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A Child’s Guide to the Night

A poem.

By John Hammond / December 14, 2009



When evening begins to settle over the town
 Windows turn pale yellow, the edges
 Of bicycle spokes and outdoor grills soften, 

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And daylight lingers to bless the grass
 And trees and transform a boy’s hand
 Into gray before his eyes.

All creation is caught now
 Between two worlds, a place
 Where children long to stay –

Even as their houses, like bulky ships,
 Are casting off into the night, even
 As their mothers are calling, calling them home.

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