The shadows have been there all day, waiting for the light to slant. The world turns its back on the sun as the shadows tilt onto the ceiling above the kitchen lights.
Twilight awakens my longing, lets it loose like a hungry hound, searching for a bone I buried somewhere long ago. I miss the ones who have left. I hunt for them along the trail of memories, following a familiar path that leads to the river. Here as always, I lose their scent.
Evening washes the room gray. My eyes cannot adjust; details fade like memories. Darkness brings its own weariness. I wear it like a cloak or shroud. I am too tired to go further. I long to hibernate, to crawl inside the barren night, and sleep and sleep and sleep.
I listen to the lullaby of dark; I am weary, friend.
But I must sleep away this night that seems to never end. My tears will drown me if I do not stop.
Don’t close your eyes.
Why? Just a bit of rest and I will start again.
There is no starting after that sleep.
How far until the light?