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Charge of the Light Brigade

31 January 2014, 10:01

Half this street, half that street,
All the streets onward,
All in the darkness of night
Rode the technicians.
‘Forward, the Light Brigade!
Climb up the poles!’ he said:
Into the darkness of night
Rode the technicians.

‘Forward, the Light Brigade!’
Everyone was dismay'd?
Cause the technician knew
Eskom had blunder'd:
Theirs not to make reply,
Theirs but to sit and sigh,
Theirs to create a lie:
Into the darkness of night
Rode the technicians.

Darkness to right of them,
Darkness to left of them,
Darkness in front of them
Lights out of order;
Not working for a year,
Coldly they said, ‘To hell,
With all these lights as well,
This how squatters dwell’
Said the technicians.

Putting their tools away,
Thinking of lies they’d say,
Dogs chasing them away,
Starting their bakkie then
Residents wondered when
They’d have some light again
Right up the road they went;
Chips and a Russian
Eaten with great good cheer
Packets discarded.
All on the ground, they left
The happy technicians.

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