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In The Dark
by KaZ Brownlee

Sunday, March 25, 2007
Rated "G" by the Author.
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Muses on another black out on my island.

Winter wind howls.

A cracking sound.

A loud thud.

Another tree down.

And another,

And another.

Lights flicker.

All electricity ceases.


For the 13th time.

We weren’t meant to live

Like this.

In this day,

In this age,

In the Dark.

Bathtubs filled with water.

Freezers closed tightly.


Power resumes

Before Food spoils

36, no, 38 candles

Light the dark.

We trudge outside for more firewood.

The wind howling through the trees

Sounds like a train

But there are no trains on my island.

I sit at the window

Absorbing the last few glimpses

Of light

Will there be

Another night ,

Another day,

In the dark?

How deeply can trees bend?

Surrounded by trees I watch them

Bow to each other

And dance and circle.

They shed their limbs like

Unnecessary accessories,

Then stand still

No wind, no rain

Eerie calm,

The Calm before…

The next snap, crack, thud

Old fashioned phones, flashlights, propane stoves,

Candles, endless candles.

Staples on this island.

Build and fire in the fireplace and

Wait in silence -

Eerie silence.

No matter-find something to do.




The trees begin to perform a frantic dance again,

Waving their tentacles erratically.

A tree in the road

Keeps me in,

Keeps others out.

The Raven caws,

Again and again,

Unaffected by the loss of electricity.

But where does he perch

When the trees shake him loose

From their limbs?

I shall light the stove and make sweet tea,

Stoke the fire,

And wait -

In the dark.
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Reviewed by Paul Berube 3/26/2007

An excellent rendition of waiting out the storm.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 3/25/2007
Kaz, a beautiful description of all tha wonders of surviving another storm. So vivid, I believe I was watching with you. Enjoyed.
Be safe,
Reviewed by Andy Turner (Reader) 3/25/2007
Seems very romantic to me....

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