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Nightly Ritual

Photo by Clément Falize on Unsplash

We step into the cool Colorado dusk,
the day’s heat still packed in earth.
Sunset tarries in tangerine swathes
reflecting off stained glass at
the apartment’s shining apex.

It has become our nightly ritual–
awaiting the first awakeners
to rouse and bolt from the
converted convent’s attic for
their nocturnal insect hunt.



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Marie Marchand

Marie Marchand


Poet Laureate of Ellensburg, WA. Author of Gifts to the Attentive from Winter Goose Publishing. @mishiepoet