Heís young, the electrician, still remembering
all heís been taught on wiring logic,
how thereís order in power, and each home
holds it close.  There are diagrams which work,
yielding an explanation.  Every fault
can be corrected.  Replace the blown-out fuse
and allís forgiven once the billís paid up.
The radio hums, the lights drive back the dark.

So when his college answers fail, after
heís double-checked each circuit, all the points,
you boil the kettle (gas) and sit him down,
recalling milk, two sugars, and begin
exploring that alternative heís yet to meet:
this house running in parallel, the cellar.

D. A. Prince

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