There was a time that the nighttime brought me comfort
Under the warm closeness of its protective blanket
the day’s trials faded to insignificance.
Its soothing silence cancelling the noise of negativity
But this is a new day, the old norms no longer apply.
Now with so many assaults vying for prominence
The darkness has lost its ability to protect me
Once the ultimate refuge, a place of safe retreat
Now a fearful place, where my greatest fears lie in wait
Again, and again I wake, alone in the darkness
Without another’s gentle touch
To calm the flutter in my heart.