Long ago my mother sang of Winken, Blinken, and Nod,
That was the shape of the small hours between midnight and dawn,
Me, off fishing for stars and dreams and sleep,
Content to have it so, small hours in my pocket.
Now the small hours have grown teeth and savagery,
They stalk me in the shallow murk of pain.
I do not float or fly or swim, only flee and stumble and fall.
I miss the little hours, the wee tender things,
I miss moonpaths and dreamflights and rest,
Oh how dearly I miss rest.
But more than anything I miss the certainty
That I will acquire peace,
Rocked in the moments of every smallest hour,
Small as a second myself.
Bats, after another sleepless night, too.