Arizona Night

By Lissa Howe

The sky is dark and long,

My heart is calm,

The chirping crickets play,

Scorpions dance, dogs bark,

Cats chase rats.

The sound of a plane stops

All the noise, when it is gone

The noise rolls back,

Tree branches sway in the breeze,

Flowers close their blooms,

The boy sitting in the wheelchair sings

About a raccoon dancing under the moon.

Stars sit still, the smell of barbecue ribs

Burning on a grill draws a bobcat near

Moths look for the brightest light,

Mosquitoes look for food,

Cars drive by, smoke rising from them

My loving dog licks my toes

I fall asleep, to the daring sounds

Of an Arizona night.