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Dogs 2016

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the lights
flicker

dim

go out
completely

come back
after 30 seconds

a minute
later
they extinguish
for good

being evening
the darkness
initially envelopes
absolutely

from the windows
no illumination
can be seen
in the vicinity

10 minutes later
cars from the neighborhood
begin leaving
en masse

like angry
wasps
from a disturbed
nest

I'm relieved
that no one
is living with me
to complain

to sting

after
15 minutes
it beomes evident
that this may not
be a short term
problem

the eyes
have adjusted

I am surprised
by the amount
of ambient light
from a nighttime
sky

I choose not
to opt
for flashlights

for candles

after years
in this house
I can easily
find my way
around
in the dark

I begin
working out

what
I had planned
to do
anyway

something
I could do
with my eyes
closed

I think
of the time
that the power
was out
for a week

running
through a mental
checklist
of lessons
learned

preparations
to be made

I think about
the food
in the refrigerator

my inability
to prepare
some of it

that thought
leads the next
to the fireplace

what's available
that could be cooked
over a fire

finally
the blinking lights
of a service truck
pass by

a sight
that says
no control room fix
has been found

that the problem
is still
being sought

that at least
whatever it is
is local

after an hour
of exercise
I sit
for a bit

enjoy
the dim
silent
world

a post-Christmas
peace

a peace
that seemed missing
from the holiday

the darkness

the quiet
are comforting

I was made
for these
interludes

these
escapes

suddenly
the lights
flicker

alarms sound
from the powered
appliances

they all
go off
again

then come on
for good

or at least
for the foreseeable
future

the neighbors
should be buzzing
back
to their glowing
homes soon

I'm glad
that everyone
can return
to their usual
normals

I'll surely
miss my
unusal one