Hush my child

My tender love

The light is gone

As is your fear

Rest, my babe

My wily woe

Feel the absence

Of light’s harsh gage

You are safe with me

Your mother kind

Who can teach you shadows

Are better than wine

There’s freedom in blackness

And comfort in shadow

That plays on walls

And derelict doors

The walls have sayings

The rafters, gossip

You’ll never be lonely,

My little slip

The wind is gentle

And likes creaky tones

You’ll learn to love

Its syncopated notes

Never mind the basement monsters

They are shy

And fear your stares

Hush my child

My darling babe

Hear my lullaby

Your refuge, our cage