After revisiting winter as a metaphor with my last post, I’m feeling a bit poetic. My first attempt at poetry (in this blog — I wrote plenty of sappy rhymes in my school days) was a tribute to nature titled Poem: Word to Your Mother (Earth). The second one was called Verisimilitude: Leap Day Twenty Twenty Poem; it dealt with a day in the life and went a little into politics including the environment. In case you missed them, or have forgotten, enjoy. As for today’s words, they’re about the longest period of subfreezing weather in Texas for a long time and the third heaviest snowstorm ever, resulting in power outages and water line breaks for millions across the state and many here in Austin. In fact, there’s an Austin water crew digging up the street to fix a leak as I write. This poem is also about life, politics and nature; I’m beginning to see a theme.
What does nature and political poetry have to do with pedaling a bike? As always, I think the best weapon against climate change is the bicycle. It was warm enough today I went out for a 10-mile ride. If it’s cold where you are but you’re brave and layered up enough, be safe out there. Or if you have one, get on your stationery bike or put your bike on a home trainer like I did the last few days. And if you’re amongst the hoi polloi, well, I doubt you’re reading this dude’s blog, but if so, have fun on your Peloton. We don’t judge. But before your pedaling, or after, here’s my poem. I don’t claim to be a good poet, but it’s like art: I don’t know much about it, but I know what I like. Hey, I’m no Ralph Waldo Emerson or Mary Oliver. I hope you like it.
Snowmaggedon 2021 is receding Now ERCOT's finally succeeding In turning the power, heat and lights back on But now the damn water pressure's gone While people freeze and dehydrate Politicians finger-point and bloviate Texas thinks it's a whole other, better nation That's just gubernatorial mental masturbation But hey, with us, you better not mess Just quietly nod, smile, and say Gawd bless In Pueblo, Tejas means friendly Polite in front, knife in back, see? We're a shithole country, full of corruption Empty promises, chaos, and disruption The Gov. blames the wind and solar power We all know it's oil, coal and nuke's last hour So often, lies GOP politicians have uttered They know on what side their bread is buttered But sometimes lying is a sin of omission Why is oil and gas run by the Railroad Commission? This Texan dude just wants to take his walk and ride his bike Then come home to a warm meal and shower, if you like To find the water leaks, one must be a sleuth Dig deep in the earth -- eventually we'll uncover the truth It doesn't take much of an energy scholar To realize it's all about the almighty petrodollar Politicians are hostages to whomever makes a campaign donation To those with brains, this can hardly be a new revelation Instead of having to make water from an icicle Drive your damn car less and just ride your bicycle
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