|Reviewed by Pier Tyler
|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
|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)
|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
|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!
|Reviewed by A PAX
|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???
|Reviewed by Mary Grace Patterson
|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
|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
|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!
|Reviewed by William Bonilla
|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
|Reviewed by ~ Holly Harbridge (Reader)
|Nothing is the same anymore Ed. Your story is very sad and so is the condition of our world. holly|
|Reviewed by Sharon Lawson
|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
|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.
|Reviewed by Tom Hyland
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
|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
|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.
|Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
|Those days will never show face again my friend......to much greed and hatred going on!!
|Reviewed by J M
|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.
|Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader)
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)
|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.
|Reviewed by m j hollingshead
|Reviewed by D Johnson
|Ed, what a great write...and so very sad, but true.
|Reviewed by Kimberly Gibbons
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,
|Reviewed by OnepoetGem *the Poetic Rapper
|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
|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
|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
|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)
|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
|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
|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
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.
|Reviewed by CJ Heck
|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.
|Reviewed by Jibril Mohamed
|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
|A disciple of Al Gore.|
|Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner
|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.