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Earth Hour

By Dee Allen

MARCH 26, 2022 – 8:30pm to 9:30pm PT

On this Saturday evening,

I took a break

From electricity.

Decisive move,

Hand to wall switch.

Lights off. Candles on.

Lit match to a few candle wicks.

Shadows on walls and ceiling shimmy,

Dance to flame's spontaneous rhythm.

Dimly lit

Comfort zone, filled with

Comfort food on a plate, all plant-based.

Black bean burgers on sourdough with

Spicy brown mustard, pickles,

French fries on the side, sea salt-seasoned,

Pineapple juice, icy-cold, in

A glass mug to wash down my

Cruelty-free repast. Purple grapes—saved for later.

My eyes took on a feast of their own:

Documentary on YouTube

On Chernobyl—Nuclear disaster area

Or ecological miracle?

Village rewilds despite slow decay.

Menagerie of animals roam free—Humans long gone.

Ten minutes left.

Like last time,

Meditate. Brown eyes shut. Bald Black head lowered.

Draw deep breaths. In. Out. In. Out.

Thoughts set on her,

Our endangered Earth—

Flash floods on the Gulf Coast,

Typhoons in the Philippines,

American Southwest dry to the extreme,

The Amazon and California burn in the Summer—

Thoughts set on everything

We could lose—

On this Saturday evening,

I took a break

From electricity.

Transient time to reflect on my only home.

Redemption from neglect, though, will take more than 60

minutes. Lights off. Candles on.

W: 3.12.23


Dee Allen is an African-Italian performance poet based in Oakland, California. Active on creative writing & Spoken Word since the early 1990s. Author of 7 books--Boneyard, Unwritten Law, Stormwater, Skeletal Black [all from POOR Press], Elohi Unitsi [Conviction 2 Change Publishing], Rusty Gallows: Passages Against Hate [Vagabond Books] and Plans [Nomadic Press]--and 68 anthology appearances under his figurative belt so far.


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