THE HOUSE IN THE VALLEY

BY COLIN ALEXANDER

 

The lights haven’t worked in a while now
But I guess I’ll keep paying the bills—
;;;;;;There’s no need to cause any trouble.

Water still comes through the tap
I’ve got a gas stove which still works, and
;;;;;;I’ve got enough food to eat.

I used to read in the light by the window
But I can’t find it anymore—
;;;;;;I can’t seem to find anything here.

That’s okay, because I still have candles
They’re burning low now so I use them carefully
;;;;;;But I’ll make it a while longer.

There’s a TV upstairs that still works
It comes on every once in a while
;;;;;;And now there’s nothing but static.

The lights haven’t worked in a while now
But I guess I’ll keep paying the bills—
There’s no need to cause any trouble
I don’t think anyone’s coming to fix them
I’d do it myself, but I don’t know how,
And besides,
;;;;;;It’s hard to see in the dark.

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