Been schooled in waste but do my best
Try to conserve, but I’m not blessed
I stumble–fail many a test
Just like the rest, just like the rest.
Bear with me friends I do beseech,
This is a poem, not a speech
Conservation within our reach
don’t want to preach, don’t want to preach.
One day I saw a YouTube clip,
‘Lights on, lights off’–that was their tip
‘Boring’ I thought, but bit my lip
a brainwash trip, a brainwash trip.
Still I aimed for frugality
by cutting electricity–
‘On-Off’ stuck with tenacity
near mastery, near mastery.
New habits grow from what we do
and major benefits accrue
Lights off taps off–to name a few
will get us through, will get us through.
This poem is a ‘true story’. I did see a video that showed a finger turning a light switch off over and over–very lame I thought at the time, but surprisingly the image haunted me. It became my ‘turn off the light’ mental prompt. I couldn’t find that video, so here is a substitute:
The monotetra poem is this week’s Jane Dougherty Poetry Challenge form. For a rundown on the form and to see what other writers did with it, please follow the link.
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