Night

creeps in like a maid.

The mothers fret
their children and the fathers polish
their diplomas
or gun collections.

Night is medium-height,
short black hair.
Night closes the door discreetly
behind her.

In the morning
she has made the children drunk
with envy. She leaves
as they wake for school.

Sometimes a kid sees her a moment
too long and the fathers take
aim and the mothers swallow
hard before yelling
with the terrible light
of morning.

Added: February 16, 2012 | Last changed: May 11, 2014