what talking was
the lights dipped three times that winter afternoon
and with darkness falling outside
we looked to the fittings.
somewhere in sully
boys were burning down a substation
and eventually their flames brought the dark inside
so with candles and an open fire of our own
we talked to the kids about the power cuts when we were small
before mobiles and computers changed what talking was.
Steve Shepherd writes poems and takes photographs. He used to make radio programmes, mostly jazz.