Share1 Old Roads, New Stories: A Literary Series https://www.terrain.org/mp3/2020/dec/Carney-WhyWeHaveDarkness.mp3 Why We Have Darkness So the moon can rise and paint a brushstroke on the water. So the birds can call it a day and let the crickets sing. So a shape can pass below a street lamp, and that lamp can wear a halo, and the animal making its rounds is a cat or raccoon, whichever you prefer right now since darkness is the time for wishing, when the ear you lean in and speak to is waiting to hear. So the moon can rise. So that sleep can find us. So train horns can tell us that they know exactly: near but distant, and never one place for long. Rob Carney’s new books Facts and Figures and The Last Tiger is Somewhere are available from Hoot ‘n’ Waddle and Unsolicited Press. Previous books include The Book of Sharks and 88 Maps. His first collection of creative nonfiction, Accidental Gardens, is forthcoming from Stormbird Press. Read Rob Carney’s Letter to America in Dear America: Letters of Hope, Habitat, Defiance, and Democracy, published by Terrain.org and Trinity University Press. Read poetry by Rob Carney appearing in Terrain.org: 6th Annual Contest Finalist, 4th Annual Contest Winner, and Issue 30. And listen to an interview on Montana Public Radio about The Book of Sharks. Header photo by Kirill Kurashov, courtesy Shutterstock.