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The Element In The Room

This poem is not to scale. It does not adhere to scholarly
standards or scientific exactitude. Its only apology is to Dr Seuss.

on a blustery day, breezing in from the West
a gust is persuaded to stay as a guest

then a biddable beam, an amenable ray
that was just shining through is invited to stay

Element 1 and Element 2
would like to come in and say How do you do?

tucked in behind sockets they’re lurking for certain
they’re clustered in pockets behind the neat skirting
so keen to get heating and lighting it’s hurting

they’ve careered along cables at speeds close to thought
now they’re ready to caper, to dance and cavort

Element 2 and Element 1
want to get busy, they want to have fun

then the Big Switch is flicked and the Elements flock
zoom in and illumine the digital clock

and hickory dickery, ever so quickerly
emanate oodles of bright electrickery

the charge is at large that was hid in the grid
there’s juice on the loose that will do as it’s bid.

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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