Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Say good bye...







Lush green farmland once was the legacy of Iowa, vast hills of green clovers and grains. Massive forests of mighty oak and elm provided lumber and heat source for the new pioneer. As families migrated to cheap land, farms sprang up all over, dotting the landscape, tiny islands floating on green seas. Families grew as more hands were needed to maintain the farm, some stayed on the farm, some went to the cities. A hard life was the farmer's and his wife, as more and more of his children migrated to the cities, parcels were sold off to lesson the burden.

Herds were culled as competition from huge factory farms steal their livelihood with cheap product of unhealthy animals. Polluting the land, the rivers, the air, nothing stops this destructive beast, subsidized by a biased, well paid government. Yet farmers are encouraged to farm more ground to feed the masses, with little payback.

Chemical companies vie for the latest, most toxic venom to poison the fragile eco-system, killing every innocent in it's path. Unscrupulous developers are stealing the habitat of the deer and the turkey, complaining as they forage for what we deem as landscaping. The eyesore is the addition that popped up over night, each one vying for the better space, the better overlook. What of us, the passerby that used to relish the beauty of rural Iowa. Mow that grass, water that grass, fertilize that grass, mow that grass...what is this all about...

There is this thing called ego, the consciousness of self... is it a thing that makes us a little better than our neighbor...that we need to have more than we require...consume more than we require...throw away everything that is no longer of use to us for bigger and better...no, that is a thing called egotism...selfishness, vanity and conceit.

18 comments:

Greyscale Territory said...

I'm sure the image of a developer must look something like a modern day Grim Reaper. The mighty dollar is a dark treasure with a nasty habit of risiong and falling in the blink of an eye. And meanwhile that land scourged by the dollar bears the scars.

This posting touches quite a sensitive spot with me!

Utah Grammie said...

you have a gift of putting into words what's in many of our hearts. Thank you.
Colleen

High Desert Diva said...

"that is a thing called egotism... selfishness, vanity and conceit."


Ain't that the truth...

summersundays-jw said...

Right on, Sister! Sometimes I wonder if it's only my little family hurting right now because I still see such wastefullness. We still dream of moving to the country & being more self-sufficient but rural MO is shrinking too but Branson continues to build.

vikki said...

hopefully our grand*kids & great grand*kids will not have to look at pictures & see a picture of the lush green or a tree, that hopefully/ prayerfully they will be able to run in the tall grasses & climb trees & enjoy the wonderful nature God intended for us. not to play on cement parking lots & or abandoned huge buildings that dot land, rather than fix up or re*do, lets take up more land...and build new... keep the green of mother earth! hugs & blessings, vikki ♥

Roses and Lilacs said...

Everybody wants an acre in the country. Then they complain about the deer eating their landscape and the raccoons dumping their garbage.
We are paving over our food supply and sucking every bit of water from the earth. It is gonna be awful for the next generation and catastrophic for the generation after that.
Marnie

LuluRedstar/Lauri Evans said...

THanks for the eloquent post. I can't STAND the farms/pastures turning into McMansions. I live in the midst of it. They complain about the horse manure 'stink' as it detracts from their $1MM house on 1/10 acre plot. GO AWAY. I love it when my rooster, Gaston, crows loudly and early every day!
oxox lulu

RainbowMom said...

This is also disturbing to me. I feel so concerned about the the mass quantity and low quality. So much more I look at myself and ask what am I buying and why? Less is more. It goes very deep. Thanks for putting this into such eloquent words! Peace.

paisley said...

i have the good fortune to live in an area of the country that is saturated with what we might commonly refer to as those of the tree hugging persuasion... it could take hundreds of years fort hme to allow anything to be built here,, and in that i feel a sense of calm... too many times in this life i have lived on a lovely piece of property,, only to find out ground was breaking on a condo complex across the street... never again....

Shab-n-Chic said...

That was such a good post, I had to read it again. I miss the days when we had just 2 acres behind our house, with horses and chickens. Now there are 7 homes that sit directly behind us. I gew up on the same street I live on now. It was a 2 lane road with dirt walking paths, lined with huge pepper trees. A gorgeous walk and sight. It is now a 4 lane road with a center turn lane with cement sidewalks on either side. My parents lost a good portion of their front yard, as did the neighbors. It's very sad, and all I have are the black & white photographs and memories of the way it used to be.

cconz said...

great post sharon, you can say it like no other. when i say the same words ,i sound like i feel, full of anger! everyone feels the same, but, yet it continues. Because everybody says, "What can i do about it"? "nothing", so, nothing changes.There is power in numbers. Change needs to happen, it has to start some where.

summersundays-jw said...

Did you read Vintage Rescue today? I think we're all feeling like doing a little ranting right now. Just hope that it gives people reason to slow down & ponder. Jan

Wish on a Whisker said...

Great post!! Also, I LOVE your sweet pink house!!! ~Mandy

Floras Kulle said...

Six o´clock friday morning, at work, spending some time reading your beautiful blog, laughing, sobbing, listening to that peaceful music of yours... That´s a good beginning of the day!

I wish you a lovely, relaxing weekend!
//Annette

Hey Harriet said...

A wonderfully written & thoughtful post. Progress & development has gone too far! It's downright scary :(

Sweet Old Vintage said...

You have touched alot of hearts. I am having a give-a-way and maybe you would like to stop over.

Eve said...

We are suffereing much the same thing here on the Coast. Only, instead of losing our farmlands, we are losing the free use of the ocean and it's beaches. Large Casinos and hotels are taking over the beach front in so many places and only those who are visitors of their hotels can use the beach.

It has already happened in Gulf Shores Alabama and it is beginning to happen here on my beautiful MS Gulf Coast. It just makes me want to cry.

white o'morn cottage said...

So true. You speak for me in that post. Thanks...Pam