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BLACKOUT, August 14, 2003

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Some communities chose to hold annual celebrations on August 14th since so many rediscovered what it is to turn off the computer, the TV, the stereo and just spend time with each other... We were once again the pioneers around the campfire, telling stories, singing, talking... I think this is beautiful and sad that it took a blackout to make us connect.

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BLACKOUT, August 14, 2003

                    "My building superintendent organized a "barbeque by flashlight"
                     and we met several of our building and street neighbours over 
                     grilled chicken and burgers. Someone brought out an acoustic guitar 
                     and songs were sung and good times were had by all involved. 
                     It seemed almost surreal."

                                                                         Radio Parkdale, Ontario
                                                                         Author Unknown


Light harbours love, this we have found,
A blackout should keep most homebound,
Yet once upon a summer’s night,
Millions refused to just sit tight,
For silence is a welcome sound.

Neighbours met and gathered round,
Long talks were had, some quite profound,
Though dark can a riot invite,
                               Light harbours love.

Games were played, many kings were crowned,
Barbeques shared, some beers were downed,
Tales told to the children’s delight,
Candles burned, shadows seemed contrite,
And like hope does worry confound,
                               Light harbours love.

*I have posted a picture I scooped from the web in my "about this poem" link. If you can, I encourage you to take a peek. I think it is beautiful. 

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  1. Date: 12/28/2011 9:27:00 AM
    Heya Cyndi, hope you had a wonderful and meaningful Christmas with your family. I came back from a crazy adventure, moved back to Ontario for the 4th time earlier in 2003. When the blackout happened, I was finishing writing a book out in Ayr by the Nith river. Remember it. You highlighted the experience well. Congratulations on your win in Debbie's contest!

  1. Date: 12/28/2011 5:11:00 AM
    Congratulations Cyndi. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 12/27/2011 7:51:00 PM
    this was fantastic. and could be worthy of top place because of what you are saying about light and love, Cynthia. I enjoyed the picture going with it too. Congratulations. And thanks so much for that haiku book! Luv, Andrea

  1. Date: 12/27/2011 5:29:00 PM
    Nice work Cyndi. Congratulations. Love, Joyce

  1. Date: 12/27/2011 5:04:00 PM
    Congrats on this fabulous write..great theme and a wonderful tie in ....gwendolen

  1. Date: 12/27/2011 3:26:00 PM
    Sounds like the kind of night which makes you proud to be human! Congrad's Cyn Light & Love

  1. Date: 12/20/2011 6:16:00 AM
    Another awesome write your on a roll. Love vie

  1. Date: 12/20/2011 5:20:00 AM
    When we lived in Luckey, Ohio it seemed like a slight breeze would knock out the power. The neighbors always got together for cook outs. We called it our rally by the alley.