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On Wednesday and Thursday, brief electrical
storms caused brief electrical outages of less
than two hours, disrupting my work and forcing
me to read from paper by daylight.

Since my wheelchairs are battery powered and
I rely on air conditioning to keep me comfortable
because my paralyzed body is highly sensitive to
temperature, I fear any long term outage
common here after hurricanes.


What does it mean to have power?
Is it a trip? Or a switch flip?

Pick your poison; it doesn't matter. 
It boggles the mind to shatter.

All concepts of time and space,
to have the power to erase.

Everything into a black hole of doubt,
turning what is inside, out.

Take for example, the Higgs boson,
the "God particle" of physics chosen.

To be the source of the Big Bang,
creating every ying and alter yang.

Or the boss in your neighborhood,
power for evil, or power for good?

Money has power, so they say.
Give them a pittance, keep them in sway.

The power to lead, but not control.
The freedom to prosper, or take the dole.

But my power problem comes down to this,
when the power goes out, I get pissed.

My computers don't work, batteries go dead.
No heat and AC is something I dread.

My life is balanced on the electrical wire,
without power in it, light the funeral pyre.

At least then, I'll be warm.

Copyright 2012 © Ronald W. Hull



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Reviewed by Ed J. 7/22/2012
Nature has such power and destructive ability but with it a beauty unmatched. We at natures mercy no matter what we do or have. Thoughtful write.

Stay well and keep writing
Reviewed by T Jett (Reader) 7/20/2012
I didnt have power for nearly two days not long and I was so worried for those that rely on power to meet their daily needs. I hope all is well now, Ron. Wonderfully written.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 7/20/2012
You certainly make some good points and have got me thinking, Ron. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

Reviewed by Victoria's Poetry & Voices of Muse 7/19/2012
I used to be a live in staff for a quad friend
so I totally know the inside scoop on storm outages
I would hope you have a generator Ron, as we don't
want that last stanza happening
-though that is a mighty fine close to your power poem!!

Blessings & Propane Generators
Reviewed by Diana Legun (Reader) 7/17/2012
I like this write, Ron. Shows good fiery spirit and an upswing finish. "To be the source of the Big Bang,/creating every ying and alter yang." Good. ~~ DIana
Reviewed by Laurel Lamperd 7/16/2012
Yes, Ron, you have driven home at how dependent we are on the electricity connected to the house until it's not available.

Reviewed by Annabel Sheila 7/16/2012
That last line made me giggle, but's only when the power is out we truly realize how completely dependent we are on it! I do hope you don't have to suffer any long term outages this season, Ron...I can't even imagine how awful it would be....

Reviewed by JMS Bell 7/15/2012
Reviewed by Tom Hyland 7/15/2012
RON ...

Just posted my story ...
certainly not life/death like yours ...
but very, very inconvenient ...

Peace ...
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 7/15/2012
Folks. To clear things up. I'm not getting an expensive generator and have no fear of power outages after 30 years of them--usually only momentary--like today. Longest was about 8 hours during hurricane Ike.

We have contingency plans for hurricanes. We are in a suburb with many essential services needing power and have underground service. If things would get unbearable, I will get in my van and drive to a shelter or another city.

Reviewed by Vivian Dawson 7/15/2012
Losing "power" is so stifling to a
creative mind such as yours *Ron*
thank you for the insight

Lady Vivian
Reviewed by Laura Fall 7/15/2012
Power outages is no fun and especially with the heat having no fans or air its rough hope that your power remains Great write as always Laura
Reviewed by Edward Phillips 7/15/2012
Some minds were meant to be forever plugged in. Yours is one of them. Power to the poets!

Reviewed by Mr. Ed 7/15/2012
I hope your power continues, my friend.
Reviewed by Jane Noponen Perinacci 7/14/2012
I remember getting a portable radio that took flashlight batteries. Man! I went to the beach and played that thing! Kids always gathered on my blanket. Anyhow, get a generator!

Love ya!


Reviewed by Jon Willey 7/14/2012
the hum of transformer lamintations is something we do not think about, until the ac power goes out - with your dependency upon electrical power the sounds of silence are intrusive and mean physical discomfort and communications are halted - I do not envy what you must endure in those times - your tenacity is a vital ally in those times - I wish you love and peace my friend - Jon Michael
Reviewed by John Flanagan 7/14/2012
You're a brave man, Ron,
and i can sympathise with your concerns
and predicament when the power's off - it
can be very stressful- but you possess the courage
and spirit to overcome.
Thank You for sharing this insight.

Reviewed by Chip Bergeron 7/14/2012 takes a lot of courage to have to live the way you must, to always feel tethered to an electric cord. My late wife was on oxygen 24/7, and the 50 feet of tubing thast connected her to the tank was pretty much the radius of her world. You and she are far braver than I will ever be.

Be strong,

Reviewed by jude forese 7/14/2012

we all seem to rely more on electrical power these days ... i can't imagine what it's like for those who are literally hooked up for survival .... your poem communicates that postulation ...

cool ending
Reviewed by Felix Perry 7/14/2012
Hope for your sake that power outage is short and returned as quickly as possible.
Reviewed by Kate Clifford 7/14/2012
We often forget how lucky we are until we read this. For me power outages just mean inconvident moments....nothing the summer, spring and fall. However in winter it can mean the loss of paint...acrylic doe's not do well in 20 30 below weather. If it is long time it can mean death for those that do not have homes. Winter blizzards are wild and beautiful...but often deadly.
Reviewed by richard cederberg 7/14/2012
A moving insight into your life, Ron. Getting 'pissed' (I'm thinking) is probably healthier than cowering in fear. richard
Reviewed by Abdi-Noor Mohamed (Eagle Of Hope) 7/14/2012
well expressed sentiments about how power is part of your life. thanks Ronald.
Reviewed by Lily of Lough Neagh C. Dennis-Woosley 7/14/2012
Egads... well-done and aptly written about power, but I echo Ed see the possibility of a generator.

It is unfortunate that for your own personal survival this must be depended upon. How helpless one can feel when power holds them to life and death, as many forms of power overwhelm those who have no control of the outcome.

Love and Light
Reviewed by Odin Roark 7/14/2012
A non-sentimental portrait of the many facets of "Power" rendered with heart and passion, never forgetting the irony of death. Well done.
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 7/14/2012
...invest in a generator...u may not use it for 10 years but once and that once will be life or death for you..e.
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