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By the briskness of the breezes, by the freshness of the days
By the churning of the seasons and the parting of the ways

By the fleeting feral forces we can tap but cannot tame
By the scraping of the barrel, by the fanning of the flame

By the milking of the movement of the waters and the wind
By the deep recurring rhythms regulation can’t rescind

By the rhythms of refusal, by the beating of the drums
The complexity of physics, the simplicity of sums

By the ordinary miracle, every minute every hour
By the muscle in the molecule, the pervasiveness power

By the measure of the treasure that will always pass us by
By the awesome orphaned portion of the wide, wide sky

By the planning applications by the placard in the hand
By the opposition’s passion, by the curving of the land

Let the blessing of the heavens and the good from underground
Meet completely in the middle in the country and the town

May the blessing be accepted, may we know it isn’t wrong
To welcome in the guest who’s waited patiently so long

By everything that flickers or flies into a rage
By the twist in all our knickers, by the rattle in our cage

By the facts we’re forced to muster in defence and in attack
By our belief in all our bluster, by the monkey on our back

By the throbbing in the temple, by the fury and the fuss
By the bridge across the chasm all the way from Them to Us

By the health and by the safety, by the calculated risk
By the energy encased in our sun’s ever-slipping disc

By the gifts we take for granted that may one day be withheld
By the many trees we planted and the many more we felled

By the curbing of the carbon, by the scarring and the stains
By the carbon in the garden, by the flooding of the plains

By the leaking of the data by the sneaking of the peek

By the future we’re afraid of and the future that we seek
May we mine the seams of sunshine, trap tornadoes in our nets
May our account come into credit as we pay off our regrets

Let the energy be harvested and gathered safely in
Let the argument be ended, let the reckoning begin

About The Project

The Element in the Room is a book of poems inspired by renewable energy in particular – and a book of pictures inspired by
poems about renewable energy.

Some poems were prompted by reflections on the elements,
some from talking with people working in the field, others from
renewable technologies themselves – the look of them, their
potential, people’s responses to them. Some are playful, cheeky,
pithy, others more lyrical and solemn, some are just plain daft.

Among them there’s a sonnet, a country and western song and a
prose poem called The Not-for-Prophit. You get the picture. None
is intended as a ‘last word’, they are offered for your pleasure and
interest and to provoke discussion.

The illustrations are by a range of talented artists, to be specific:
Heidi Ball, Laura Cochón, Tori Dee, Chloë Uden, Josie Ashe, Naomi Ziewe Palmer and More than Minutes.

‘The Element in the Room’ is a collaboration with Regen South West.

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