The ticking clock announces his arrival.
Once again, Night has returned to court me.
At first too shy to let him in
I keep the lights on
Locking him outside.
Patiently, he waits for me
Until I relent and allow him inside.
Night encloses me in his chilly embrace
And I shiver against his caresses.
Gently, he relaxes me to sleep
Kissing my eyelids shut,
Holding my head in his hands.
In the silence I drift away
Wrapped tightly in my lover's arms.