The Electrical Post
By Lauren Derrick
Along Highway 2 where tall mountains run close
stood a tall, wooden electrical post.
She was not much to look at, this Post on Highway 2.
Some even said she ruined the view.
But she stood her ground firm, holding up power lines
to keep them all out of the tinder-dry pines.
Her job was important, as any can see—
helping deliver electricity
to cities and towns, to families and shops:
to run microwaves and freeze ice pops,
giving hospitals power to run CT scans
and power heating and cooling fans
It was a team effort with miles of posts
running power to where it was needed the most.
And one day a Bluebird flew up from the trees,
wings like the sky hooking onto the breeze
The post said, “why Bluebird! What a surprise
to see you out here in my part of the skies.”
To which Bluebird replied, “You're right—I am blue.
If a cat ate your brother then you would be too.”
“Oh you poor dear. I had no clue.
Is there anything I can do for you?”
The Post asked so sweetly and standing so tall.
“Feel free to ask for anything at all.”
“I think,” answered Bluebird, “what I'd like best
is to come sit on your wire for a little rest.”
So the bird floated down, light as a bubble,
to rest on the wire, and he was really no trouble.
That is how it all began,
birds perching where electricity ran—
Because once poor Bluebird stopped to rest,
many others came and did their best
To console their fellow's sorrowing soul
all supported by this wooden pole.
A Robin brought him up some seeds
but she herself also had needs
Because her nest was recently raided.
Her eggs would need to be incubated,
But she had been flying all around;
no safe nesting spot could be found.
The Post listened with tender heart
and offered poor Robin a small part
Of space on which to build her nest.
Not much to look at, but surely best
For keeping precious cargo safe and sound,
high and quite far off the ground.
And once quick Sparrow saw the crowd
of mourning birds he chirped aloud,
“Is this a party that I see?
Why has no one invited me?”
The others assured him he was wrong,
then told what was really going on.
“This electrical Post, isn't she the best?
Giving a spot for Robin's nest
And comfort for poor Bluebird too.
Is there nothing this Post can't do?”
This compliment was touching true.
Even despite white plopping poo
The Post was glad to help these birds,
but Sparrow had some troubling words.
“Since this electrical Post is oh so kind,
might we bounce on the power lines?
I'm sure Bluebird could use some cheer—
I'll call my friends and we'll dance right here!”
The thought was kind, and the Pole
was too slow to object. How could she say no?
The lines were growing more difficult to hold,
but to stop the birds would seem so cold
Because poor Bluebird did perk up a bit,
giving a little “twitter” then a “twit.”
Then more birds came, quite entranced
by Sparrow's showy hop and dance.
They sat all along the power lines,
which began to sink towards the pines.
Chirps and twitters filled the air
With itchy feathers everywhere
And our Post could scarcely hear herself
past all the birds on the wire shelf.
She tried to shout, “Stop! This is too much for me!”
But no one heard her anxious plea.
The sun began sinking low,
but birds kept coming to see the show.
The Post was firm and held her ground,
silently, while chirping 'round
Birds hopped and pooped and pecked and pranced,
mourned, consoled, built, and danced—
Then suddenly they scattered, flying round—
shocked by a quake and cracking sound.
Down below the Pole was hit
by a speeding car that in a fit
Of panic had veered right off the street,
causing all the birds to lift their feet.
The Post trembled and let out a moan.
The sun was sinking, it barely shone
And who would help? On whom could she rest?
Her strength was now put to the test.
She had to stand and hold the wire.
If it dropped it just might start a fire
And then all around her would go up in smoke.
She had to stand firm! She could not choke.
But . . . she had broke.
Splinters sticking out of her side
and the stress of cracked wood deep inside
Made the Post panic. What could she do?
She weighed her options, the precious few.
Along came Sparrow, thinking now all was fine,
but the Post said, “don't you dare set a foot on that line!”
So she snapped and threatened each bird that came near,
not out of malice—but out of fear.
She felt so very frail, she swayed and stirred.
She could not hold weight now. Not even a bird.
Chirps faded and the Post was left alone.
Down below a driver whipped out his phone
To call for help. That's what she needed to do—
call for help. But the question was, who?
The trees were too short. Not the birds, not the car.
She was sure to contort, all else was too far.
Then out peeked the first little twinkling star.
That small little light filled her with fright.
Would she have to stand hurt like this all through the night?
She called out, “Help me! Oh somebody please!”
The words seemed to scatter on the breath of the breeze.
She called out again, as loud as she could
and the echoes rang out through the mountainous woods.
The car shifted a little, and the poor Post shook.
She was sure to fall now and could scarcely look.
Many had leaned on her over the years,
but now she had no one. Her heart was in tears.
She felt a great pain and heard a creak from below.
Her strength would soon fail her and down she would go.
Then the electrical line trembled and shook.
The Post held her breath and then took a look.
From both directions the line was pulled.
It was pulled so taut that it could hold
a Post. Yes her! The line held her upright.
Someone had heard her call out that night.
The Post to her left and the Post to her right
had gently leaned out in the brimming starlight.
“Thank you!” she cried to her sisters far out,
and she heard “you're welcome!” in a very faint shout.
And so she held on, her hope now renewed,
until the next morning when she was patched up and glued.
So the wires stayed high, the power still flowed.
The Post still stood up at the side of the road.
Now and then she looks out to her left and her right
To find the friends who helped her that dark scary night
To not feel alone, to feel cared for and seen.
Though the distance is great, the Posts still convene
Together in heart, tied by the burden they share,
Offering each other support, love, and care—
And sometimes even a place for the birds of the air.