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Comment from Cindy Warren
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It's fun to camp out for a few days in the summer, but I wouldn't want to try it in the winter. What on earth would we do without our creature comforts when it's -40? Without the grid, I don't think Mother Nature could support the population we have now. I agree, better keep the grid.

 Comment Written 13-Aug-2016


reply by the author on 13-Aug-2016
    Hi Cindy. Thank you for your review of this piece. Our infrastructure is woefully outdated. Everything we do is connected to the grid. Our water, communications, power--everything. Hopefully, it will not fail. Marilyn
Comment from bichonfrisegirl
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Boy oh boy, can I ever relate to this write, Marilyn! I don't think I'd make a good "prepper". I hit the panic button while away on vacation when I had no charge left on my I-phone, and I was driving alone very far from home in unfamiliar territory.

Society would be in for a rude shock if faced with going off the grid! Your poem expresses this very well. "Stave off roving bands as ancestors did" ... are we prepared for that?? I don't think so!

Your poem is well written and is thought provoking. You are right, to live off the grid for a few days is tranquility, but to live off of the grid permanently is another story. We have become SO reliant on it for everything.

A great write, Marilyn!

Connie

 Comment Written 13-Aug-2016


reply by the author on 13-Aug-2016
    Hi Connie. Thank you for your great review. To be permanently off the grid would insure survival of only the most hardy and prepared people--the "preppers." The most vulnerable wouldn't make it, nor would they want to. Let's hope the grid never fails. I'm so appreciative of your star rating. :) Marilyn
Comment from Mae 222
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Very interesting type of poetry. Beas Peas I enjoyed reading it.
It is something everyone should learn to do,( living off the Grid,) as one day
someone might just have to do that, who knows? Thank you so much for
the knowledge of your poem story. Blessings be yours.

Hugs, Mae 222

 Comment Written 13-Aug-2016


reply by the author on 13-Aug-2016
    Hi Mae. Thank you for your astute review of my poem and for "getting it." For a vacation, it's something we enjoy, feel the old pioneer spirit of our ancestors. But, long term off the grid or permanently off the grid would change life as we know it. Marilyn
reply by Mae 222 on 13-Aug-2016
    God Bless you Marilyn.

    Hugs, Mae
reply by the author on 13-Aug-2016
    Right back to you, too, Mae. Blessings.
Comment from Joan E.
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Your poem is thought provoking--I admired the contrast between the pleasure of being off the grid voluntarily for a short time and being challenged to be a "survivalist". I enjoyed your reference to the "preppers" and random rhymes. Cheers and best wishes in the contest- Joan

 Comment Written 12-Aug-2016


reply by the author on 12-Aug-2016
    Hi Joan. Thank you very much for "getting it." Makes my day. I appreciate your great review.
Comment from Thomas Bowling
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I thought of the Tesla home battery. Hook it up to a solar panel and presto, your off the grid. It stores enough power to run your whole house. I only hope there's enough to go around.

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 Comment Written 12-Aug-2016


reply by the author on 12-Aug-2016
    Hi Thomas. This is incorrect if we are permanently off the grid due to aging infrastructure or terrorism. Have you read or are you aware of the vulnerability to being permanently off the grid? You can read about it. That's what the preppers are about. Even if you have a phone, there would be no one to talk to as life as we know it would cease to exist. That is the premise of my piece. To spend a week, a month, etc., off the grid may be fine but not permanently. Be careful how you disseminate your star ratings.
Comment from Dean Kuch
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Well, out here in my rural neck-of-the woods in southeastern Ohio, we have gardens where we raise our own vegetables. We shoot deer for food, slaughter our own hogs and cattle for our supper, raise chickens for eggs and meat, and most of us are armed to the teeth with small personal arsenals.

So, yeah, a country boy (or girl) can and will survive. Grid, or no grid.
You do raise some interesting points for the masses to contemplate.
Luckily, I don't consider myself to be a part of the mainstream masses.

Best wishes to you in the contest.
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 Comment Written 12-Aug-2016


reply by the author on 12-Aug-2016
    Thank you for your review, Dean.
Comment from Mystic Angel 7777
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This is a wonderfully penned entry and a very thought provoking read. I loved the approach since in today's world it is a very thin line between the weekend adventurer who simply want to commune with nature and the survivalist forced to live off the land. I wish you all the best in the voting and thank you very much for sharing it.

 Comment Written 12-Aug-2016


reply by the author on 12-Aug-2016
    Thank you, Angel. I appreciate your thoughtful review and comments.
reply by Mystic Angel 7777 on 12-Aug-2016
    After reading them all, you earned my vote too :). Good luck!
reply by the author on 12-Aug-2016
    Thank you, so much.
Comment from Bill Schott
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This poem, Ah, To Be Off the Grid, presents the stark contrast between wanting to away from it all and being thrust into the Stone Age. It makes one look up and realize all that threatens us.

 Comment Written 12-Aug-2016


reply by the author on 12-Aug-2016
    Thank you, Bill, for "getting it." I appreciate your fine review.
Comment from giraffmang
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Hi there,

You did a really good job with this piece. the second rhymed verse underscores the rest of the piece and work well. If the grid goes down, society will collapse. there's a whole generation of people who know nothing else.

Good strong piece
GMG

 Comment Written 11-Aug-2016


reply by the author on 11-Aug-2016
    You are 100% correct. The possibility is real. Only the hardiest and most skilled will survive. Thank you for your astute review.
Comment from Sandra du Plessis
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A very well-written poem. We should be prepared for anything that may happen any time. We pray of course for the best, bit still be prepared.

 Comment Written 11-Aug-2016


reply by the author on 11-Aug-2016
    Thank you, Sandra, for your review. I agree that it's something nobody would ever want to happen and let's pray it won't. Marilyn