I Could Not Care Less About The Light Switch - NaPoWriMo Day Fifteen Prompt
intermediate, mediate, or whatever,
I do not need its technical portrait
imprinted on my retinas.
As if you scored those wires on my eyelids
instead of crumpled fists of paper
our bedroom littered, yes, yes, our bedroom
where I am so desperate to be sleeping,
duvet to forehead, clawed over the ears,
this unbidden seminar of light switch electronics
threatening to blow a fuse in our marriage--
I DO NOT CARE!
I do not need to know why
the switches won't match when the lights are out.
And we have tried every combination
every puzzle box of on and off
to make them fall in to a uniformed march.
It was never a why question, but a general annoyance
of a thing seeming out of place,
like unmatched salt and pepper pots!
Not purposeful, but one being oh-so-slightly shorter?
Thinner? More rounded on the corners?
Not a, "this is salt, and this is pepper difference"
just difference you can't quite pin down
or turn off,
like the bloody light switches
you won't stop explaining,
at two a.m.
when I mistakenly say
'I'm still not getting it?'
Which I admit was really my fault
so I'll take the next round of circuitry analysis in stride
but gods above, will someone smite me,
and while you're at it,
hit the lights.
Excellent rant! It’s funny how little things can be a nuisance. I’m forever straightening up shoes and I have no idea why! I like the lines at the end of the first poem:
“but gods above, will someone smite me,
and while you’re at it,
hit the lights.”
I enjoyed the second one too. It’s quite discomfiting how you sometimes catch yourself reflected somewhere and don’t recognise yourself at first then realise it’s you!
I enjoyed the imagery of someone drawing light switch diagrams over and over at 2 am and the comparison to salt and pepper shakers. A fun poem.
I identify with the light switch poem, Carol!
Lovely poems, Carol. Thanks for sharing them. And I know that quandary of trying to decide whether to publish online or hold pieces back for publication. I’m glad you shared a couple here. 🙂
Like both of these very much.
See you tonight helen
On Fri, Apr 15, 2022 at 5:25 PM Carol J Forrester – Writing and Works wrote:
> Carol J Forrester posted: ” I Could Not Care Less About The Light Switch – > NaPoWriMo Day Fifteen Prompt intermediate, mediate, or whatever, I do not > need its technical portrait imprinted on my retinas. As if you scored those > wires on my eyelids instead of crumpled fists of paper ” >
The second poem really spoke to me. You described so well how out of place I can feel in this aging body.