Hide & Seek

O Lord, you create darkness, & it is night
& her love is night,
is summer girls outside
while inside bride & groom
sleep in stiff dominion

You have never been able to love
what you were supposed to love

When she closes her eyes & counts,
aren’t you careful
not to hide too well? You can no longer
bear the pain of not being found

One night she comes to your hard bed,
your wooden leg
and says Listen
to the animals creeping forth,
seeking their meat from God

~Rita Mae Reese