like every one before it in
every other house ... basement ... attic ...
And unique with
clean, safe room;
daybreak peeking in deep blue
through the windowblinds
and swaddling the world in
blankets of warm darkness.
the space heater softly whirrs,
shushing the morning to calm itself,
soothing the early riser and restless sleeper,
embracing the smoker at the window.
It tickles the legs and heats the inside
of blankets wrapped around bodies like
cones and capes, keeping feet and tummies
toasty in the cold of the night-lit bathroom.
quiet 6am, a constant companion,
a safe place
in the hostile 24 hour day
across the treacherous earth --
a sacred, routine reminder of love from the World.