Three in the A.M.

20 Sep

It is just about that time of night
when you begin to lose your way
in the darkness and become like soft
mad dancing rain hitting the pavement,
just waiting for the dawn to burn you up.

It is just about that time of morning
when a cigarette burning in the night
is the only light between you and sanity.
As you fumble with the pack you think
of Christ, and then wish you had a match.

It is just about that time of night
when you wake up in a cold, cold
sweat and realize how truly alone
you sometimes usually are.
You stretch out like a cold metal
clanging against the sheets.

Yeah, it is three in the A.M.
and Goddamn
if it just never
quits!

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5 Responses to “Three in the A.M.”

  1. ShonEjai September 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm #

    Beautiful! I love it!

  2. chrisineedstoshare October 12, 2011 at 5:00 am #

    It’s 3 A.M. and I just read this and I understood every line, every thought as if it were my own. Very real, very good.

    • mattspotentialpoetry October 19, 2011 at 2:34 am #

      This is actually quite an ancient piece, but I’ve been alone in the dark so many nights at three in the a.m. and stumbled upon it one night, and simply knew I had to post it! Glad it resonated with you so much- thanks for stopping by. Peace.

  3. Tanya October 19, 2011 at 3:23 am #

    Wow, I can so relate to this & the 3am loneliness. Just lovely

    • mattspotentialpoetry October 19, 2011 at 3:25 am #

      As I type this reply it is 3:24, so to say I know all about the loneliness of three in the a.m. is a gross understatement, and this poem was written about ten years ago, so it has been true for awhile. Thanks so much for stopping by, and the kind words. Peace.

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