The solar power lamp post’s warranty promised 10 years,
but it has lasted nearly double.
It hums with life, promising many more.
A power plant fire blackened it many years ago
and yet it outlived all other human technology.
One by one, the lights of Texas dimmed and died.
Human relics buried in leaves and earth.
But the fixture stubbornly shines as the last reminder humanity existed.
Tonight, a troop of baboons sees its glow.
It reminds the elders of the zoo they escaped.
They keel it over
and the light goes out.