Awake Again

It's the middle of the night


Nobody awake but me -


It is the kind of quiet where

you can hear everything.

The hum of the blessed air conditioner;

the comfortable, if annoying

rumbling of my husband's snoring;

the twitching whimpers of a dog's dream,

all noisy in the silence before dawn.

I can hear the small sounds of

two block-away traffic;

a cat's stretch and yawn.

Even my keystrokes are loud.


Nobody is awake but me.

Ellie Maziekien


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