Night Clothes


     I'd like impertinence enough to ask
     what do you wear to bed,
     undies or pajamas, T-shirt or gown?
     Did it change when you started sharing,
     or has it always been the same
     since Mom used to tuck you in?

     I'd like the courage to wonder aloud
     how you sleep at night,
     on your side, back, or stomach?
     Would you rest as well curled in
     beside me, or toss and turn
     at the unfamiliar presence?

     I'd like to ask how you look
     when you just fall under
     or when the light first opens your eyes.
     All of these things
     and more; I'd like
     not to have to ask.


                -Eric Thomas/AC Missias