJ Heck 6/4/2011
BRAVO, Ed, no truer words were ever spoken.
Hugs to you,
CJ
Reviewed by John Flanagan 6/3/2011
I'm lucky to live in one of the few cities
in Asia where it's safe to drink water
directly from the tap. I hear you clear, Ed,
in this essential work, hear you; water is
highest priority, clean water vital to survival.

John
Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 6/3/2011
Acclamation duly stated...
~Mr. Ed~
strive to become one with nature!

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Christine Tsen 6/3/2011
Yes, this is right on Ed, and your brilliant and inquisitive voice takes us to a serious and important place with this. We need to support clean water in every way possible.
Blessings,
Christine
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 6/3/2011
Oh my...very sad indeed...Hugsss
Reviewed by La Belle Rouge Poetess Of The Heart 6/3/2011
So sad and shocking. We don't have to go far at all to know this is true.
Reviewed by Richard King 6/3/2011
We could start by making the public more aware of the problems. We need to create the urgency to recycle and enact stiffer requirements to do so. We need guidelines for proper handling and disposal of hazardous materials and chemical wastes. Sadly however, even when we separate our recycle material, the waste material truck comes around and just dumps it all into the same compartment. What kind of a signal does that send? We need stiffer penalties and stronger enforcement. Hit them where it hurts.

Well done Ed, more awareness certainly can’t hurt. Thanks Dick
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 6/3/2011
Before man learns of his part in the killing off of our water, he will have to go thirsty...e
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 6/3/2011
Horrific! God help us ALL! When will we ever learn? (Probably never.)
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 6/3/2011
Truly despicable, the environmental bullies get the run of the henhouse up on the hill, lack of will and foresight, but mainly greed tells the story, to bad our grandchildren won't be able to correct the damage done, it'll be too late. Bless you for bringing this to the attention of the public. Jasmin Horst
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 6/3/2011
I can't help but believe there will be no clean waters for our grandchildren Ed. Your words speak loud and clear.

Newfie Hugs, Rose

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