Office Blackout

Written for:  Margo Roby’s Poem Tryouts:  Lights Out
An unscheduled outage is what we’re looking for. Think back over your life to times when the electricity went out unexpectedly. Jot notes on the things you couldn’t, or could, do because of the loss of various electrical appliances, not to mention lights. How much of a nuisance was it? How helpless did you feel? Or did you revel in having no choice about certain things? If you want, go universal and comment on the dependency we have on electrical items.

Monday, workday–
overload as usual.
People barely nod
to each other
as they remove
boots, coats, scarves,
and gloves. Forty-eight
hours of time off
in miserable weather.
Bosses unhappy,
assistants annoyed.
Blink, blink, blink overhead.
All the lights go dead. Phones
cease jangling, computers are
black and silent as a cold night.
One half hour of idle chit-chat.
Power does not resume. Next sound
is that of stampeding feet
click-clacking down stairs,
and exiting the building.

Short  Monday,tall grins.

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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5 Responses to Office Blackout

  1. sumyanna says:

    Yay! Another snow day bit you probably had work waiting for you when you got home. Like dinner being to be made – without electricity. No fun! Love your write.

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  2. Marie Elena says:

    Clever, clever final line. 🙂


  3. Misky says:

    What a joyous feeling!


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