My Part of The World Is Asleep

Centurions of the sleeping....
Centurions of the sleeping.... | Source

The still time of the night....


There is a still time of the night,

when rings and honkings seem taken flight

to some place far away,

the time before the break of day.

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My loved one sleeps. She needs the rest.

This time of day I love the best,

but rarely seek its silent time

when best my words slip into rhyme.

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It's the time when the world stands still

for just an instant without the will

which drives the clocks, the motors too,

which bubbles life like a pot of stew.

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Of course there are the valiant few,

centurions of the sleeping milieu,

ready should a fire break out,

or to catch the thief with a hearty shout;

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But wishing for the dawn are they,

ready to wearily wend their way

homeward at the break of day,

homeward for another brief stay.

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This precious time is theirs and mine.

I could phone and hear a human voice,

but that is not my stillness choice,

so precious is this time.

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Too soon the lightening comes,

and with it the daily drums,

the street's swift beat of human feet

crossing cross, some with deceit.

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But now, just now, stillness prevails,

no clang of bells, no sirens' wails,

to break the quiet reverie....

this time before the bugles' revely.

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The dozing cat and I dream on.

Soon, too soon, the breaking dawn

and time to turn the radio on,

and hear commercials drone on, and on.


(c) 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.




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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

Great poem, Voted up.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Thanks writer20, neighbor too, it was written (after some quick checking of others' Hubs) starting around 4:45 AM and got buried with everyone's "Sunday onslaught." Thanks again for taking your own time to comment. It is indeed a precious, and all-too-small, portion of each day which follows the midnight revelers and ends with the crack-of-dawners.


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Ivona Poyntz 4 years ago from UK

Ah, the peace and quiet before rush hour: well portrayed!


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carolinemd21 4 years ago from Close to Heaven

Wow P this is very deep. Very good thoughts. Love the words you used. Voted up.


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Loi-Renee 4 years ago from Jamaica

You are so right, time is precious. I love this time of day; the peace and quiet you so beautifully described. Voted up and beautiful.


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

I really like this poem Mr. P! I am normally not a morning person, but whenever I'm at the beach, I enjoy getting up before the dawn and enjoying this time to have the ocean all to myself before the sun rises.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ivona Poyntz: We all seek some peace and quiet in our lives. There is a time every day, no matter where we are, which we can claim as entirely our own. Here is a clue to when that is, for anyone who really craves it. thanks for the Comment and knowing when that time is for you.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

carolinemd21: In a big city the wee hours peace and calm has to be "relatively speaking" but the contrast to the busiest hours can still be refreshing; the same refreshing that some of your great poems can bring.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Loi-Renee: You know whereof I speak. Sometimes I find myself in that almost sacred, quiet time, by default for a workaholic proclivity has swept me into it unbeknownst,and suddenly I realize the time is mine alone with its peace and calm a blessing. Thanks for commenting and identifying with the thoughts.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

April Reynolds: Any place, any time, when the world is yours to enjoy privately is a wonderful time to share it with Him and praise Him for His creation, including oneself. I know from your writings that you do that, and not just on a pre-dawn beach.


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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

This has been another of those mornings and I have taken the time to comment real-time with Hubbers I follow in India and Indonesia, the Philippines, and Australia and read some of their Hubs in real-time. The quiet time here, the busy times there. The world is smaller then.

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