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Poetry After Midnight - Version 2

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Poetry After Midnight - Version 2

Finally, the hectic day is over,
and all I want to do is sleep.
But, as soon as my head hits the pillow
that voice of inspiration comes to me in the darkness.

Brilliant words flow to me from out of nowhere.
And as I have learned before,
if I don't write these lines down now,
they will be gone by morning.
No matter how hard I try to remember them, I cannot.
The poetry that came to me in the darkness. is gone forever.

I am blinded as I turn on the lamp
but, I find my paper and pen, and begin to write.
The endless ticking of the clock on the wall
is like torture, as the time flies past the midnight hour.

But, every time I turn off the light and lay back in bed,
that haunting voice starts to torment me, again.
So, I have no choice, but to get back up and write, again.
The same thing keeps occurring at 3 a.m., 4 a.m., 5 a.m.,
and now the light of dawn begins to show.

Under these circumstances,
poetry can be a blessing and a curse.
Because, some of my best work
has come to me after midnight.

Copyright © Kelly Deschler

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  1. Date: 6/30/2014 5:24:00 PM
    Oh's amazing how much sleep we lose when that lovely muse comes along, but who am I to complain! I am sure that the best poems I write come to mind at night. An other entertaining version. // paul

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 7/3/2014 11:56:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you so much for reading and commenting on both versions of this poem. I really appreciate it, Paul!.... I know for sure that my best poems come to mind late at night, or at the most inopportune times. In the end, it is usually worth losing a little sleep over!
  1. Date: 3/25/2014 11:42:00 PM
    I really like this. it seems very familiar to me. Maybe it is a lot like part one that you wrote? It's so true that we can have our best thoughts when it's just so dang late!

    Deschler Avatar Kelly Deschler
    Date: 3/26/2014 5:41:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Versions 1 and 2 are pretty much the same poem. Except, one is a quatrain, and the other is free verse. I felt like my feelings weren't expressed enough in the quatrain version, so I wrote a free verse version, too. I just wasn't sure which poem to post, since both turned out well! Thank you for the kind comments, Andrea! :)
  1. Date: 11/20/2013 8:21:00 PM
    Kelly, , Congratulations on your win ~xox~ LINDA

  1. Date: 11/16/2013 7:22:00 PM
    Enjoyed the way you expressed one aspect of the writing process. 'I have lost inspirations many times by not writing it down when it comes no matter where or time of day or night. Congrats on the win :)

  1. Date: 11/15/2013 7:46:00 PM
    Congrad's on your win. Light & Love

  1. Date: 11/15/2013 6:44:00 PM
    ah yes, this one pulled me in because I can relate to the words, all too well! a poet's toil burning the midnight oil haha I don't know why it is that the words seem to come after midnight...congrats on your win in my contest! :)

  1. Date: 11/14/2013 6:28:00 AM
    Yes, it can be a blessing and a curse for sure when one looses sleep over the issue..Thanks for the visit to my page..Sara

  1. Date: 11/12/2013 9:13:00 PM
    Beautiful poem Kelly!! I can relate totally to this. It is the beautiful annoyance of poem, when words come to visit, and want to be written down. Deeply expressed. Enjoyable overall. Check out some of mine. Peace.

  1. Date: 11/8/2013 6:18:00 PM
    right on target about the muse coming at such late hiurs.. tremendous, impressive images for night owling, kel..:) huggs

  1. Date: 11/6/2013 6:41:00 PM
    night time alone brings out the best writing excellent piece

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 4:52:00 PM
    Hi Kelly, I liked this one as I can relate..Most of my writing occurs late at night...Well done my friend.. Ken

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 11:46:00 AM
    Your craziness for poetry tell us one thing clearly that you love to write and most of the time you think about the environment of poetrysoup or about your poem's note book."CRAZY" is most important to get something from anything which all can't do.Sometimes i also tried to not write as it takes most of my study time...but can't.Great work...

  1. Date: 11/5/2013 9:51:00 AM
    There appears to be a pattern among us of late night words of inspiration dancing in our heads. Lovely words Kelly :)

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 8:04:00 PM
    oh how well I think all poets can relate to this piece...mine used to always come at it's occasional nights but more she comes when I am driving my bus full of children...and no way to write then, someone told me to get a recorder and talk as I, the kids would think I was nuts....enjoyed this write from you! hugs :)

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 4:34:00 PM
    Thank you for your comment on my friend Midnight she is my buddy, and little labby lovey.cheri

  1. Date: 11/4/2013 3:50:00 PM
    I enjoyed this version too Kelly. I arise from bed at 3am every day, and that's when the words just flow out. I always write two poems each morning for my lady, and have done for years. Thanks for these enjoyable poems...peter