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Oil lamps and candles

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Oil lamps and candles

Oil lamps and candles
Used to guide men through the night
Shelved by electric light bulbs
And now a novel form of light

Unique hand crafted metal works
Were the smith's and owners pride
Until electric power tools
Swept that trade aside

Brute force had been the mainstay
Of ships in locomotion
Until fuels replaced that form
To power ships across the ocean

We're now in the atomic age,
Approaching the midnight hour,
Trying to harness for good and bad
Its radioactive power

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  1. Date: 11/26/2012 5:44:00 PM
    Hi Jon I like short poems like this to, Straight to the point. Are there any more trades to sweep aside, No I would have loved to been around when thousands of people worked. No machinery just people employed crafting

    Cavanaugh Avatar Jon A Cavanaugh
    Date: 11/28/2012 10:35:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for your comment and visit. I enjoy the ease of sitting at a desk and pushing buttons.
  1. Date: 11/26/2012 2:11:00 PM
    Caste not your ashen shadows on the wall, let blood filled life yet remain, impress me with the bloom of cherry blossum, not the ashen shae of pain....Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 10:46:00 AM
    Nice. Consider "Wind force", maybe? Cheers, Roy

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 6:33:00 AM
    Yeah, we are moving on. But I hope we still remember to use those things and remember the past. That is who we are. We can't be who we are if we don't know how we come to be. Enjoyed. Have an awesome week, Jon. Love ya, Toquyen

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 6:18:00 AM
    From then to now; from what to how all done up with a wonderful tale from our history. Still love candles, they do so much for romance! :) Special!

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 5:58:00 AM
    With blinding speed we hurtle forward into the future, reminiscing about the past and the way things used to be! Great write... Jack

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 5:48:00 AM
    Jon, great historical overview... 'progress' from the cave man to... extinction??? with all the intermediate steps along the path... Wonderful poem... Terry

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 4:46:00 AM
    Jon, I like this unusual theme, it does leave it with a scary ending to life ...David

  1. Date: 11/26/2012 4:17:00 AM
    So well written and true....Seren

    Cavanaugh Avatar Jon A Cavanaugh
    Date: 11/26/2012 4:32:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on my poem. And a lovely comment too. Have a wonderful week Seren.