I yell, " All-ee all-ee out be,
everyone out come in free!"
but the twilight stays still and vacant.
When I was small
I discovered a way to win at hide and seek.
If it is played at dusk
you don't need a large tree,
or piles of leaves.
Simply run to the deepest shadows
and lay still.
It works well.
I have children hiding there,
even after all these years.
So I pick up a flashlight
energized by dura-love
to begin exposing the
the spots of nighttime shade
Mostly I find insects and arachnids
with a few rodents that scurry from the beam.
Don't worry if you see them running out.
While I'm here, I might as well clean house.
I keep seeking because there is a special place
where big brown eyes open
and sparkle against the light.
Then I can stretch out my grownup hand
as I whisper that playtime is done,
and that supper is ready,
so is a bath, story and bed.
Each is warm and waiting.
It is time to come in.
She climbs into my arms
and is asleep before we reach the house.
Once the game is finished, the dreams begin.
I feel that there are others still hiding.
Tomorrow I'll seek again.