Empty House

Willem is gone for the weekend with a friend's family, Schuyler is at camp and David is away on a business trip. I'm so rarely home all alone that it feels strange. It's so quiet that I can hear myself breathe, and it's hard to fall asleep!

I hear coyotes
in the distance,
deer rustling in the back yard,
and the occasional creak or sigh
that escapes the walls of the house
as it settles.

This place is quiet--too quiet.