No means of lighting a room
save for the candle sconces on the wall.

No stereo music playing
anywhere down the dark hall.

No refrigerator door
gets opened without reason.

No, it’s not even
the right time of season.

No snow should come to call
on a temperate October day in Fall.

(No snow should fall at all!)
Old Man Winter has a lot of gall!

No heat in the falling snow and sleet.
The furnace igniter is a non-lighter in snowfall!

No, not much of anything at all!
Except the crunch of more tree branches crashing,

No rehashing that no snow should come
to call in October, in the fall.

Nowhere else to go but back to bed,
pulling coverlets over my head.

No one knows how many more days, or minutes, or hours.
No power.

© Walter J. Wojtanik – 2016

Presented for “Margo Roby: Wordgathering” – Poem Tryouts: Lights Out


4 thoughts on “NO POWER

  1. I love the echo of the word, “all” it has the same sound as “aww” it can definitely feel gloomy and dark when we don’t know when the lights will come back on. Fun to read you, Walt. 🙂

  2. Ah, I loved it! I do miss a nice winter snowfall…but I wouldn’t want the one you describe in October. I, too, loved the repetition of “all”…for me, it added whimsy to a rather gloomy scenario (well…getting to stay in bed with coverlets over my head…? …that’s not so gloomy). 🙂

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