City Night

The dark time is coming,
but the nights here are not country-dark.
Not bottom of your pocket, coyote-howling dark.

Streetlights flicker on at sun’s setting,
before night settles in

and apartments light up,
one square at a time, brightening
the skyline before stars take over.

All wait for the moon to rise over the lake.
And when it is full,
we almost forget about the sun.

—Kathleen Phillips, Milwaukee