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A New Day at Midnight

October 17, 2009
By brianj BRONZE, Jeannette, Pennsylvania
brianj BRONZE, Jeannette, Pennsylvania
3 articles 10 photos 54 comments

Favorite Quote:
"the real trouble with reality is that there's no background music"
"i don't suffer from insanity. i enjoy every minute of it."
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” -Marianne Williamson. Trying so hard to believe this but SO not succeeding…..


Three hours of braving the seas
Three hours of seeing the unseen
180 minutes of staring at the clock
180 minutes of wishing time would stop

Tick-tock, tick-tock
Another hour gone and past
Tick-tock, tick-tock
A thousand children breathing fast

Three hours of tossing and turning
Longing for sleep, yearning for air
Three hours of lying in bed
Wishing for peace, searching the stair

180 minutes of getting instead
Screams in the night
Blood spilled on the floor
Lives lost to a closing door

Tick-tock, tick-tock
I won’t be getting sleep tonight
Tick-tock, tick-tock
A new day at midnight

Three hours, a million deaths
A thousand children taking their last breath
I just stay and lie in bed
Time lost, tears streaming in my head


The author's comments:
Every now and then I wonder what happens outside of my window at night. I wonder what's going on in the streets below the safety of my bed. That question was my inspiration for writing this piece.

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on Apr. 20 2010 at 8:46 pm
UnderstandMEClearlyNOW PLATINUM, Fayetteville, North Carolina
23 articles 14 photos 44 comments

Favorite Quote:
Imperfection is beauty; Madness is genius. It is better to be absolutely ridiculous then totally boring~~Marlin Monroe

twas amazing! I really love your style of writing!

on Apr. 1 2010 at 8:00 pm
elfiewrites BRONZE, Hillsdale, New Jersey
3 articles 0 photos 114 comments

Favorite Quote:
"The seat of knowledge is in the head, of wisdom, in the heart."~William Hazlitt
"Be yourself, everyone else is taken."

I love this! You are an insanely talented writer! I would love if you can comment on my work, as well. Thanks so much.

on Mar. 31 2010 at 8:56 pm
BasketballChick5, San Diego, California
0 articles 1 photo 114 comments

Favorite Quote:
:)Just Do It:) <3

i like  this one to

on Feb. 26 2010 at 3:12 pm
Karlynne PLATINUM, Orange Park, Florida
21 articles 0 photos 99 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
-Vivian Greene

lol. it was off day for me yesterday. i had a hard time with words appartently. lol.

brianj BRONZE said...
on Feb. 26 2010 at 11:31 am
brianj BRONZE, Jeannette, Pennsylvania
3 articles 10 photos 54 comments

Favorite Quote:
"the real trouble with reality is that there's no background music"
"i don't suffer from insanity. i enjoy every minute of it."
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” -Marianne Williamson. Trying so hard to believe this but SO not succeeding…..

ha ha thnx.....i think.....i'll check out your work :)

on Feb. 23 2010 at 3:31 pm
Karlynne PLATINUM, Orange Park, Florida
21 articles 0 photos 99 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
-Vivian Greene

know wat? on second thought, disregard my last two replies.....

new reply----> your a very talented writer. love yur work!!! :)

on Feb. 23 2010 at 3:28 pm
Karlynne PLATINUM, Orange Park, Florida
21 articles 0 photos 99 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
-Vivian Greene

wait, i just reread my coment and im not sayin tht ur original. lol. i meant everyone wonders wats goin on out side while inside but no one was smart enough to put it into a poem. lol. now im rambling.

on Feb. 23 2010 at 3:26 pm
Karlynne PLATINUM, Orange Park, Florida
21 articles 0 photos 99 comments

Favorite Quote:
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...
It's about learning to dance in the rain.
-Vivian Greene

i love how ur inspiration for ur poem came from something that everyone has probably thought about. your a very talented writer. check out one of my poems. much appreciated!! :):):):)

brianj BRONZE said...
on Jan. 2 2010 at 10:57 am
brianj BRONZE, Jeannette, Pennsylvania
3 articles 10 photos 54 comments

Favorite Quote:
"the real trouble with reality is that there's no background music"
"i don't suffer from insanity. i enjoy every minute of it."
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” -Marianne Williamson. Trying so hard to believe this but SO not succeeding…..

Ha, ha, no problem! I always try to rate people's pieces, but it never shows up on the computer! But, hey, I just appreciate the effort. ha ha Thanks for the feedback! :)

on Jan. 1 2010 at 11:13 am
allison99 BRONZE, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
3 articles 0 photos 13 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Just because you don't understand it doesn't mean it isn't so."

This is really great! I sometimes wonder this myself, actually. And sorry, because I meant to rate this five stars and the stupid laptop mouse slipped and I clicked one. So sorry about that! It's really great, though! :D

on Dec. 24 2009 at 8:50 pm
writergirl22 SILVER, In, New York
6 articles 0 photos 66 comments

Favorite Quote:
"Never frown. You never know who's falling in love with your smile." -Anounymous

i really liked the idea for this poem

i know how you feel when you're just lying awake wondering what is going on in the world outside of your bedroom

i really like how you captured that in this poem

brianj BRONZE said...
on Oct. 30 2009 at 2:34 pm
brianj BRONZE, Jeannette, Pennsylvania
3 articles 10 photos 54 comments

Favorite Quote:
"the real trouble with reality is that there's no background music"
"i don't suffer from insanity. i enjoy every minute of it."
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” -Marianne Williamson. Trying so hard to believe this but SO not succeeding…..

Ha, ha! I'm commenting on your comment. (inside joke) Thanks, Natalie! I'm glad you thought this piece was "inspirational." This is kind of deja vous, but I wrote it one night when it was pretty close to 12:00 A.M. and I just was too awake to even think about sleeping. Well, I guess caffeinated tea has a way of getting you to think about things. Thanks so much for your feedback!

huntonn BRONZE said...
on Oct. 29 2009 at 4:41 pm
huntonn BRONZE, Harrison City, Pennsylvania
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This piece is amazing because in my opinion it shows how good we have it in life. The lines "blood spilled on the floor lives lost to a closing door" caught my attention. This line captures how life is for people who are less fortunate and how people are dying when we are all sound asleep. I also found the last stanza amazingly moving. When you say "Three hours, a million deaths a thousand children taking their last breath" I actually started to weep on the inside because these lines are so true. While we Americans are peacefully sleeping and going throughout our day without a care in the world, we fail to notice the children who lose their lives each and every day due to the fact they don't have an adequate life style. I hope others who read this piece are too deeply moved and take a stand to helping others. Keep up the wonderful writing for it truly is moving and inspirational .

brianj BRONZE said...
on Oct. 22 2009 at 5:04 pm
brianj BRONZE, Jeannette, Pennsylvania
3 articles 10 photos 54 comments

Favorite Quote:
"the real trouble with reality is that there's no background music"
"i don't suffer from insanity. i enjoy every minute of it."
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?” -Marianne Williamson. Trying so hard to believe this but SO not succeeding…..

I don't normally write poems, but that was the only writing form that truly fit the feeling of laying in bed longing to sleep, but being too distracted. I'd love to hear what you think!

-Thanks