Winning Entry in Student Poetry Contest: 'Something About Energy'

December 17, 2015

Something About Energy End-of-Year Video and Blog

By Abel H.

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I aspire to acquire the words to tell you this

But forever fossil fuels? Now that's ridiculous

Eventually, these resources will run out

Like saliva, in a dried out mouth

Humans I swear are crazy strange

They don’t care that they've caused irreversible climate change

So the way we think about energy needs to be rearranged

And take a view like me, and at a young age

Opinions, I’m self-forming

Because I know that this world is transforming

Icebergs melting, global warming

But I hope you know this and my message is not informing

Man, I really hope humans don’t wait till the last hour

Late at night, thinking in the shower

Telling his boss the next day during happy hour

“Sir, why don’t we use solar power?”

Is it necessary for us to tear our Earth’s mantel?

When it’s so easy to harness solar power with a solar panel

It’s time we take action, so don’t just ramble

I’ll do it myself if the job’s too hard to handle

It’s clear to me that solar panels, we need them greatly

Because humans have been absentminded lately

So shout it from the rooftops, and don’t be a coward

This idea can change how our world is powered

Abel is the winner of SunPower’s Student Slam Poetry Competition. The eleventh-grader at Winters High School in Winters, CA., was recently recorded performing his poem in a video shot by SunPower at our newly completed 16.3MW solar power plant at the University of California, Davis. The power plant, the largest of its kind at any U.S. university, generates 14 percent of the campus’ electricity needs. Watch the video.