Matt Harvey – The Festive Spirit of Giving

Matt Harvey The Element in the Room

Writer, poet, enemy of all that’s difficult and upsetting, Matt Harvey’s way with words has taken him from Totnes to the Wimbledon Tennis Championships via Saturday Live, the Edinburgh Festival and the Work section of the Guardian. He is host of Wondermentalist – Radio 4’s comedy-infused, musically enhanced interactive poetry cabaret – and author of The Hole in the Sum of my Parts(Poetry Trust), Where Earwigs Dare (Green Books) and Mindless Body Spineless Mind. He is currently Poet in Residence for Regen South West, with whom he launched his latest collection, The Element in the Room, a collection of poems inspired by renewable energy. We thought we would share one of Matt’s poems that was inspired by one of The Naturesave Trust projects….

To Whom Does Energy Belong?
Totnes Renewable Energy Society (TRESOC) issued a share offer in spring 2014 with the opportunity to invest up to £1.5 million into six hydro and roof mounted solar PV projects, offering a collective return of £136,000 per year over 20-30 years.

To whom does energy belong
The energy that’s everywhere?
To you, to me, to anyone
Who’ll back TRESOC and buy a share

It flows from those who engineer
The means, put physics to the test
Tap elements from far and near,
To all those willing to invest –

Invest in schemes and sweet techniques
Both cutting edge and nothing new
For modern geeks and Ancient Greeks
Admire an Archimedes Screw

The spin-off of the river’s flow
A silver lining of the cloud
Discreet skim from the sun’s warm glow
Embezzlement that is allowed

Afraid don’t be to use the Force
It’s ethical as you could wish
And close at hand and free at source
It’s clean, it’s green, it’s kind to fish

Affords the fuel-poor, cash-strapped
(Whose rooftops catch the solar rays)
A benefit that can’t be capped
Except by clouds and shorter days

For when it shines and when it pours
– On one or both we can depend –
The good accrues to you and yours
When you’re TRESOC’s all-weather friend

So join the push to prime the pump
Put pounds and pennies in the pot
Prepare to take the plunge and jump
And generate the Megawatt!

Ensure this share floatation floats
– A buoyancy aid for everyone –
Unfurl your twenty-one pound notes
Step up, plunge in, splash out, shine on

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