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Who's afraid of the dark?

Are humans the only creatures that are afraid of the dark? Animals seem to love it. When I was little I turned on my torch as soon as the bedroom light was switched off so I could keep reading and delay the terrors of the night.

The crafty hands that sewed with such precision

the cloth around the cage now close it fast

and darkness ends the singing of the day

In fun-splashed bathroom bark and wag are stilled

by towel that’s draped across excited eyes

Night falls and in the safety of the gloom,

friends fox and mole awaken from their fear

While in my bed adventure book in hand

I dread the tread upon the stairs that means

the loss of light foreshadowing my dreams

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