when did home become a four-letter word (part III)

the very idea of that special
(a-ha!) “light bulb moment”
has lost much of its immediacy
in this the era of the energy-
saving globe, as with the flick
of a switch our homes are instead
idly lit by the sickly flicker of
a fluorescent glow

for sadly banished
—in the name of
forward thinking—
are those incandescent
flashes of brilliant
vision forever more
to be viewed hereafter
as the stuff of yore

the modern mindset now insists
on this cold, scientific glare
reminiscent of being strapped
to the dentist’s chair, I fear, as
opposed to the original spirit of
edison’s genius invention of
so many merry yesteryears

indeed such a luddite as I am
I would feel far more delight to
bathe in candlelight than
to spend my life illuminated
by the excitation of a host of
so-called noble gases, these
unholy ghosts we keep trapped
like fireflies in vacuum bottles

and, yes, while I know we’re told the
environment itself alone demands
we fix our wicked ways I can’t help
but feel the sting of restricted mental
freedom as to how we choose to dispel
the fast-approaching loss of light within the
benighted halls of our much-belovéd homes.


* Please note, while not directly influenced by Don’s latest post (Light And Dark Holding Hands) on his Candid Impressions blog, I feel I must admit to a certain indebtedness within this poem to his thoughts around the subject of how we perceive light and dark in our lives. Inspiration comes in many forms, and I can’t entirely exclude the fact that I owe some credit to Don’s post, having read it prior to completing part III of my larger “when did home become a four-letter word” cycle. Either way, I would recommend all bloggers to check out Don’s site regardless, as it is always well worth a visit! 🙂

About Lorem Ipsum

Just some guy trying to figure out where the "on" switch is hid on the remote control—ah, forget it. Because, you know what, I'm also the kinda guy who always likes the book waaay more than the movie! View all posts by Lorem Ipsum

6 responses to “when did home become a four-letter word (part III)

  • Don

    Appreciate the mention Lorem. Love the post. You’ve always got something special to communicate.

    • Lorem Ipsum

      Thank you, Don, for the generous spirit with which you have approached both the poem and the concept of the possible cross-fertilization of ideas! Inspiration moves, most certainly, in mysterious ways. Cheers!

  • MyPoetryAndVerse

    Are you really that fond of the incandescent? There is, I suppose, a bit of romantic allure to the Edisonian heritage. I just wish that my kids would turn them off once in a while, drives me crazy. At least with CFLs I’m only wasting 25% as much energy. The new technology will take over, it’s just a matter of time. Hopefully there will still be choice for devotees of the old technology.

    • Lorem Ipsum

      Dare I say the debate over incandescent vs fluorescent is meant to be somewhat of a metaphor in the poem? While I readily admit I do prefer the old technology, I was also trying to explore whether they way we think as humans is equally subject to societal rules. Is it possible there won’t be any more individual geniuses in the mold of an Edison or an Einstein or a Newton, simply because of the pressure to conform to the current pervasiveness of group-think mentality?

  • Holistic Wayfarer

    I like the luddite and noble gases. What do you think of the line without the ago?

    “so many merry yesteryears ago”

    Because it is tucked into the yesteryears.

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