The Idea of Light

Mark, who has a tall ladder, helps us every now 
and then with little house repairs. Tonight,

he came to attach solar-powered motion sensor
lights on one side of the house. The ones I got

are small but give off beams in three settings—
bright and on all night after dusk, dim but brightening,

or suddenly bright at detected motion. The idea
of light is that it foregrounds what's cloaked in shadow

and therefore precarious—a short flight of crooked
steps, the space underneath where someone

of dubious intention might crouch. A stray cat
prowls this part of the neighborhood and winds up

on the lowest corner of the roof. A masked
raccoon watches intently in the fork of a tree.

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