At dawn those dogs, cats, and husbands who
have been locked out are welcomed in. They are
given seats by the fire, and asked to tell stories
to women who have not slept, but tossed and
turned in warm beds.
“Tell us once more,” the women beg,
“how it will end.”
The storytellers tell them: “That strange things
have been known to happen,”
and come up with examples.
Later, they soften, and tell them things like this:
“The sun is in my eyes, ~ if I say this about you,
it means something else entirely.”