This Night

Inspired by my dog, Natalie, who has a terrible problem staying home when things are afoot.

This night (like every night)
Is not for sleeping
This night is to remind you
To laugh out loud, uncontrollably,
For absolutely no reason.

This night (like every night)
Is not for sleeping
This night is to help you find out
Why the caribou dance out the steps of
The night dance on the mountain tops

This night (like every night)
Is not for sleeping
This night is for dancing in the fire light
And serenading the stars with deep voices

This night (like every night)
Is not for sleeping
This night is for lying in a shallow grave of your own digging
And staring up at the slowly spinning stars to change yourself forever.

This night (like every night)
Is not for sleeping
This night is for keeping sacred the darkness,
And water and pepsi and whisky and Styrofoam
And all other holy things.

This night (like every night)
Is not for sleeping
This night is to remind you that if the sun
Is your only tutor
You will go to your grave great
And shallow
And incomplete

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