There should be a prayer for evenings.
A prayer to put alarming blackbirds
To sleep gently
With the charm of woodsmoke.
A prayer for the shops to stay open a little longer –
And the heart, too, long enough for morning.
A prayer for the small flame of company –
Or at least the company of a small flame.
And if you do have to go gently,
A prayer to show you how
To go wideawake,
And thinking and thanking.