Friday, March 3, 2023

The Power Is Out

Frozen daylight, all lights off
Anyway, so that at first
You didn’t notice. Quiet

Snuck up on you, unaware.
When you realized the screen
Of your laptop had locked up,

You thought it was the Wi-Fi.
Then you saw the vampire lights—
Dishwasher, stove, microwave,

Power strip, toothbrush charger—
All gone dark, and nothing hummed.
At least you weren’t showering

In the windowless bathroom
Or busy in the kitchen.
So you sat, tapping your fingers,

Figuring you’d wait it out.
The power always comes back.
That was a month ago now.

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