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Ship Wreck

Sailed ahoy, the ship master
kissing his family good bye
promising to return home
with fish from the seas high

... and so sailed a million men
with keen business acumen
the more we catch
the better we stay even

sure, growth is good
and it gives us our food
it is in our design
to say "All is fine"

metal claws scrape the floor
plastic nets arrest the panic
we don't feel a guilt
don't we do this with silt?

we catch what we want
and what we don't want

every god has told mankind
all is yours what you find
the fuel for a magic making mind

well, what the heck
we failed to honour our check
his ship is a wreck
the ocean is a wreck

(Inspired by Dr.Jeremy Jackson's powerful TED talk (and transcript) on "how we wrecked the ocean")

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(Anonymous)
May. 18th, 2010 05:35 am (UTC)
From LS:

A neat ode to the decline of our ocean environment (along with all of the others). I couldn't bring myself to read all of the transcript, it was too depressing, and just so much more of the same that we see every day.
birdonthewire
May. 19th, 2010 02:16 am (UTC)
Thanks for sharing. 20 mile long nets - how crazy is that! Depressing really.

http://www.ted.com/talks/enric_sala.html - another related video. A little less depressing, but almost equally emphatic.
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