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  The Good Old Days Are Gone
by Mr. Ed
Monday, March 19, 2007
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“It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government


To save the environment.”


 


Ansel Adams


 


 


 


Although I truly love Spring


Its arrival has not boded very well


First another historic barn was bulldozed


And very recently I experienced another hell


 


A young ten-year old student of my spouse


Had asked me if I could take him fishing nearby


Since I love introducing kids to the great outdoors


His request soon brought a joyous gleam to my eye


 


Soon I had loaded all of my fishing gear


And our picnic lunch into my trusty old truck


And he and I were off at the very crack of dawn


It was a marvelous morning for some fishing luck


 


As we happily drove down the old country lane


I told him all about my ultra secret fishing spot


My granddad had first proudly shown it to me


When I was an extremely eager six-year old tot


 


Soon we arrived at my childhood haunt


And there wasn’t another soul to be seen


That’s when this boy’s dreams were shattered


As he read a signpost that we both found obscene


 


‘Do not remove or eat fish from this water,


These fish are contaminated with toxic PCBs’


There suddenly went our grand outdoor adventure


There suddenly went all his joyous new fishing glee


 


This horrified boy now seemed extremely reluctant


To even linger very long on these now polluted shores


And I now sadly remembered when I was just about his age


Spending the entire day here was something I truly did adore


 


He had very quickly lost all of his interest in fishing


He said he wanted to go home to play his video games


I guess I can’t blame this disappointed modern youngster


What we’ve done to his generation to me is a damned shame


 


I’m also guessing that this disappointed kid


Will never ask me to take him fishing again


And I sadly believe that his interest in nature


Has probably already come to a very tragic end


 


And as I now sit here picturing him as a grown parent


When his own kids ask him about the ‘once great outdoors’


I can also hear his very loud and very concerned response to them,


“You kids just stay inside today –  far from those polluted toxic shores.”


 


 


I really miss those wondrous good old days


But I think we all foolishly let them fade away


 


And I was extremely saddened that this modern day youngster


Will probably never experience a truly glorious nature - filled day


 


 


©2007, Mr. Ed


 

 


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Reviewed by Pier Tyler 4/14/2007
I remember my Dad taking me and my brother fishing with a cane pole and real worms we had to dig ourselves. Boy o' boy was those fish fresh and good from the frying pan. No pollutions, no limit on the catch, no throwing them back. Thanks for sharing this ever present story with us.
Reviewed by Helen Downey 3/22/2007
Yes I miss those wonderous good old days when you could go fishing just about any where and catch much more than fish. I caught a wrist watch and an old shoe. Well I had to throw them back not very etible.
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 3/21/2007
I feel pity for that young boy whose desire for nature has been poisoned and killed with the arrows of human greed. Thanks dear Friend Ed. for this marvelous poem. We are doing far worse to our youngesters down here in Somalia.
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 3/20/2007
This is a very emotional write for me for I too love nature, fishing, scouting, hiking, camping, the whole nine yards...it is sad that the generation of today cannot experience the wonderous adventures that we had swimming in the river, fishing, and then eating the catch! I shudder to imagine what our generations of tomorrow will have to look forward to! Powerful write my friend!
Blessings,
Joyce Bowling
Reviewed by A PAX 3/20/2007
My goodness, thats terrible..........
but the way you deliver bad news with your earthy poetry style, makes the blow easier to take
That poor kid tho
so what do you do for an encore???
pax A
Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson 3/20/2007
Another great story ! Couldn't you have taken him some where else? What a shame the waters were contaminated! Thats sadly the way many of our lakes and streams are today. There is not much done about it..Thanks for sharing !.....M
Reviewed by Kate Burnside 3/20/2007
Wot??? Up in your pristine Northern Territories, Ed??? Seems unbelievable and yet also a sad commentary on just how bad things have got. And I listened also to a short news item on the radio this evening which talks about the depletion of water in our world's rivers, too. We use far too much of the stuff as human beings... not just in the drought-ridden areas, but especially too, in our squeaky-clean communities. The rivers just can't produce enough and the authorities are recommending that water become an issue for National Security.... can you believe that?? And, here we are, polluting the little we've got... Truly we are so ignorant of the facts. Never stop telling us!



