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The Power of One Hour

For just one hour, we live as our ancestors did
     Reading, writing, sharing the Earth by candlelight
From our obligations to Mother Nature we hid
     Our eyes have become blinded, one with the night

Nature’s bounty has been squandered for too long
    We strip forests, mines, and drill for oil in pristine sea
Should we have expected no punishment for this wrong?
     Wouldn’t you prefer a world where creatures all run free?

These cages, prisons, contain endangered species
     At 8:30 tonight though, Mother Nature is taking charge
Locked doors will open, even the one your heart sees
     Is one hour without light enough time to recharge?

Written March 29, 2012 for Nikko’s “Beyond Earth Hour” challenge
"If you can, please turn off your lights for an hour 
on Earth Hour 2012 ---March 31 ----8:30pm. Thanks :)" 

Tip:  Wait until hot summers or cold winter to turn on the heat and air.  I cut my utility bill in half by “dressing” for the temperatures, rather than use heat or air conditioning.  In the summer I turn off the hot water – cool water feels much better on a hot day.

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  1. Date: 5/13/2012 9:44:00 AM
    Congratulations on your win, Carolyn! Happy Mother's Day to a great mother and poetess! May God's blessing descend upon as you celebrate this day with your loved ones. How was your fishing trip? I hope you enjoyed it a lot. I would love to hear from you. Hugs, Andrew.

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 2:43:00 PM
    Congrats on your win..Knew that it was going to be..Sara

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 9:01:00 AM
    congrats on the contest placement Carolyn!!!!

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 6:51:00 AM
    Congratulations on your placement in Nikko's "Beyond Earth" contest Carolyn. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 5:32:00 AM
    Congratulations on your Earth Hour win Carolyn nice and thought provoking xx

  1. Date: 5/11/2012 5:02:00 AM
    Hi Carolyn! I really like the question you pose at the end here-- and of how becoming "blinded" would hopefully help us see! hugs to you, congrats and thank you for writing for this challenge :D

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    Date: 5/11/2012 5:02:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    and yes!! Cool showers are awesome on a hot day!
  1. Date: 5/11/2012 3:15:00 AM
    Carolyn congrats on another great win..David

  1. Date: 4/1/2012 11:39:00 AM
    Wonderful poetry Carolyn, has a message of importance that we all need to hear. The last verse about the critters touches me especially. LUv, Lizzie

  1. Date: 3/31/2012 1:18:00 PM
    Ahh Carolyn... good intentions so very well put, pleased to read this piece today..)

  1. Date: 3/31/2012 9:29:00 AM
    Nice to see someone else who turns down the heat and the lights at a regular basis. When I leave the house the heat gets turned down low and if summer the air is turned off. Who is it running for when no one is home. Will turn off the lights tonight. love phyl

  1. Date: 3/31/2012 12:35:00 AM
    Spending the time as i do in the created world vs the manufactured world, I really appreciate your voice. Keep writing! - Chuck

  1. Date: 3/29/2012 9:41:00 PM
    This is a spectacular write my friend! Especially the line, "Is one hour without light enough time to recharge?" a great closing line for an incredible poem! I love your write so very much, I can see it winning Carolyn! Great Work!!

  1. Date: 3/29/2012 6:03:00 PM
    i try to do more than that. i recycle most everything. but thanks for spreading the news about earthday. i think we need more than an hour of lights off. and more like an hour of lights on to teach people how to reduce their carbon foot print.

  1. Date: 3/29/2012 5:46:00 PM
    Wonderful write Carolyn, enjoyed hugs vie

  1. Date: 3/29/2012 5:15:00 PM
    great idea.. Nice job with the topic.. cory

  1. Date: 3/29/2012 4:56:00 PM
    Way to go Carolyn! If everyone did this it would be so beneficial in so many ways ...not just the power aspect but the awareness of it all. Great job of it. Poems need to change things for the better as this one does. Great job and thanks for your funny comment.

  1. Date: 3/29/2012 4:34:00 PM
    Very good tip. This is a lovely poem, I am sure it will do well in the contest. hugs, Catie :)