Ohio and Erie Canal

responses

My hope is…

My hope for our land is that it will be respected. / Respect for the trees / Respect for the animals / Respect for the resources / Respect our Earth / The Earth is falling apart right under us and only a / few seem to care. / As our rivers and lakes become polluted / and our atmosphere weakens many people turn a blind eye. / If we continue like this our descendents will not be able / to experience the chirping of birds in the morning. / They will never experience the vibrant colors of the ocean / The tapping of the rain on a stormy day. / We must fix this place we call home...or we will have no home.

Simon H
Wick Jrs

I have seen...

The river flows, its waves / reaching father, the / humans build a town turning it / into a city they build on the river / constructing dams and locks / The river is forceful, the / river is vengeful the river / shows the humans a lesson / by washing the city away / leaving a flood, the river cannot be controlled the river is brave and loud /

Timothy S
Wick Jrs

I have seen...

I want to remember the time we respected our world / And all the beauty it holds / The time we used are planet natural resources / Rather than creating our own / The time we used what we needed than what we wanted / The time we ate so much and never wasted / The time we didn’t throw things into our oceans / The time we did not pollute / The time when everything was green not yellow / Will those times ever come back?

Mayya S
Wick Jrs

I have seen...

Old and new, trial and error, / Big corps think the more the merrier / Reality seems pretty nice / Until they give you “great advice” / Ours to take, yours to make / Some may put our life at stake / Your corps are mean, nasty, greedy / Never make stuff we really needy / If you see for yourself it’s not so pretty / Seeing how wasteful it is, much a pity / Buy spend, buy spend, / It’s all the same, until the end. / When our ground crumbles under our feet, / There won’t be somewhere to take a seat.

Avalon W
Wick Jrs

I have seen...

Human necessities, / But not / Really. / Big buildings, / Gas tanks, / Rotting / To the core / Like an artichoke / With a couple / Stems till you reach / The heart. / We are ruining / The natural / Essence inside of / Ourselves / When we destroy / The natural world. / As oceans are / Dying / We are lying on / Our soft fuzzy / Couches that will / Eventually go to / waste.

Luka L
Wick Jrs

I have seen...

Famous, Broken, Beautiful. The Cuyahoga River You shine like jewels on a beautiful piece of jewelry. Sometimes the clouds make you look gloomy. You are a vast, serenity Filled landmark. You reach so far and wide like an endless fallen tree Laying on its side. Your waterfall brings beauty And joy to the world. I always wonder if you’re lonely.

MW
Wick Jrs

I have seen...

River, You dazzle like a freshly made penny Held in front of our sun. You make me and a lot of other People joyful. So river how do you feel about the fire? The Chipmunks of Wick Jr. Tested a chunk of your water And it is healthy. YAY! River, thnk you for giving River animals a life and a home. Have you ever gotten in an argument with other part of your water? Or do you Live by yourself? How Do you feel about people being angry with you? Is it hard being a river? River, thank you for helping People like the Haymakers In the past? How do you Feel about fame? Thank you, River! Peace, love, unity, and harmony. Love From, M. E. W.

MW
Wick Jrs

I want to remember…

Summer camp Is joyful You make new friends. It’s your new house. You get uncontrollable laughter. You have deep conversations. Your happiness is as big as a horse. Happiness is like a waterfall

GTD
Wick Jrs

I want to remember…

Dear river, thank you for sparkling in the sunshine. Thank you for our beautiful rapids. You provide so many habitats for animals. I’m very sorry that we caught you on fire. I’m very sorry people do things that hurt you and they shouldn’t. You let us swim in your water. Thank you for letting us kayak and canoe on your rapids. Thank you for letting animals drink your water. I will do my best to protect you all my life. Thank you river for everything.

GTD
Wick Jrs

I want to remember…

Thank you for being here. It’s always nice to watch you sparkle in the sun How does it feel to flow so fast? Do you ever wish you had more friends? It’s nice of you to give us water. What’s it like to have me sitting here writing poetry for you? Do you ever get sad? I wish I could be you. Oh dear, this letter is rather out of order, isn’t it?

LC
Wick Jrs

I have seen...

Blue is the sky, stretching on forever Blue is blueberries, sweet and round Blue is a river, flowing fast Blue is the ocean, large and loud Blue is a blue streak of paint, bright and vibrant Blue is a bluebell flower, very beautiful

Lucy Crawford

I have seen...

Human necessities, But not Really. Big buildings, Gas tanks, Rotting To the core Like an artichoke With a couple Stems till you reach The heart. We are ruining The natural Essence inside of Ourselves When we destroy The natural world. As oceans are Dying We are lying on Our soft fuzzy Couches that will Eventually got to waste.

Luka L
Wick Jrs

I want to remember…

the warm summer sun on my skin, the cool Ohio autumn breezes, the prickly touch of the underbrush passing by, and the smell of the rain-soaked mud on the trail


I have seen...

I have seen the barn roof bend and break.

C Malone
Kent

My hope is…

my grandchildren's grandchildren will see the same glory in nature that I do


I want to remember…

I want to remember the heron's magic, a ancient song of wisdom that only we shared

Taylor
Akron, OH

I have seen...

the return of creatures...my first memory of toad tadpoles holding on to life in a puddle surrounded by barren, hard, sun-baked earth. Heart breaking. Creatures home taken to make mine. Decades later, nature is trying to get back. Creatures have returned. She always wins. Or does she?

HB
Akron

I want to remember…

the many hands moving stone and stone moving water, moving boats, moving people. I want to remember that we can change course, too. Rebuild, revise and do better.

Amanda
Cleveland OH

I have seen...

a land rewritten layer over layer


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