And yes, I would relish being a Dr Watson... just as long as I didn't have to sniff too many private parts in the course of my duties...!! LOL K9K8 xoxoxox
Reviewed by Butch Howard 3/20/2007
This is the worst kind of obscenity -environmental obscenity! We have rivers near Savannah with the same warnings. Government regulations say you can only eat so many shrimp or fish out of certain rivers because of the pollution. My reaction is: why eat any of it at all -it's full of poison? We have destroyed our environment. There is not one body of water in the United States, not one river, lake, pond or ocean that is not contaminated with mercury. We have cut our own throats while chasing the all mighty dollar. Keep sounding the alarm Ed!
~Butch
Reviewed by William Bonilla 3/20/2007
Outstanding write ED
Government and big business , the fast buck
are all responsible, and not enough people care
"Soyant Green"...... in the future Cadavers will suppliment
out diets.
peace

William
Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader) 3/20/2007
Nothing is the same anymore Ed. Your story is very sad and so is the condition of our world. holly
Reviewed by Sharon Lawson 3/20/2007
This is so sad and I know exactly what you're getting at. The way society prohibits us from this, that and the other, no wonder kids today feel discouraged and spend their time in front of screens. "No Ball Games", "Keep Off The Grass", "No Fishing". Kids are encouraged to play outside - and do what? I'm glad I lived on a farm when I was a kid!
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 3/19/2007
How sad a situation this is. Sad for the children and animals alike. If something is not done and soon, it will be a very sad legacy for future generations of humankind and animals.
Be safe,
Karen
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 3/19/2007
ED ---

TERRIFIC WRITE! Although your story is sad but true, there's an even sadder one ---
535 GREEDY CONGRESS-PERSONS JUST SIMPLY DO NOT CARE!

The CORRUPTION & COLLUSION with CORPORATIONS STARTS AT THE TOP -- then doesn't 'dribble-down' -- it CASCADES DOWN like a waterfall to all the lower levels of government.

Laws are on the books, but NOT ENFORCED! Superficial FINES are occasionally levied, like a 'slap on the wrist.' The "WAR ON DRUGS" IS A SICK JOKE! The "WAR AGAINST CRIME" IS A SICK JOKE! The "WAR IN IRAQ" IS A SICKER JOKE! PORNOGRAPHY RUNS RAMPANT! THE OIL & UTILITY INDUSTRIES ARE RAPING ALL AMERICANS! DRUG MANUFACTURERS & THE CROOKED FDA ARE PUSHING POISONS ONTO/INTO HUMANS!

SOCIAL SECURITY IS UNDER ATTACK! SENIOR CITIZENS ARE FORCED TO CHOOSE BETWEEN EATING & PAYING FOR THEIR EXORBITANT MEDICATION COSTS! ABSOLUTELY NO ONE IS DOING ANYTHING TO PROMOTE & PRODUCE ALTERNATE ENERGY SOURCES! NATIONAL HEALTHCARE IS ANOTHER SICK JOKE! GLOBAL WARMING! and on...and on...and on!

PRAYTELL --- what could possibly be WORSE than all of the above? THE OVERALL APATHY OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE! A MERE 'HANDFUL' SPEAKS OUT, AND OCCASIONALLY A-C-T !

Bear in mind that I have never been a fanatical, radical bible-pounding RELIGION pusher --
BUT, many years ago, when WE THE PEOPLE stuck our heads up our RECTUMS, and allowed only NINE ( 9 ) SUPREME COURT JUSTICES TO KILL GOD for GENERATIONS OF MILLIONS TO COME --- OUR COLLECTIVE SILENCE PUT THE 'SEAL' ON THAT HEINOUS ACT !!!

WE ARE NOW REAPING WHAT WE SOWED! WAKE UP AMERICA - SMELL THE STENCH! POLLUTED FISHING HOLES DON'T EVEN RATE TO BE THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG! THE "TITANIC" IS SINKING AGAIN --- AND WE ARE TOO DAMNED BUSY 'ROSINING UP OUR BOWS' SO WE CAN F-I-D-D-L-E SOMEMORE!

Sorry ED - sometimes I just get 'pissed off' because the PEOPLE ALLOW CONGRESS TO CONTINUALLY SCREW US! That just seems sadder to me than anything else anyone can conjure up. WISH THERE WAS A LAW FOR HANGING CROOKED LAWYERS!

PEACE -- Tom.

Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/19/2007
Bring him out to the ocean, we have plenty of fish that are not, so far, totally polluted, or so we hope...I know how you and he feel though as places to fish are getting less and less...ed
Reviewed by E T Waldron 3/19/2007
It's enough to make us cry out in rage, but as you say it seems too late for that. We can only pray that it can be reversed, so one day nature will be as you remembered it Ed.

Love,
Tiger Lily
Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 3/19/2007
Those days will never show face again my friend......to much greed and hatred going on!!

Love Tinky
Reviewed by J M 3/19/2007
Global and greenhouse has almost destroyed any chance of healing for mother earth. Yes its a crime and shame we have to fight the government more so they are covering up most of the problems due to MONEY! Control etc.

