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night night

shh… can your hear that ?

she whispers

just as sleep was

overtaking me.


hear what ? says I.


there’s someone else breathing in here.


what ?


I’m not joking, she says,

just be quiet & listen ……………


and in the blackness

we both held our breath

for a few seconds,

and sure enough

someone else

was breathing in & out

and in & out

 - very clearly heard.


with racing heart

the bedroom light goes on

and with that,

the breathing stops



 - there's only the two of us here