With the sound down on the telly
the scroll repeated how an onboard device
may have caused all those deaths.
And silently, the newsmen
and politicians talked. It was impossible
to readjust the volume. It felt like sacrilege
when the silence of the screams would be desecrated
by the everyday sound of professional guessers.
When I could finally move I went into the kitchen,
put an unopened tin in the microwave and set the clock
to 30 minutes. Then watched the timer and waited.