The poem, Gone Peopling, is a twist on going fishing. Instead of the people going to fish, the fish have gone peopling. The first characters are Homer J. Fish and his son Tommy. Homer is in a big hurry, breaking the speed limit and failing to conserve fuel. He and his son litter the land and don’t practice ecologically friendly fishing. Then one fine “peopling day” circumstances bring Homer and Tommy together with the second characters. A neighbor, Solomon D. Salmon and his son Ray, end up peopling at Homer’s favorite peopling spot. Homer and Tommy learn a thing or two about environmental issues from Solomon and Ray.
Homer J. Fish jumped out of bed.
“What a great day for peopling!” he said.
Down the hall ran Homer Jay
To knock on Tommy’s door.
“Wake up Tommy!
Fins on the floor!
You get the peopling poles
I’ll get the bait.
Let’s hurry! Let’s go!
The tide won’t wait.”
Tommy grabbed the poles
While Dad got bait.
Pizza,pickles,cold lunch meat
Yucky stuff only people would eat.
“Oh! And don’t forget
To grab a big net,”
Said Homer Jay
On this fine peopling day.
They ran out the door
And hooked up the boat.
They left so fast
All Mom got was a note.
Down the stream and across the way
Solomon D. Salmon and his son Ray
Had the same idea
Of what to do on that day.
“Let’s make a plan,” said Solomon D.
And fish the right way.
We’ll be sure to get
Our best people hooks.
We don’t want to catch
A whole bunch of crooks.”
Ray and Solomon kissed Mom good-bye
And drove slowly down the stream.
Carefully packed, proper gear in tact
They made a really great team.
Around the curve at seventy-eight
Still trying not to be late
Homer J. Fish and Tommy
Sped right past Solomon and Ray.
Rudely beeping the horn
Yelling “out of our way!”
And flying through the water came
Empty worm wrappers and plankton cans
Tossed carelessly out the window
And thrown upon the land.
“I really don’t know why
That fish has to fly,”
Said Solomon D. Salmon to his son Ray.
“It’s really not cool.
He needs to slow down
And stop being a fool.”
Then out of the blue, siren blasting
The Jet Stream Patrol whizzed by.
A shark cop motioned for Homer to stop
And poor Tommy started to cry.
Over a hill and around the bend
Solomon and Ray came to water’s end.
But across the land they could see
People that didn’t look well.
“Dear me,” said Solomon
“It’s not hard to tell.”
“What happened here?” asked his son Ray.
“A fish factory at the bottom of the bay
Has leaked pluto to the top of the sea.
It’s affected the people, I’m sad to say.”
Solomon and Ray drove to find fresher land
And soon found a spot of beautiful sand.
They got out their poles
And good people hooks
And hoped to catch people
With good healthy looks.
Just then Homer J. and Tommy
Arriving much later than planned
Put in their boat to people
Upon their favorite spot of land.
“Hello ,and just who are you?
Are you going to be peopling here too?”
Solomon D. began to explain.
“We tried to people up further ahead
But if they don’t fix that fish factory
Those poor people might soon be dead!”
“I didn’t know that,” Homer said.
“I come here a lot.
I always go peopling
In my favorite spot.”
“That’s not very good,” said Solomon D.
“You might deplete this spot, you see.”
But before Homer could answer back
He hauled in a small
Freckled face red-haired boy
Who was not very tall.
“Put him back!” Solomon said
“That little boy needs to grow.
He’s really too little
And not enough to eat you know.”
So out came Homer’s big fishing net.
“I’ll get me some people yet!”
“Don’t do that!” Solomon said.
“If you deplete their kind
Then they will all be
Much too hard to find.
And more than that
There is another reason
This kind of people
Are all out of season.”
Solomon talked and talked some more.
Homer learned things he didn’t know before.
And so on that beautiful peopling day
Solomon D Salmon and his son Ray
Taught their new friends a better way.
Homer drove home at a slower pace.
He had learned life was not a race.
Homer and Solomon formed a pact.
They made that fish factory
Clean up their act.
And when Homer J Fish
Goes peopling today
He makes sure he does so
The proper way.