The power went out
Yes, thats right: the electricity, it's gone.
The telephone is dead
There will be no calls for re-establishment.
The lights are out, computers black
networks down, radio ravenged, banks on the blink
Freezers defrost, ice cream avalanches.
The people, with no switches to flick or TVs to watch
huddle on street corners, around fires
toasting slices of stale bread and roasting potatoes in the coals
Slowly, they realise no emergency service is no the way
They boil water for the tea and sit together
It had to happen one day, sooner or later, they say.