Five A.M. Poem by Allen Ginsberg

Five A.M.

Rating: 3.5

Elan that lifts me above the clouds
into pure space, timeless, yea eternal
Breath transmuted into words
Transmuted back to breath
in one hundred two hundred years
nearly Immortal, Sappho's 26 centuries
of cadenced breathing - beyond time, clocks, empires, bodies, cars,
chariots, rocket ships skyscrapers, Nation empires
brass walls, polished marble, Inca Artwork
of the mind - but where's it come from?
Inspiration? The muses drawing breath for you? God?
Nah, don't believe it, you'll get entangled in Heaven or Hell -
Guilt power, that makes the heart beat wake all night
flooding mind with space, echoing through future cities, Megalopolis or
Cretan village, Zeus' birth cave Lassithi Plains - Otsego County
farmhouse, Kansas front porch?
Buddha's a help, promises ordinary mind no nirvana -
coffee, alcohol, cocaine, mushrooms, marijuana, laughing gas?
Nope, too heavy for this lightness lifts the brain into blue sky
at May dawn when birds start singing on East 12th street -
Where does it come from, where does it go forever? .

Chris Mendros 30 October 2007

A catalog of images stretching far beyond conventional limits. Excellent!

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J P Klegg 22 July 2005

The Wild Man speaketh.

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* Sunprincess * 31 January 2014 five a.m. some very entertaining and wonderfully strange with vividly imaginative and sometimes disturbing thoughts can come into anyone's mind....but even more thought provoking is just where do thoughts come from....does anyone does the mind create these thoughts faster than the speed of light...

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Douglas Scotney 14 November 2014

you have got the word in there Alan: 'space'.

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Lenny Gazbowski 14 November 2014

Great expansive imagery!

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Chinedu Dike 01 December 2022

A wonderful piece of poetry written with conviction

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Richard Wlodarski 30 November 2022

It's no wonder that he and best friend Kerouac loved this hour!

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MAHTAB BANGALEE 30 November 2022

it's eternal the gyre of life and death; nothing has the fixed stoppage; continuous process of nature

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Michael Walker 07 December 2019

Extraordinary thoughts for 5am. What a soaring imagination!

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Christine Brew 12 March 2019

Nah, don't believe it, you'll get entangled in Heaven or *snaps incoherently *

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