Comfort

I stay up late

because

there is this hour

in my house

between

12 and 1

in the morning

when

everything moves on quietly

and it’s not like

things stop happening

or time stops running

but

happenings go on

quieter and

softer

and the washing machine washes

the dirty clothes

and tomorrow

those clothes will be clean

and there’s a quiet hum

generated by

the furnace

I can feel

the contentment

of the washing machine

and everyone else

who is able to

live on

but just

a little bit quieter and

a little bit softer