of load shedding, or is it
really life shedding,
those with the means, can exit;
but what of those who must stay?
by Robbie Cheadle
In South Africa, we are experiencing load shedding which entails switching off the electricity to various areas throughout the country on a rotational basis during a 24 hour period for four hour intervals. Depending on how bad the power shortage is on a day, the load shedding could be for 1 four hour interval in a day or two or even three. The load shedding is assessed on a daily basis and the level adjusted between stages 1 to 8. This is crippling the South African economy as how do you run businesses in a modern world without power? Generators and batteries only help to an extent and batteries have to be recharged which takes longer than the intervals between some of the load shedding cycles.
This poem speaks to this crisis.
This poem is for Colleen’s weekly poetry challenge which is the Poet’s Choice this week. You can join in here: https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/01/07/colleens-2020-weekly-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-no-159-poetschoice/
Colleen and H.R.R. Gorman have put together a book of the winners of each weeks poetry challenge which you can download for free here: https://colleenchesebro.com/2020/01/09/update-to-the-2019-poet-of-the-week-compilation/ [I have a poem in here and so do many of our wonderful poetry blogging friends].