“What will be left”
(Below is real. I took my grandchildren to some of these Michigan lakes. A old poem and something to think about)
What will be left?
A Poem by Coyote Poetry
We need to show concern for Nature. Before she disappears.
What will be left?
I took my children to the lake.
Signs are posted.
Do not swim.
I will buy a K-mart pool and put in the backyard.
Damn we killed off the Great Lakes.
Cancer is running uncontrollable..
The slow death by pollution and greedy men.
Destroying our forest and woodlands.
Will my children be able to play outside?
Or will pollution eat away at their dreams.
We tell our children to be kind.
Skin color doesn’t matter.
You can do anything.
We tell them to be fair and not fight.
Fighting will not solve problems.
Yes, the children see our morals.
They see the hate and disappointment.
Their eyes see the thousands who are homeless and poor.
Our leaders sending soldiers to kill.
Not trying to have peace talks and solve problems.
We wonder why our children don’t want our leftovers.
We must stop the hate.
And the violence and the useless killing.
Keep the family together.
The healing must begin.
Or the eyes and mind of our children will turn against us.
For leaving nothing.
At least nine Michigan beaches are closed this week because high bacteria levels in the water make them unsafe for swimming, according to the Department of Environmental Quality’s Michigan BeachGuard System.
The St. Clair Shores Memorial Park Beach in Macomb County
Reed Lake Beach in Oakland County’s Commerce Township
Eagle Lake, Lakeland Estates Beach in Oakland County’s Waterford
Campbell Lake Beach at Robert Morris Park in Kalamazoo County
Ross Lake Beaverton City Park Beach in Gladwin County
Lake St. Helen’s public fishing site in Richfield Township in Roscommon County
Lake Gogebic’s Gogebic County Park Beach in Marenisco Township in the Upper Peninsula’s Gogebic County.
Lake Gogebic State Park Beach in Marenisco Township in the Upper Peninsula’s Gogebic County.
Quarry Beach in Schoolcraft County’s Central Park
No. 1: Flesh-eating bacteria
“It’s the flesh-eating bacteria, called necrotizing fasciitis, that everyone worries about,” Shamoon said. “It can be deadly.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that 1 in 3 people who develop necrotizing fasciitis will die from it.
The infection occurs when bacteria enter the body, usually through a cut, scrape or even the site of a bug bite. The infection sets in and spreads quickly, killing the skin and tissue under the skin that surrounds muscles, nerves, fat, and blood vessels, according to the . CDC.
“It could happen to anybody,” said Shamoon. “I had a patient years ago who had an open wound. He was a diabetic patient and he cut himself doing some yard work. As part of the yard work, he went into this pond. … He ended up getting necrotizing fasciitis. He got admitted to the ICU (intensive-care unit) and his leg had to be amputated.
No. 2: Brain-eating amoeba
Although extremely rare, brain-eating amoeba, also known as Naegleria fowleri, thrive in warm water, such as hot springs, ponds, lakes and rivers, in warm-water discharge from industrial plants or in inadequately chlorinated swimming pool water.
The bacteria are most commonly found in ponds and lakes in the southern United States during the summer, but the CDC reports that infections have also been found in northern states as well.
Naegleria fowleri enter the brain through the nose when people breathe in contaminated water vapor or aerosol droplets while doing water sports or swimming or when they use tap water for nasal or sinus irrigation (like a Neti Pot).