I stepped into the night–a lonely, frigid blackness with glowing lanterns here and there. I sighed and my breath rose into the sky and a part of me became one with the stars.
Animals came out of the inky dark to greet me–raccoon, rat, and owl.
They whispered some ancient wisdom, sharing from a place that only they could bear, dancing to a rhythm that only they could hear.
I pulled the night around my shoulders like a robe to comfort me against its emptiness.
Owl, rat, raccoon, and I walking through the night, walking toward the light of home.