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Updated on July 28, 2013

Tick tock goes the clock

Ever so faintly on the desk top

My flaming lamp softly glows

As I watch tonight’s shadowy show

Those menacing characters on my wall

Dancing with rhythm like witches on lawn

Frantically moving to the beat of night sounds

Relentlessly all night – no end to be found

Whether I gaze here or there

No matter where my eyes stare

There is always movement to glare

In my room that I now share

The mind knows there are no blanks

Entertainment is free no need for thanks

For those who cannot find peace

In the joys of unconscious sleep

Company is found among the shadowy dancers

Who themselves never sleep

In the lonely hours of Zombie nights

Where thoughts and troubles and worries are deep.

© Copyright Maria D'Alessandro 2013. All Rights Reserved.


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    • scrittobene profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria D'Alessandro 

      5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @Gypsy Rose Lee - thanks for dropping by Gypsy and commenting. Cheers.

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      Maria D'Alessandro 

      5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @always exploring - Thanks for your comment. Yes it certainly comes to the point where one should be able to just let go of all thoughts and worries and try to sink into a sweet slumber.

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      Maria D'Alessandro 

      5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @ Tony DeLorger - glad you liked my little antithesis to "Zombie Mornings" LOLOLOL I was truly inspired. I now await comments from my learned friend Epigramman who hasn't given me his rave review yet. I think I better go read some of his gems first - he gets moody sometimes as writers often do LOL especially if he is deprived of attention from his favorite followers and I do admit I have been remiss in my duties. :)

    • scrittobene profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria D'Alessandro 

      5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @Vincent Moore - Thank you Vincent for your comment. Yes the wee hours of the night are when inspiration often comes to those of us who lean towards the creative. I have written quite a few poems or lyrics around the devil's hour of 3am. Seems as though imagination is more vivid and the mind can more easily create in dim light fueled by the sounds of silence.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. Have had some zombie nights myself. Very expressive.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      Between reading this and reading Vincent's comment, i am in awe indeed. The shadows do visit and put on a nightly show, the key is to watch and when tired, polietly tell them, " Go blow. " Thank you..Loved it. Thank you...

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      Tony DeLorger 

      5 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Well done Maria, an inspiration worth fighting for. I should say scitto bene but it is somehow inappropriate. Nice imagery and description of your nightly consciousness, when all, other than shadows, have found the oblivion of slumber. Good luck tonight; perhaps the expression of insomnia may bid you a sound nightly sleep. One can only hope.

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      Vincent Moore 

      5 years ago

      Oh yes indeed the stalkers of the nights deep shadowy figures always entertaining our restless sleep. It always intrigues me how every sound and movement is more pronounced at night, its like they command attention and we, the zombies must be their slaves and jump and be alert to their every demand. Yet they are also fine partners when we must scribe, they watch us and lurk in the shadows inspiring each word that finds its way from our soul, encouraging us to let it go, for rhyme or reason, prose for those who know. Well written my scribe, I sensed your restlessness with the shows of your night and the tick tock of your clock. Sleep well my poet.

    • scrittobene profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria D'Alessandro 

      5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      @ cleaner3 - Many thanks buddy. Thanks for dropping by.

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      5 years ago from Pueblo, Colorado

      awesome and beautiful..poetry


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