a poem by Gebriel Alazar Tesfatsion, East Africa

Black Out
I had a home work to do,
An assignment worth a lot
Not doing it was a suicide.
But in this night of nights
I also wanted--
Irresistibly wanted to watch TV.
" An hour of TV won't hurt"
I told myself and began to watch.
Visited channel after channel
Of sports, movies, music....
" The assignment!" alarmed my mind.
I shunned it to watch just another hour.
I kept on watching and watching,
While the alarm ringing and ringing.
" I sure will do it before dawn."
I consoled myself and continued watching,
All of a sudden,
It has went black out!
(The electricity is cut off!)
I am in total darkness.
It is all over now,
No chance to do my assignment.
I weep and gnash my teeth,
In this pitch dark room
Awaiting with dread
The price of my procrastination.

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