The Inevitability of 3 A.M.

People die at 3 a.m.

It's a popular time

To succumb


People cry at 3 a.m.

The velvet darkness

Is a friend


The past's alive at 3 a.m.

The future clashes

With it then


The future looms at 3 a.m.

Its less optimistic

Than in the sun


Leavings are planned at 3 a.m.

No stopping time

Nowhere to run


  • Terthas

    A good write, Lorna. 3am can feel quite depressing in one’s loneliness. However the sun always shines bright only hours from then and the eyes see all the beautiful colors and nature’s provisions and mankind’s ingenuity. It doesn’t make up for those 3am pains, I know. But 3am is the only 3am in a day. There are still 23 greater hours to go after making it through the one.

    I hope that I have made sense. It’s 5am here after all and my day has yet to bloom.

    • Terthas

      That song is amazing by the way. I love Matchbox 20 and Rob Thomas.

      • Lorna

        Thanks Terthas - I just found this Matchbox song and love it and its lyrics......

      • 2 more comments

      • nicolibellamont

        Made me smile.

        • Lorna

          That's good....... the sun must be up.

        • orchidee

          All that while we're asleep - well, usually, or hopefully!

          • Lorna

            Xactly Orchi........ best escape is to be asleep at that time!

          • Laura


            So uncanny that you chose this particular time to write about. My father died at 3:00a.m. on a Monday !

            You’re so right...
            “No stopping time
            Nowhere to run”

            Loved the write complemented with the pic and video! Perfectly orchestrated!


            • Lorna

              You're always so nice Laura........ Not sure I always deserve the favs though..... 3 a.m. is infamous........... There's Frank Sinatra's song also: One for My Baby (and One More for the Road) - that was a quarter to 3........

              • Laura

                Don’t shortchange yourself! You deserve all the favs you get!
                When I read a verse and I think it deserves a comment, I will comment and save it in my favs!
                Yes, ol blue eyes! A former boss of mine introduced me to Frank Sinatra’s music! He was obsessed with Sinatra! When he passed away (my former boss), he left me his entire collection of Sinatra’s music!


              • 2 more comments

              • dusk arising

                Yes those early hours certainly have something. I know i have written many pieces during them when night has solidly settled but i can't.
                Your piece is so easily readable and entertaining whilst having depth but, i'm glad to say, no darkness.
                Wish i'd written it!!! LOL It's going into my favourites.

                • Lorna

                  Wow- thanks!

                • Michael Edwards

                  Thankfully I'm always fast asleep at 3am - great write Lorna

                • Lawless

                  Well written poem about that magic hour.

                  I wake up at 3am 5 days a week. I used to go to bed at that hour when I was a yute! Life is much better now.

                • Goldfinch60

                  Very good write. 3am is the time that I remember something I have been trying to remember all day!

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