Light Housekeeping

She cleared the breakfast dishes,
dusted the mantle piece,
turned the expired October calendar
to November, vacuumed crumbs
from the kitchen baseboards
with her new hand-vac,
and emptied the trash.
She stepped out to collect
the Whitefish Bay News
from the driveway, and
put the kettle on. She had
listened to the wind blowing
all night, but now she settled
back with her tea and snapped
on the TV. “The Edmund Fitzgerald
lost with all hands,” the announcer
read. She screamed for her husband
who was still asleep
and bolted up the tower stairs. 
A fuse had blown,
the alarm had failed,
and the light was out.
The Bay News headline
the next morning:
Lighthouse Keeping Failure.