Blackout – Haibun Thinking

Gathering her brows like gathering storm, Nursing her wrath to keep it warm
Robert Burns


In Italy the saying goes: “Revenge is a plate best served cold.”  Unfortunately (or maybe not), Leonella isn’t the sort of woman who puts her anger aside to seek revenge.  She never plans revenge, but neither does she allow a slight to pass her by with some sort of reply.

The day that she received the letter from the electric company stating she hadn’t paid her light bill, was annoying.  She got out her receipts and sent a copy to the address provided for just that purpose.  So, when three weeks later, her power got shut off, you can imagine her anger.

She screwed up her brows and began to give battle, getting angrier and angrier with every step she took to get the wrong she’d been done righted.  First the phone calls to a number provided which was of course a call center…and to no avail.  Then a trip to her local light company…the lady in the office on her computer was very nice and found the mistake, corrected it and said the power would be back in a matter of hours…which it wasn’t.  When she went back to the office, it was closed, for the weekend.

The problem finally straightened itself out, but her freezer load of food was ruined and she’d had to pass the weekend in a hotel.  She changed her light company and took the former company to court.  Won the case and was awarded recompensation…but her wrath never cooled…to this day when you mention the name of the company her eyes flash.

blackout then anger
careless errors mutiply
revenge sought in wrath


Haibun Thinking

7 thoughts on “Blackout – Haibun Thinking

  1. I don’t think I will get on the bad side of Leonella 🙂

    It reminds me of a time that I had words with a power supplier. They told me that I had overpaid and that they owed me £300 ($450-$500) I contacted them and said that I take it I would not have to pay my my monthly bill until it was cleared, and they told me that I would still have to pay, in fact my bill was going up and at the end of 12 months they would give me any monies owed me then. I asked them why, and they said it was policy. I asked them if they would give me the money if I left them, and they said yes. A couple of weeks later, I had a cheque for £300 and was with a different power company 🙂


in shadows light - walking under weeping pines - spring rain

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.