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POETIC ART -

THE HYDROGEN CENTURY



COMMISSIONED FOR THE AMERICAN HYDROGEN ASSOCIATION

SILICON VALLEY CHAPTER



Twenty-first Century: The Hydrogen Century.


It will mark a new epoch,

a new age,

a radical departure

in human development -

the first time we

seriously

begin to use

renewable resources,

a sustainable fuel

to power

our culture,

our civilization.


Twenty-first Century: The Hydrogen Century.


It is the next step

in technology’s

progression.

Just as once

coal displaced

the cutting of

firewood,

now the moment is here

when fossil fuel use

is obsolete.


Twenty-first century: The Hydrogen Century.


For untold thousands of years,

since fire was discovered,

Homo Sapiens has powered

countless

historical

societies

everywhere,

big and small,

from

utterly primitive

to

the most advanced

with one form of fire

or another,

paying little heed,

if any,

to the

invisible gases

our machines emitted.

Now,

without even

having

intended it,

humanity’s

incessant

burning

has given our species

the very

ability,

almost godlike,

in some perverse sort of way.

to alter the very

sphere we inhabit,

that is,

make it uninhabitable.

We must now,

Like it or not,

wake up

and pay keen attention

to our environmental achievements

before they kill us.

We must run on a fuel

that does not

destroy our earth.


Twenty-first Century: The Hydrogen Century


The shift,

Perception as well as technology,

 will not be

all at once

but little by little,

beginning in

small measures,

out of the way places,

little niches,

the seemingly

unimportant,

like the parable

of the mustard plants

that started out as

the smallest seeds of all

until they grew to decorate

everything,

in field after field,

with bright colored

yellow flowers.


Twenty-first Century: The Hydrogen Century.


We will start out

with what

some would call,

trivial devices,

like portable

hydrogen

fuel cell

backpack

generators

for small appliances,

like radios and

emergency lighting;

back yard barbecues

and homes that suddenly

leave the power grid

and break free.

We will laugh at ourselves,

enjoy our own

silliness

and have fun

as we

reinvent the world.


Twenty-first Century: The Hydrogen Century.


The replacement may be slow

(or perhaps not,

if we are

sufficiently

intelligent)

It may take

beyond all our lifetimes

to complete.

This is to be expected.

The last conversion,

from coal to oil,

took over

sixty years,

and the hydrogen revolution

will be far deeper.


Twenty-first Century: The Hydrogen Century.


This will be the time

the human race

finally reaches

maturity

by ceasing to steal

from the future

and

commences,

the use of

sustainable

and renewable

resources.


Twenty-first Century: The Hydrogen Century.


There is a story

about

a caveman

who froze to death

on a large pile of

black coal.

The time has finally arrived

to leave that mound

for the fuel that is found

all around us.


Twenty-first Century: The Hydrogen Century.


Long epochs ago,

we left the Stone Age

for the Bronze Age,

then the Iron Age,

followed by,

much later,

the Industrial Age

and,

most recently,

the Information Age.

The Twenty-first Century

shall be the subtle launch pad for

the Hydrogen Age,

the Age of the Sun,

wind

and power

that lasts

for billions of years.

This exchange will be

 far more profound,

qualitatively

than all the others.

Let us begin, then,

to write our own history

to make it.

It can be grand.

It will be grand.


Twenty-first Century: The Hydrogen Century.



COPYRIGHT 1998, 2000, 2013 by STEPHEN C. WETLESEN,

POETIC ARTIST


SCWetlesen@aol.com



Stephen C. Wetlesen, published Poetic Artist, University of California Berkeley graduate, has been commissioned to create original works for almost any kind of need or occasion, including but not limited to business presentations, educational needs, fundraising, advertising, weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, family gatherings, infant birth ceremonies, reunions, graduations, seasonal holidays, religious events and celebrations, formal engagement parties or announcements, memorial services, Mother’s or Father’s Day, ceremonies pertaining to any cultural group,  Valentine’s Day, Christmas, Passover, Easter, romantic occasions, dances, dinners, musical concerts, retirements, socials, political events, artistic and cultural events or just about any other kind of party, event or gathering one can name, or just to send a loved one, friend or family member special messages of affection in the same way others send flowers or chocolates.