Daylight Savings Time – A Poem
For the day that’s in it (in Europe anyway) here’s a reminder
And a hint of what might be to come when we get serious about savings…
Daylight Savings Time
Don’t forget to reset your watch
Tonight, the clocks go forward
One hour for “summer time” so
We have an extra hour of
Daylight in the evenings.
Since the twenties this tradition
Has saved us several billion dollars a year!
Well, today’s the day –
The one you’ve been waiting for:
The first day of summer!
The kids are on holidays and
Those of you still stuck in the office
Can at least discard that shirt and
Tie for the next three months!
That’s right! It is also “dressing down day”,
Officially known as “summer energy savings time”,
When businesses, from now till September,
Have to set a new trend in dress code:
Shirts, sandals and tee-shirts. It’s all part of
The effort to save on air conditioning electricity.
Set your video for the Simpson’s tonight:
You won’t be home to watch them live!
Yes; this evening begins the “summer siesta season”:
Those three months when the work day changes
From nine to five, up until eight,
With a three-hour break between two and five
To escape that sultry, early afternoon heat,
Now that air-conditioning has been outlawed
To lower the outlandish energy costs.
Tomorrow is the big day –
“Winter energy savings time”,
Or “Migration Day” as it’s more widely known!
Everyone knows the drill by now –
Unless energetically independent or indispensable,
All those north of the forty-fifth parallel
In the central continental states
Will move south of that line for winter time,
So as we can all avoid the huge heating
Waste those places used to face.