Friday, 2 April 2010

Obey The Muse

Having woken up at the wonderful hour of three o'clock, the phrase 'doldrums of the night' lodged itself in my brain, and became ever more insistent. There was no hope for it, but to obey its call and come downstairs to allow it to take shape and be born into the world. But it was not satisfied. It pestered me until I had turned it into a Friday 55 for G-Man. So here it is.


Doldrums of the night
when falling rain leads the dance;
time when no birds sing.
Silent motorway
adds occasional murmur
from speeding tyres
of night-owl drivers,
heading towards the new dawn.
They will alert larks,
birds who greet the day
and wake Morpheus from sleep
with gentle calling,
while dreamers nestle in his arms.


  1. I love the call of the middle of the's beautiful... great 55

  2. What a treat for us, that you obeyed the muse.

  3. "La Belle Dame" Jinksy deserves a big "Merci" for this one!

  4. I love the second line!
    Do you write so well at 3.30 am?
    What a beautiful 55!
    Happy Easter!
    Mine is here

  5. sometimes i just have to get out of bed and find a pen...nice 55. hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    mine is uP!

  6. I loved this poem. I also wake up at 3:00, 3:03, 3:30, 3:33 - I have an affinity for the 3's! It is God's way of speaking with me. Have a wonderful day!

  7. It's the dog that usually wakes me( never my wife) and while waiting for it to find the fox that is never there I write something as well. Funny old world.My story is here.

  8. Wow....that is so descriptive in so little words. You really painted a perfect picture...I can see, hear and feel everything!!

    Mine is posted HERE. As always, scroll down below my Friday Show n Tell to find my 55.

    Have a great holiday weekend.

  9. Well you made good use of the time Jinksy! Everything is so quiet at that time of the morning - a good time to write. :)

    Mine's up too.

  10. Hello Jinksy,

    Maybe I should try 3am for a little poetic stimulus? But the arms of Morpheus are terribly comfortable!

  11. That was worth getting up for!

  12. This was really nice. 3AM is a nice, peaceful hour!

    My 55 is here if you'd like to read.

  13. Good poem, jinksy! I don't do the 55 words thing. I can't even say hello properly in 55 words....

    She didn't write poems, but when asked to describe the difference between writing short stories and writing a novel, Flannery O'Connor said it was like coming out of a dark wood only to find that you have been set upon by wolves....

  14. Thanks for obeying. Nice read there Jinksy.

  15. I love the night, I am always up

    Great 55, mine is up

  16. That was dedication for you.
    I would have wrestled in bed.
    Glad you gave in to it.

    Nuts in May

  17. ooooh, Jinksy, this is really nice. You can get up in the middle of the night any time and write what is on your midnight (or later) mind. This really is one of the best.

  18. Jinksy...?
    Maybe you should stay up late more often!
    This was a GEM!!!
    Excellent 55 My Friend..
    Thank you so much for visiting, thanks for playing, and have a Happy Easter, and a Kick Ass Week-End...G

  19. 'while dreamers nestle in his arms.'

    gah! loved well :)


  20. i'm usually going to bed at that time... sometimes :)

    happy easter ;)

  21. Hi Jinksy
    having woken to a rainy Saturday morning your poem was very highway though, although the early bird surfers driving to the point breaks when it is still dark sound like a highway some mornings...

    Happy days

  22. I only want to utter profanity during a bad night.

  23. Yes, the silence of night. Very nice nocturnal poem. Have a lovely Easter.

  24. hello jinksy - the middle of the night awakening is an almost daily/nightly experience for me. i especially love it when it's raining and open the window to let in the delicious sound and smell. have a lovely day. steven

  25. Take more naps during the day so you can write more at night.

  26. you should have got in touch. I was still awake at 3am, not having been able to get to sleep at all. I took 2 sleeping pills which made me very drowsy this morning.

    I also tried to compose something, it's very gloomy, maybe I'll post it some time. I wonder if we should have a chat room with the fridge soup.

  27. Hi Jinksy, I know just how you felt. I once had to do the same! S

  28. Late reading this but I truly did enjoy, from one who seldoms sleeps, your words are comforting Jinksy.


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