I Remember

O’ Malibu, O’ Malibu, I remember years before

The laws and local politics

Came knocking at our door.

When life was peaceful and sublime,

And politicians weren’t around,

To display their ego – and justify –


Ideas far from sound

And now we have the Wetlands thing,

And Restrictions everywhere.

Home Business License and new Tax

And Controls, few sane would dare.

The Goby Habitat is due –

And dire Restrictions where to build.

If the slope is fifteen plus degrees,

You can’t afford the fill.

Inspectors hide on quiet days

Along our private streets;

Listening for the slightest sounds

From illegal home-alteration freaks.

Neighbors now are at great odds

On who should build on hills.

And even the colors that you paint

Are Controlled for window sills.

There are now environmental reviews

And Wetland Delineation –

Land Use subcommittees

And Task Force denigrations.

O’ how I long for years gone by

Before the politicians came;

And all the controls, and God what knows.

O’ please don’t use my name!

Phineas P. Fogbottom

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