Patrick O'Reilly

Rookie (1988 / St John's, NL)

3am And It's Quiet - Poem by Patrick O'Reilly

It gets quiet at 3am.
The bedsheets are wrinkled and rolled back.
Another half empty cup of coffee,
Another crumpled sheet of paper.
Elbows on the table, head in hands.

It gets quiet at 3am.
The only sound is the calm traffic in the street below,
And the late-night infomercial.
A breeze shakes the drapes.

It gets quiet at 3am.
I rub the sleep from my eyes and look out the window.
The streets are a ghostown, lonesome
And soaked in the early morning wet.

I'd like to lay down forever,
But it gets too quiet to sleep.

Comments about 3am And It's Quiet by Patrick O'Reilly

  • Chris G. Vaillancourt (10/13/2009 3:30:00 PM)

    This is a great work. (Report)Reply

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  • (1/27/2007 12:51:00 PM)

    When my children were brand new, I secretly loved 3am feedings: just the baby and me, and the night. I felt like a little thief stealing calm from the hands of daily chaos. Once in a while we saw the first hint of light creeping up, like it caught us in the act and shared our secret. This captures that feeling of stillness, and being seduced by it. Nice! (Report)Reply

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  • (11/22/2006 10:57:00 PM)


    I've been there.

    A lot.

    Sometimes... it's nice.

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  • (7/20/2006 8:52:00 AM)

    ah the nice insomnia visitor... good way of describing it man.. i suffer myself (Report)Reply

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  • (5/31/2006 8:49:00 PM)

    nights when i would sleep by a window down near the beach, i would listen to
    the crickets outside & i think that was the last time i slept so well... i was 13.
    liked the last couplet. Sus

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 10, 2006

Poem Edited: Tuesday, June 20, 2006

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