Give Me the Power!

The Power

Give Me the Power


Do we appreciate the power

man has been gifted?

Anything is possible,

within our grasp?

First the knowledge

to make fire,

the skill to craft a wheel.

Progress raced ahead.

Telling time

by the sun’s position.


by following the stars.

Gas lighting,

the horse and buggy,

then automobiles.

Bell’s telephone,

Edison’s lightbulb

and electricity for power.


 The power is out!

What will we do?

Quick grab a flashlight,

find the candles and matches.

Oh God, no TV!

The phone’s not working,

there’s no water, the pump’s off.

No Internet….agh!

Thank God for batteries,

especially in the laptop and iPad.

I can at least read an eBook.


They aren’t charged…agh!

I’ll just have to read a ‘real’ book,

by candlelight.

How primitive.

by John Hansen © 2016


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) His kite experiment demonstrated that lightning is electricity. He was the first to use the terms positive and negative charge. Franklin was one of seventeen children. He quit school at age ten to become a printer. His life is the classic story of a self-made man achieving wealth and fame through determination and intelligence.

Michael Faraday (1791-1867) an Englishman, made one of the most significant discoveries in the history of electricity: Electromagnetic induction. His pioneering work dealt with how electric currents work. Many inventions would come from his experiments, but they would come fifty to one hundred years later.

Failures never discouraged Faraday. He would say; “the failures are just as important as the successes.” He felt failures also teach. The farad, the unit of capacitance is named in the honor of Michael Faraday.

Thomas Alva Edison (1847-1931) was one of the most well known inventors of all time with 1093 patents. Self-educated, Edison was interested in chemistry and electronics.During the whole of his life, Edison received only three months of formal schooling, and was dismissed from school as being retarded, though in fact a childhood attack of scarlet fever had left him partially deaf.

Nikola Tesla was born of Serbian parents July 10, 1856 and died a broke and lonely man in New York City January 7, 1943. He envisioned a world without poles and power lines. Referred to as the greatest inventive genius of all time. Tesla’s system triumphed to make possible the first large-scale harnessing of Niagara Falls with the first hydroelectric plant in the United States in 1886.

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

6 thoughts on “Give Me the Power!

  • October 10, 2016 at 7:06 PM

    So poignant John, especially for us in SA with the power outages. It’s so true, we have come along way; but what happens when there’s no power, when all we know and use is based upon it. Makes you wonder how far we really have come. We are addicted and completely dependent upon our creations, and without them we are doomed. Nicely penned my friend.

  • October 10, 2016 at 7:46 PM

    Thanks, Tony. I knew your recent experiences in SA would certainly help you relate to this.

  • October 11, 2016 at 6:07 AM

    Nice twist, John. At first I thought it was merely a recital of accomplishments, but after the “wait” you took it to a deeper level and peaked my interest.

  • October 11, 2016 at 6:57 AM

    Thanks, Jerry. it’s always good to throw in a twist. Cheers.

  • October 12, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Great poem, John. I had to laugh when I read “primitive” for actually reading a real book. The information you provided on the inventors is wonderful. I did not know some of the facts you mention. Well done, indeed, John.

    Edit: PS: that image is too funny!

  • October 13, 2016 at 3:52 AM

    Thanks, Phyllis. Glad you got a laugh out of this. That wasn’t my first choice of image, but when I saw it I had to use it.


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