Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Day 27 NaPoWriMo

A Time the Lights Went Out April 29, 2008
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We were watching
the channel 13 news
at 5:30 with Kiley Bennett

He in his recliner
and me sideways
on the couch

with my legs stretched out.
There’d been a killing
in Portland, a car crash

on I-95 near mile marker 14
with two fatalities, and
tornadoes in the Midwest.

Then nothing. The screen
went black and our minds
went blank. We looked

at each other. Now what?
“Want to play cribbage?”
We got the cards and board out,
I moved closer to him
and we started playing, laughing,
smirking, swearing, chuckling.

Then the TV blinked
back on and we put
the cards away.

I returned to my couch
and the news,
unsmiling.

3 comments:

paisley said...

girl,, i never ever ever watch the news in any form... i like to glean what i feel is responsible reporting from the net,, and do my own summarizing....

Jan Doble said...

my husband's younger brother tom was killed in a car wreck on I-95 between Portland and Waterville a couple of years ago. A tragic waste. We wish the lights had stayed out so we didn't have to find out:(

Joe said...

Very nice Linda! I was searching for cribbage on google and found your poem. Thank you for sharing. I hope you don't mind I linked to you at my cribbage blog, Cribbaholics Unanimous.

Cheers!
Joe

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