How unfortunate to be there
when the power goes out
at two separate places
at two different times
on the same day.
It was one thing, the first time,
when the supermarket overheads
and everything else
—except a few quick-witted
flickered twice and went black,
flashed a blinding warning signal
—a truly brilliant half-second delay—
before leaving the whole sad storefull
frozen in Aisle 7, startled into silence
and forced into terrifying immobility
for a scary seven minutes.
Everyone survived. Everyone
muddled through; made it out alive.
Praise the Lord.
again, hours later…
RON. LAVALETTE lives on Vermont’s Canadian border. He has been very widely published in both print and pixel forms. His first chapbook, Fallen Away, is now available from Finishing Line Press, and a reasonable sample of his work can be found at EGGS OVER TOKYO http://eggsovertokyo.blogspot.com