Had netlessness for most of day:
Our power was curtailed;
The cutting-off of trees away
From lines, was why it failed. 

The opportunity was took
Defrosting fridge to do,
And also, then, to take a look
At D I Ys, a few. 

The kind, with electricity,
Which gives one quite a shock,
But when the house is voltage-free
Then lacks that current block.

Of course, a danger therein lies:
If they should switch it back,
To give a rather bad surprise
And spark off an attack. 

When halfway through the enterprise
It gives a nasty jolt –
Oh, fearsome is the risk that lies
In facing such re-volt! 

© Colonialist January 2014 (WordPress)

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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  1. The Asian says:

    At least you weren’t completely powerless and were able to do other things


  2. adeeyoyo says:

    … and at least we’re all warm enough – it being summer here! Ours seems recently to be turned off during the night for some rhyme or reason!


  3. Bwhahahahaha I love it! What a good idea, to defrost while the power is out 😉


  4. nrhatch says:

    This might interest you, Col:

    Among other things, Simon & Schuster is starting a Sci-Fi imprint and Penumbra Magazine wants Super Hero stories. And the Fog Horn is paying $1000 a story (for 1200-8500 words).


  5. bulldog says:

    I enjoyed your revolting rhyme…


  6. The last line is witty enough to make me forgive you the rest!

    Our power went off the other night, and it did something weird to the freezer when it came back on: the temperature went down and down and down. Which made me wonder how we would keep warm in this entirely electric house if it went off for longer than an hour or so, like for 10 days after the hurricane of Christmas 1999. In the old house we’d have a roaring fire in the stove to keep us warm and even boil a kettle or make some soup. Jock suggests we’d take a train to Cannes and stay in a hotel!


  7. misswhiplash says:

    Sort of like a bolt of light en ing


  8. Pussycat44 says:

    I guess the local municipality cut the trees and the electricity? Shocking!


  9. nrhatch says:

    Well played, Col! I got quite a charge out of your re-volting rhyme.


  10. Eek! I hope no one was seriously fried.


  11. susielindau says:

    That gives me shivers. Youch!


  12. disperser says:

    I wish I could say it was electrifying rhyme, but, alas, I get no charge from rhyme, and since I’ve always made that clear, I’m sure you’re not shocked by it.


  13. Glad to see power has been restored….and without any fatal shocks:-)


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