Electric Light, Oh What A Sight – The Amazing Power of Invention

Electric light, oh what a sight!

Dark as pitch, just turn the switch

No more candles on the mantle

Farmer’s dream, to harness steam

Idle cows watch metal plows

No oxen team to carve the seams

New invention, like the engine

Full of smiles, drive for miles

Nothing finer than a drive-in diner

Or the dreams on silver screens

Video players; invite the neighbors

Have a brew and barbeque

Discover treasure in backyard pleasure

No more chores, just head outdoors

Clothes are cleaned in washing machines

Time is saved by microwaves

And oh the coming of indoor plumbing

Amazing power from a real hot shower

No more freezing with central heating

And a love affair with central air

Both microscope and telescope

Now our eyes can scan the skies

Write new stories in laboratories

And by all means, those flight machines

High above, just like a dove

Time to dabble in some travel

Railway lines, we’re feeling fine

Clickety-clack of the tracks

Ride in style across the miles

Power sources, some enormous

Coal and gas, atomic mass

It’s no surprise we’re mechanized

Word access with the printing press

Beat the blues, just read the news

Or learn to cook, just read the book

Antibiotics and medical robotics

Extending our lives with fewer knives

Our growing wealth of better health

Missing home, pick up the phone

Or better yet, there’s the internet

College courses from on-line sources

Innovation across the nation

We’re all inventors and experimenters

Ignore the critics and push the limits

New solutions with executions

Goals sublime are not a crime

Leaves me with more time to rhyme

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R J Schwartz

I write about everything and sometimes nothing at all. I'm fascinated by old things, rusty things, abandoned places, or anywhere that a secret might be unearthed. I'm passionate about history and many of my pieces are anchored in one concept of time or another. I've always been a writer, dating back to my youth, but the last decade has been a time of growth for me. I'm continually pushing the limitations of vocabulary, syntax, and descriptive phrasing.

5 thoughts on “Electric Light, Oh What A Sight – The Amazing Power of Invention

  • July 11, 2018 at 2:33 PM

    Oh, cheers for the joys of modernization and technology. I love to read your unique style, Ralph, and your clever rhyme skills. This poem is delightful.

  • July 11, 2018 at 2:43 PM

    Thanks – This one started with a simple rhyme that I just could not get out of my head – Electric Light, Oh What a Sight!

  • July 16, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Your a master of the rhyme Ralph. It’s truly amazing how technology has enhanced all of our lives within even the past 30 years, can’t imagine what more lays ahead, I will be long gone by then, but I hope my Muse allows me to peek through the curtain of time on occasion to see what our Alien friends will pass on to humankind. I truly believe they walk among us and from the past have taught humans much of the technology we have today. Genius people like Leonardo DaVinci, Einstein, Tesla and others were gifted minds, could Aliens have implanted their visions and inventions purposely to pass them on to future generations? Well penned Ralph, I enjoyed it immensely.

  • July 17, 2018 at 6:17 PM

    Great job, Ralph, both in the rhyme scheme, and taking us on a journey through the history of technology. I enjoyed this.


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