Fast Charge

The squirty old style fuel pumps lie dead

as I hook the car up to the charging point

and brace in case the plug recoils.

I’m pleased we’re powered by wind and solar now

shale gas lies untouched and coal’s defunct.

A half-hour charge beside the jet-wash gun

with pushy forecourt ads, someone changing oil,

Pepsi packs to win on smart phone apps.

A slot lights up to take my banker’s card,

digits on the touch screen flash my kilowatts

and hours I’ve bought till the battery decks.

The slot slides out my card and shows it cares;

emoji smiles that sign off with a kiss, x.