Summer 2006 • Vol. XXVIII No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 2006 |

Night

What to make of night, then, its caul of stars sequined and—for all their fixture—unsteady as breath, able to be winked outby the smallest cloud? Night, scratched at by traffic, a chirrupor two from frog or dark-flying bird. Night with a dashof cut grass, parched earth, the skunk that gave today his life upto the blind hunger of trucks thundering up Main Street, hisaftermath tainting our air, making sure we won't forget his wildflight and how we caught him short between one safe hedgerowand another, left his ebony and vanilla body tucked into itselfbeyond all remedy at the edge of the road, gathering the risen,exploratory dust. Our cats know night for what it is—a darkskinless beast with blazing eyes, a mouth soft as sleep but opento swallow their ambition, a gigantic companion they can lie beside,the one who covers for them and out of whose shadow they springto bring the little infant of night—field mouse or streaked chipmunk—in their teeth, greeting its one last horizont

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Eamon Grennan has published numerous volumes of poetry including There Now (2016); Out of Sight: New and Selected Poems (2010); Matter of Fact (2008); Relations: New and Selected Poems (1998); and others.

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