21 August – Friday night film set

The evenings are chillier now,
dusk creeping into night
in front of us
long before it’s time for bed,
so we retreat to the sofa
to watch whodunnits
on the TV
rather than sitting outside instead.
I am gripped by the murder plot
but just as hooked on
a second screen –
the window to outside’s darkening activity
where, drawn to the light
of flickering flames
from our candles,
two darting bats weave their own mystery.
The house in the film is turreted
and there is an unusual
blending of worlds,
as if the garden here is becoming there,
and the night winged creatures
painting black on midnight blue
so close to us
might actually be an imagined, storied pair.