Thank you for this one ED!!!!

Peace Save the Earth and all within her.

Josie
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 3/19/2007
Bloody sad.
Though I must say, English govt is doing well, fighting eachother, to fight for the greenest environment. We can even get a fine for not recycling, and heavely taxed for driving a 4x4....
Get in and fight, fight, fight....
Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 3/19/2007
It is sad. I remember wearing a "Save The Earth" button in the 60s. Here we are in 2007 and now you can't let your kids outside to play in the sun, because of cancer. You can't fish because the oceans are contaminated, the icecaps are melting, the seas are rising, we have storms and hurricanes and weather that is unreal, species dying out, crops so modified they can't reproduce. More phony ailments created so the big drug companies can sell more drugs that have horrendous side effects and create birth effects unheard of a century ago. This is the world we are leaving our children. It is getting so the only thing about nature to remember will be what we see on old films.

Thoughtful work, Ed. It should be shouted from the rooftops.

Elizabeth
Reviewed by m j hollingshead 3/19/2007
well said
Reviewed by D Johnson 3/19/2007
Ed, what a great write...and so very sad, but true.

Thanks
Dan
Reviewed by Kimberly Gibbons 3/19/2007
Mr. Ed,

I was just remembering the old days this morning when I woke up. I was thinking about how different everything is now. HOw different everything is for my children.

Your poem really hit home.

Thank you for sharing,

Kim Gibbons
Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper 3/19/2007
touching Ed, great poetic story, don't give up the ship just yet, there are still some wonderful places to go fishing, you might have to drive a little further. Give the kid another chance and tell him one day you will drive him out where there are cleaner waters
Reviewed by richard cederberg 3/19/2007
One of your best nature writes Ed. The next ten years, I believe we - as humanity - are going to reap a harvest, for the travesty's we have committed against nature, that will curdle the blood of most. I salute you!

Light and Wisdom ...
Reviewed by Dale Clark 3/19/2007
Ed. you've hit it on the head. We've polluted our waterways and
our ponds and lakes, a travesty. I read that even some of the
fish in mountain springs and rivers may not be safe. Unbelievable!
It is so very sad for the children, what they may face.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 3/19/2007
I agree, Ed. Our nation's children are so disconnected with the earth and nature that it is little wonder we are such a mess-thank you for theis write and for caring to take a child fishing-you are a good soul
Reviewed by LadyJtalks LadyJzTalkZone (Reader) 3/19/2007
Great poem and a sad but good story. Perhaps that is why there is video games for children now. Though so many say that they waste their time with them, in this world today that is where they will find their good old days. Surely not like ours yet it will be theirs none the less. Lady J
Reviewed by Rhonda Galizia 3/19/2007
Oh Mr. ED...

We are great fishers in our family, too......including myself!
It IS tragic to witness....and it crushes one's spirit, to read your story.

But how will the children know the truth of the beauty that used to be there, unless someone tells them?

Bless you and your wife, for giving so much to the lad - even if the result, was devastating...perhaps, he will be the one in his generation to make a difference.

Hugs &Happy St. Joseph's Day to you! ~ Granny
PS> Have you happened to see/hear the ads for "Take Me Fishing"????
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado 3/19/2007
They sure are, Ed, they sure are, and it's a durn shame, too. A powerful, heartrending write you pen today; thanks for raising our awareness to these maddening problmes that mankind has done. God help the aniimals! They don't have a prayer, but they do have an ally in you. Gotta' love it (And I do!).

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by Linda Hill 3/19/2007
Mr. Ed,
This saddens me to that this young boy will never go have a glorious day fishing. You could have taught him so much about nature and fishing, things that would have stuck with him forever. Maybe you two could find another sport to do, or another fishing spot. I wish there was something you could do for him. I admire you for trying, Ed.

Many blessings,
~Linda
Reviewed by CJ Heck 3/19/2007
An excellent poem, Ed -- this is all about environmental awareness of the kind that I don't like to see. How sad that it's coming to this. Very well done, my friend.
Love,
CJ
Reviewed by Jibril Mohamed 3/19/2007
A great voice for environmental conservation. Future generations have a right to enjoy life and its natural beauty. It is sad that we are being too selfish in the sharing of these resources.

Thank you Mr. Ed. This is a poem that appeals to everyone.
Reviewed by George Carroll 3/19/2007
A disciple of Al Gore.
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 3/19/2007
I miss 'em, too, Ed, the only thing constant is change. For the better? NOt in this day and age...an excllent, heartfelt write.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
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