A Child’s Guide to the Night
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.