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You Never Saw a Purple Cow?

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Elizabeth Santos
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0 posted 02-18-2000 10:14 AM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

You Never Saw A Purple Cow?

I love the green and rolling hills
The forests and the trees
They call it Pennsylvania
'Cause Penn held all the deeds

He made friends with the Indians
He parceled off their land
He rectangled and squared it off
The trees and hills at hand

I was born among the green hills
And rivers of this place
The Schuylkill and the Manatawny
Which Indian names still grace

But just past Sanatoga
Which means "the crooked hill"
The electric company came along
And changed the land at will

They built gigantic towers
And put in nuclear fuel
Then publicized some dinosaur prints
To show that they're not cruel

The power plant sits to the east
Just past " the crooked hill"
But just a little to our west
Waste Management has a fill

The mountain has become quite large
As high as Sanatoga
In a place where Leni Lenape trails
Saw the horse drawn Conastoga

And along the flowing Schuylkill
Near the Indian burial ground
Occidental Chemical's
Factory can be found

We call it "Accidental"
Tongue in cheek, of course
I would not graze in nearby fields
If I were a horse

Now just a little to our north
A house on Indian Bow Lane
Was discovered to have radiation
And "Radon" was to blame

A brand new revelation
National interest did arouse
But how can that explain the
Purple fields and purple cows

If you think this is just a joke
Then read our local paper
There's no one who could quite pull off
A purple animal caper

It can't be "Accidental"
(That's just a little pun)
And the EPA and their whole crew
Is having lots of fun

And speaking of the EPA
They came in rapid haste
To investigate a quarry
That was filled with toxic waste

But they filled it in and smoothed it out
Where was the EPA?
We know the barrels stayed there
Where WalMart stands today

When Limerick has a nuclear leak
It's a "noneventful occurrence"
Occidental's leaks are kept hush hush
Because of their insurance

They claim the landfill's leak-proof
But things escape somehow
And Cabot Chemical's "nonevents"
Produce a purple cow

They say our water's safe to drink
But I have a little hunch
From the dead fish near the power plant
Not to drink our "Schuylkill Punch"

That's just another little pun
We locals get a thrill
And joke about the "Occidents"
Around the "crooked hill"

So when you come to my house
You can feel quite relieved
Nothing will affect you
Just as long as you don't breath

Elizabeth Santos








[This message has been edited by Elizabeth Santos (edited 02-18-2000).]
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1 posted 02-18-2000 10:35 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

It is such a shame when in the name of progress it seems we lose so much.

I enjoyed the beauty of your surroundings  aside from the progress.
Danny Holloway
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2 posted 02-18-2000 10:42 AM       View Profile for Danny Holloway   Email Danny Holloway   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Danny Holloway

All in the name of progress! The only sacrifice is our land, our health, and probably our future.
Sad, isn't it, that the rape of land and nature is of no concern to big government and corporations.
This poem is so well written, some humor along with stark reality about a serious problem.
Well done!
Danny
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3 posted 02-18-2000 10:58 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

But bringing my own gas mask and drinking water (or Fosters fine lager *G*) would be a small price to pay for your company, Elizabeth. *S* Great poem!!
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Yep, it is a shame what industry has done to this once beautiful land of ours.  Great poem, Elizabeth! Hey, take a picture of that purple cow for me, okay!!  

Denise
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5 posted 02-18-2000 11:15 AM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

A smile came over my face when I read the title of your poem, and could only emagin a purple cow. As I read your poem though I lost my smile as I read the contents. You have taken  very hurtful events and made them poetic very nicely done.

Cerenity
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I have to laugh at the last verse there, though I know it's no laughing matter. Humans, always trying to fix things and make them better, when in fact we end up destroying it instead.  We think we know so much, but God knows better! We know so little, and when we don't ask for HIS guidance, this is the result!

Excellent work Liz!

