In The Moment

Vintage Words


Unexpectedly, the rain took out

the electricity because wind came

at us high and wires snapped. You 

hear the house go whoomp when

transformers blow and the tv

and refrigerator join the darkness.


Like post auto accident, shock

sets in and with no back-up

generator, you sit in the moment

helpless, wondering if death

is the next thing or will there

be more time.


We do not like being at anyone's

mercy, but we are joined at the hip

to our microwaves and crock pots.

In the moment it all stops, we

reach for batteries and back-ups

wondering briefly if this 

is the big one.


We sigh looking outside ascertaining

that the world is simply dark but still there.

We know eventually it will pulse with light

again in spite such moments that make

us fear. Again, we learn to discover

in our moment of trembling, nothing

is amiss or odd except unexpected








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