Raindrops replenish the earth, awakening it to rise and claim new life.

Planes fly off into the night sky, travelers scurry off into the unknown.

Laundry waits to be folded, disappointed and lonely, forgotten, neglected.

Dirt critters creep in on the paws of fluffy animals, making nests, reuniting with former neighbors.

Sirens blare into the city, conversations carry through walls so thin.

So the night rituals begin, cleansing, preparing the mind and body for anticipated rest.

Come, giggles to soothe the mind and soul, cuddles to remind us of our interconnectedness.

Come, deep darkness that beckons us to let go of our worries and fears, take all that you can carry.

Come, time set aside for refreshing sleep, quiet our minds and slow our breath.