Poem | House at Night

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Now it is midnight.
Inside the house
rooms begin to change.
Something in them
ripens and swells
and pushes against
all four walls.

Call it night
or the silence of night
or something silent that
happens at night—

when shipwrecked dreamers,
drowning in sleep,
sink ever lower
as cold currents keep
easing them down
into their own
inner deep.

Published in the November 2020 issue: 

Tom Hansen’s poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, among them Poetry Northwest, the American Scholar, the Literary Review, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Atlanta Review. His poetry collection, Falling to Earth, was published by BOA Editions.

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