There is a Lightness to the Night

There is a Lightness to the Night

Sunlight lifts the standing air
that evening sets upon your face.
The symmetry of bricks and streets
and rows of streetlights –
perfect this place.

There is a stillness in this smell
of streets, sun-baked all day,
that rises up as heavy rain
begins to fall.
The smell of clay.
The warmth of wetness.
How your clothes cling.

There is a feeling to this time,
of nights now lost.
The line of streetlights
only show how dark night is
and how your distant voice
can bring a lightness to the night.

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