We have hot days now—
days of cool food
and summer’s oven.
Thermostat at 85,
shades drawn in mid-day,
fans stirring the air,
solar panels collecting rays…
no way am I heating the kitchen,
cooking those beans
with electricity.

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Glad
for the solar oven,
set on the grass
in the backyard,
wide open to the sun,
with only a few minor moves
as Earth does.

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By suppertime,
perfectly cooked,
zero carbon footprint
beans.
Delicious.

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