‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’: An energetic poem

‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’: An energetic poem

Solar panel array.
Solar panel array. (Image via solardave.com via Flickr, CC 2.0 license.)

It’s Not Easy Being Green

−Inspired by an article in the New York Times.

One day I put upon my roof a solar power array.
But my electric company told me that it could not stay.
“We have to buy the excess you produce” they said to me,
“and that can lead to overloads and great uncertainty.”

So I decided, then and there, that I’d go off the grid;
Who were those yahoos claiming that my rights they could forbid?
I ran my fridge and TV set, hot water and my lights
Daily from those panels. (Though they petered out at nights.)

But very soon the FBI came knocking at my door;
They claimed it un-American the grid to thus ignore.
Utilities paid taxes (and paid lobbyists) for real,
So if I didn’t hook back up, I’d go to the Bastille.

So now I’m paying power bills again, under duress.
(It seems that every month a few more dollars they assess.)
But someday soon the worm will turn. The government’s cloud nine
Will quickly be dispersed when I install a brand new wind turbine!


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