November 10, 2016: Long Lost Limericks

The literary world was rocked and the energy/environmental community shocked by the Dead Poet Society Limerick Division’s recent release of a trove of energy related limericks by some of America’s most famous and beloved poets. Below are four examples from this new find, along with annotation by world renowned energy poetry expert Fred Kosnitsky, author of the recent book “Energy Limericks and Why They Matter.”

“The Size of the Prize Stirs a Rise” – by Ogden Cash

A group of South Burlingtonians

Competes for five million Samolians

Solar landfill and new lighting

Are just part of the fighting

To impress the George Washingtonians

 

Leaves of Sun – by Walt Wattman

I sing this not being hostile

But rather as an Apostle

Stop toiling for oil

And pass on the gas

No more fooling with fuels that are fossil

(Annotation: note the clever use of internal rhyming in lines three and four to replace the typical end of line rhyme)

 

The Refrigerator Not Taken – by Robert Frost-Free

To keep our food we’ve reliance

On this cooling and freezing appliance

And we search near and far

For that Energy Star

So no Star, no sale in defiance

(Annotation: while the Energy Star rating is a relatively new program, Frost-Free presciently spoke of it reflecting Yankee frugality)

Untitled – by Anonymous

Small Lawns serve to smarten the mower

Smart showerheads smarten the shower

It seems smarter choices

While raising their voices

Give people more part in their power

(Annotation: alliterations and internal rhyming galore, but a letter found with this poem showed a despondent poet – he?/she? was troubled by the imperfect rhyme [mower – shower} and thus never claimed authorship of this otherwise delightful ditty)

 

And finally, in a related breaking news story: The United Nations’ International Panel on Climate Change has confirmed with almost unanimous consensus that these findings of the Dead Poet Society Limerick Division are real and caused by human writing activity.