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It’s Not Me, It’s You
I admit that it appalled me
that day you first cold-called me
but you charmed me, won me over
told me I would be in clover
and I succumbed to your advances
thought: what the heck, I’ll take my chances
I told the Doubting Thomases
that you would keep your promises
you’d said that you would care for me
that you’d always be there for me
oh how very wrong of me
I should have thought more carefully
all that warmth and bonhomie
now seems like such hot air to me
for when I called to clarify
the startlingly high tariff I
was on, you proved elusive
and remarkably reclusive
for one so formerly effusive
in breach of all known etiquette
you started playing hard-to-get
left me feeling so much smaller
as if I’m the nuisance caller
with designs on your affection
which is vexing and perplexing
I don’t think it would hurt to see
a bit of old world courtesy
so I’m parting from your company
who’s dumping who? You’re dumping me
constructively dismissing me
I trust you’ll soon be missing me
and then you’ll once again change tack
predictably you’ll call me back
and find you’re waiting in a queue
to hear, when you at last get through
It isn’t me. It’s you.
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.