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  The Horrendous State of Our Forests
by Mr. Ed
Sunday, April 19, 2009
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Perhaps This is The Message,

The Wise Old Night Caller,

Was Trying to Convey;

After His Late Night Visit,

I Spent Several Sad Hours,

Thinking About Our World, Today.



The statistics now paint an extremely horrid picture

Over 70 percent of Earth’s animals reside in forests

Yet, 60 percent of Earth’s forests, are already gone

It won’t be very long at all, before we destroy the rest


Over 90 percent of America’s virgin forests now cut down

And they once covered much of the lower forty-eight states

With only 10 percent of these forests now remaining in America

We have doomed many birds and animals to a most hideous fate


And in West Africa, 90 percent of its rain forests, have also been leveled

In Brazil and Indonesia, deforestation is occurring, at an ever increasing rate

Logging, man made fires, and land clearing, for agriculture and cattle grazing

Are destroying plants not yet even discovered which might help the human race


But the harm that we have caused does not end here

Studies show that forest destruction results in droughts

More and more areas of the globe, are experiencing these

Which will cause more hardship and famine, without a doubt


Even worse, Earth’s trees are natural consumers of carbon dioxide

One of the major components of very destructive greenhouse gases

Deforestation removes our carbon eaters, and the burning of forests

Pumps even more deadly carbon dioxide into our air, extremely fast


As with our oceans and rivers and lakes, we seem hell bent on destruction

All to produce more food and living space, for our skyrocketing humanity

But will this planet even be worth living on, once we destroy everything on it

The air not fit to breathe, and very few animals or birds remaining, on land or sea



©2009, Mr. Ed



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Reviewed by Michael Guy 4/26/2009
The 2 greatest tasks ahead if accomplished will still give us time to reverse the damage BUT it most be NOW, in the next few years. COMPLETELY eradicate BUSH's "hangover" policies in land, water & air management (firing department heads if necessary) AND prevent a "Sarah Palin" from every making political inroads. People must say "NO MORE" but they have to care first...
Reviewed by Alexandra Midnight 4/24/2009
That is exactly the message I want to spread to people. It is so sad to see what our world is coming to. At least President Obama did pass that bill that set aside that land as protected forest. We arent completely doomed yet. Great write.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 4/23/2009
It's incredible to comprehend how many of the world's forests have been destroyed. Your poem provokes much always, Ed.
Reviewed by MaryGrace Patterson 4/21/2009
You are so right. I think its another part of the ongoing problems we are now facing. Hopefully some things will change with the new administration here. More attenetion is being focused on important life issues. Disney also has a new plant a tree program in place.....M
Reviewed by George Ellison (Reader) 4/20/2009
I suppose I stand in stark contrast to most who read your work. I have read you before and what stands out most to me is the constant negative, doom and gloom about our world. Yes, it has issues that are serious and ominous. But, wallowing in sadness and focusing on the worst only brings more of the same and lowers energy. It does not spark behavioral changes, it only makes people want to give up. I respect your knowledge and experience, but I must part ways with your approach.
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 4/20/2009
If you drive through Sweden and Norway you will see with dismay that there are a lot of empty space where once was a forest. (they are building Golf Courses like hail on the landscape) I can't understand it, first the tree were felt for the paper industry, but after the PC came to be a daily tool to everybody, many newspapers have closed their doors because everything you want to know are on your PC or TV.
So, what gives?


Reviewed by John Flanagan 4/19/2009
Well said and needs to be said. What can we hope for? That we'll regain our senses, understand we're dooming ourselves and everyone after to a barren earth? Our sad history is against us because we give ourselves rights we don't have.
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 4/19/2009
So very sad Ed, such beauty damaged and a lot of times it can be helped.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Felix Perry 4/19/2009
I noticed this with sadness when I flew over our own Canadian Rockies a few years ago to see patches of brown with just a few zones of green...sad indeed.

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 4/19/2009
Man's inhumanities continue - I miss the trees. :(

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by jude forese 4/19/2009
its unbelievable how much of earth's forests have been destroyed of depleted ... your poem is a much needed reminder on the importance of their presence ... as always, well written ...
Reviewed by L. Figgins 4/19/2009
And if they go, we go! Jasmin's locusts remind me of what's happening to our towns, also. Wetlands built over with shopping malls. Countryside turned to mini-marts and coffee shops.
We'll be living in bubble houses with pumped-in oxygen and go to tree museums(as Joni said way back when)if something doesn't give. Thank you,Ed!
Reviewed by JASMIN HORST SEILER 4/19/2009
Like the horrid locust pest we swarm, eat and destroy everything there is, even and especially that which gives us life, price intelligence of a species, where greed and glutony overrides everything else, including common sense. Happy Sunday Ed.
Reviewed by Karen Vanderlaan 4/19/2009
poignant and thought provoking words of truth
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 4/19/2009
Thats it, no more night visitors from the owls for you...though you are right as always, still, aren't you just full of happy thoughts this Sunday morning...maybe I will go back to bed instead...Ed
Reviewed by Lew Duffey 4/19/2009
A poignant statement. We need to take this seriously.
By the way, if you look closely at the shape of your poem you see Mother Earth.
God bless,

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