Darkness frees me to stand nightgowned
on the porch, watch
the dogs merge into shadow,
snuffle, pee, reappear.
I stretch, inhale summer’s warm weight,
imagine staying in this spot
while what has to be done
swirls by undone.
I imagine a taproot growing down my spine,
out my feet, through the porch floor
and deep underground,
rootlets reaching all directions.
Imagine remaining here so long
I fade from sight, although
everyone crossing this portal
pauses as they pass through my arms.