Night Knight

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Night Knight

By Su Shafer

We spend almost every night together.

I’m not away from home often

But when I am, I ache

And I don’t sleep well.

I am uncomfortable with

The hardness of strangers

The impersonal coarseness

Or aloof purist sterility.

There is never the welcoming

I get at home.

The soft embrace,

The understanding.

At home there is no judgment

Or pressure that I am not doing enough,

No criticism that I am not enough

My bed cradles me like a mother.

I am held in a cocoon of love

I never want to leave.

I close my eyes and my bed hums

A silent lullaby

          Sleep dear one

          Tired caterpillar

          Your work will wait

          Dream of wings

          And drinking flowers

          Wake up the butterfly

That you are.

Su Shafer is a creative crafter, fabricating bits of writing in poetry and short stories, and other bits into characters that appear in paintings or sit on various bookshelves and coffee tables.

She lives in a cottage on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington, where the tea kettle is always whistling and the biscuits freshly baked. One never knows who might stop by to share a rainy afternoon. And all are welcome.

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