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Night Child

by Jasmine Combs
Night Child: Jasmine Combs

Slithering sunset
slipping between the fingertips
of the tree tops.
The stardust of dusk doesn’t 
sit still in my hands and
the cans cackle
as they slam against the feet of
the night children,
hit the sidewalk
hit the feet again
and back and forth like that
forever.
The streetlights are bright
like mini summer suns.
They flicker on, calling kids
back to their stoops,
back to their mamas 
who hang from the door hinges,
wringing their hands,
wondering where
the moon got its glow.
How it hangs there like a mama,
waiting for her night child
to come back home.

 

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