At Night

At night the sun lies down for sleep
And crickets sing a tune.
And bullfrogs croak and creatures creep
Beneath the watching moon.

The masked raccoons and possums prowl
Through meadows moist with dew.
The fireflies flash, coyotes howl,
And owls keep asking "Who?"

At night our school is still and dark
And evening stars arrive.
And marble statues in the park
Appear to come alive.

Our nation’s flag’s been taken down
And city streets are bare.
And watchmen wander through the town
While headlights pierce the air.

At night I hear my father snore
And baby brother cry,
As shadows dance across the floor
And trucks go rumbling by.

I hear a siren’s urgent squeal
While I lie safe in bed.
My hamster racing on his wheel
And raindrops overhead.

At night I hear the floorboards creak
And neighbor’s cat meow.
I feel a spider touch my cheek
And night air cool my brow.

I think about the recent past
And plan the coming day,
Until I fall asleep at last
And dream the night away.