After midnight, the suburbs go to sleep gradually

late night conversations from passerbys are few, then disappear 

the sounds of cars passing by fade to a whisper 


After midnight, 

front porch lights are turned off 

blue TV screens go black


After 2 am is curfew

late for those coming home from the City 

too late even for teenagers sneaking in through side doors 


After midnight, and before dawn

the suburbs slumber without complaint

Anonymous and private 







thanks to moeyz for title