Brownout

waiting for the brownout
the lapse occurred at breakfast
the dropped cup overturned
on the table again
absent seconds began
and ended suddenly

then time came together again

flat screen
horizon
eating
sleeping
tracing a line on a page
super eight and video tape
kept us young

waiting for the brownout
after the crash 1979
going nowhere fast
speed flattening everything
we were man and woman
one hundred brownouts daily

but time came together again

middle
distant
flat screen
horizon
eating
sleeping
tracing a line on a page
super eight and video tape
kept us young

waiting for the brownout
we were woman and man
we were both and neither
nothing seemed to exist
or couldn’t be described
or communicated

when time came together again

twilight
brownout
middle
distant
flat screen
horizon
eating
sleeping
tracing a line on a page
super eight and video tape
kept us young