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At What Time Does Night Arrive?

© more by Santhini Govindan

Published: January 3, 2022

Have you ever seen the exact moment when Night
Descends from above, and spreads darkness everywhere?
Night comes so quietly, and chases Day away so thoroughly,
That it doesn’t leave even a speck of light behind in the air!
Though I am aware of Night’s arrival every single day,
I still cannot say when exactly Night comes down.
Nor can I pinpoint the exact hour, minute, and second,
When Night spreads its inky blackness all over my town.

ABOUT THE POET:

Santhini Govindan is a widely published, award-winning author of children’s literature in India. She has written more than fifty books for children of all ages, and her work includes picture books, chapter books and short stories. She enjoys reading and writing poetry, and many of her original poems are taught in schools across India, South East Asia, and the Middle East.

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