A Prayer to Energy: The Literature of Efficiency

Thomas John Carlisle (October 11, 1913 – August 17, 1992) was an American poet, Presbyterian minister, and an expert on Emily Dickinson.

A Prayer

Help us to harness
the wind,
the water,
the sun,
and all the ready
and renewable
sources of power.
Teach us to conserve,
use wisely
the blessed treasures
of our wealth-stored earth.
Help us to share
your bounty,
not waste it,
or pervert it
into peril
for our children
or our neighbors
in other nations.
You, who are life
and energy
and blessing,
teach us to revere
and respect
your tender world.

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