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One way you can save your riches,
And the other will save your soul.
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7 posted 02-18-2000 11:41 AM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Well done Liz!!!  I am in awe of your excellent talent as a writer and your capacity for seeing.  
Elizabeth Santos
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8 posted 02-18-2000 12:23 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Everything in this poem is true. We do have purple cows downstream from Cabot, and there are many "nonevents" which are somehow reported in Florida newspapers long before they are reported here. And we are all wondering what all those sirens are for, the ones that are to warn of a nuclear accident, as we say, "occident". the ones they test at 2:00PM every first Monday of the month. If they ever do go off, no one's going to flee, we'll all just go into a "Monday mode". Am I worried about a nuclear meltdown? As worried as Californians are about "the big one".
Thank you for your comments.
Liz
P.S Please come visit

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Elizabeth, when you have time, could you send me a picture of one of those purple cows? I'd love to see one. Even though it is caused by something bad I find it so interesting.

Love ya
Denise
Elizabeth Santos
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10 posted 02-18-2000 01:10 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Denise, I'll see what I can do
Liz
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Sweetie..I'm an old hippie...I've seen every color animal you can imagine.....and I won't go into details as of "why" I saw all these color coordinated beasts, but I'm sure you know.....LOL....nice poem gal....
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True, sad, funny, clever, angering, prophetic...just to list a few adjectives. (I saw the Easter Bunny once...does that count?)

Claire
Elizabeth Santos
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Thanks, Toe, you're right, everything in the sixties was multi colored, but even with this crystal ball of mine, there's so much I don't know about you (though I do know where the psychedelic cows came from)
Thanks
Liz
Elizabeth Santos
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14 posted 02-18-2000 05:44 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Claire, Didn't see you sneak in as I was posting. Thanks for the adjectives
Liz
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15 posted 02-18-2000 05:51 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth   Email Elizabeth   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Elizabeth's Home Page   View IP for Elizabeth

No, I've never seen a purple cow, and I never hope to see one. (Well, maybe I do, but that's off the subject.) *sigh* The shape our world is in today-purple cows, Schuylkill punch, and heaven knows what else! I'd rather they let the land remain as land. Now, what say you we all become Amish?  

Elizabeth

 "He have his goodness now. God forbid I take it from him!"
-The Crucible

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Ok so it`s not a Cow   But it could be in a few more year`s.
It`s a shame that so much of our Beautiful land is being destroyed all in the name of"PROGRESS?"
Thank you for such an eye opening read Elizabeth..
I look forward to reading more of your writings  


 Today is the first day of the rest of my life.
And the begining of a new one.



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Elizabeth Santos
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Thank you, Mr Wizzard, you do certainly have a way with graphics. Your compliments are very kind, but I haven't been writing much lately. You are very sweet, Thank you
Liz

Thank you ,Elizabeth, and I like your Amish comment, They seem to do very well without electricity, in fact they have no need for any of the products or services mentioned
Liz above

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Elizabeth,
You are a wonder and constantly amaze me. Love Sy PS. One hell of a poem.
Elizabeth Santos
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19 posted 02-18-2000 09:09 PM       View Profile for Elizabeth Santos   Email Elizabeth Santos   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Elizabeth Santos

Thanks Sy
Wanna come for a visit?
Liz
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No comment that I could make could possibly enhance the words you've already spoken here, Elizabeth - It's mind boggling, isn't it?

Well done, my friend...
Brent Hotchkin
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Well done Liz. You have documented our evolution. We think we're so bright. It is so hard to think about these things that go on in our world. Because we can't do anything about it. It is the ones with the money that make all the decisions. Anyway I really enjoyed your poem. I live in south Florida and the biggest hill in the state is a mile to the west. I have to pass it everyday on the way to my Uni. It smells but not as bad as the waste management facility which is also on the way to school.
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How sad that so much should get destroyed in the name of progress....humans should start to consider that they are progressing in the wrong direction, before it is too late as it for the purple cows you speak of.
Wonderful expression of such terrible destruction(does that make sense to you?).

Love and hugs,
Lizzie


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23 posted 05-02-2004 02:27 PM       View Profile for Cerenity   Email Cerenity   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Cerenity

Hi Liz,

Always have loved this poem, I have a picture of four pastel cows in my diningroom and think of you every time I look at it (~.~) Hope life is great with you,

Love Cerenity
 
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