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Poem: Danger Lurking from the Ceiling

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Summary of poem

Danger Lurking from the ceiling is a poem about waking up to the sound of a roof leak in your house. Still half asleep trying to find the source. Flipping on light switches without thinking, tossing towels onto the puddle, then realizing it is coming from the ceiling light.

After looking it up on google and seeing the electric should be off, calling the landlord. Who simply removes the light and says it's nothing to worry about.

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"Danger Lurking from the Ceiling"

Waking up to the pitter patter sound of raindrops

steadily dripping inside the house,

crawling out of bed

in a doze of sleep.

With no thought

I flip on a light switch,

discovering I just walked

through a puddle on the floor.

Immediately I toss towels down

to soak up the water,

then place a pan beneath

to catch each droplet.

As I look up at the ceiling

I see it’s dripping from a light,

Oh no! What am I to do?

I grab my phone and search google

for I haven’t got a clue.

Little did I know,

it could spark a fire

or be like a hairdryer

falling into a tub

so, I am thankful I’m still breathing.

In a panic I phone the landlord

who simply removes the light,

assuring me the circuit breaker will work

if any problem is detected,

but no fix for the leak

until the rain stops.

Now the third night

with the rain still pouring

I walk through the kitchen in the dark,

trying not to worry

for the breaker will surely kick off,

deciding not to risk my life

I get in the car and take off.

"Leaky Roof (water coming through the roof)" by The Very Nice Interesting Singer Man



BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 22, 2020:


Thank you.

It isn't raining this morning, but I see no one here to fix it.

Guess it might be awhile cooking in the dark with lanterns because it's in my kitchen and more rain on the way later.

Thanks for reading.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on May 21, 2020:

Wow that is so crazy, and very dangerous. That landlord needs to fix the leak. Not cool. Great poem. But "ouch" on the leak.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 21, 2020:


Yes. I am only in and out of there right now.

I wish this rain would stop soon.

Thanks for reading and stay safe.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 21, 2020:



Electricity and water together kind of scares me.

But I have seen something new during my life.

Take care.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 21, 2020:

I was scared. My landlord not so much.

It still is not fixed and I'm not staying there much yet.

Thanks for reading.

VIDYA D SAGAR on May 21, 2020:

That's quite scary, taking off was the best decision. Amazing how you have created a poem out of a dangerous situation Brenda.

Suchismita Pradhan from India on May 20, 2020:

The way you have described the lines is beautiful,yet scary as a mixture of electricity and water is not at all a good combination.Take care.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 20, 2020:

Wow, that must have been scary. They say that water and electricity do not mix. I wouldn't dare remove the bulb.

BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 20, 2020:


Thank you.

Yes, I think it's safer not risking it.

I will try to get with your work afterbit...have a great day.


BRENDA ARLEDGE (author) from Washington Court House on May 20, 2020:


Thank you.

I still hear it over the television but maybe I'm just tuned into it.

Have a great day.

Rosina S Khan on May 20, 2020:

I know, Brenda, you are talking about your current problem in your poem. At least the landlord had a look at it. And probably when the rain stops, it will be fixed. Maybe getting in the car and taking off was not such a bad decision after all. Still sending miracle prayers your way...

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 20, 2020:

We have had a leaking roof before...not from a light fixture, but from a woodstove pipe. Is there any more annoying sound than that dripping? You can't turn the tv volume up loud enough to cover up the sound of that dripping. lol

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