12:45 a.m.

12:45 a.m. and I love the rain
when it comes like this
hard and steady on an August night
the light of my cigar glowing
as I stand beneath the eaves,
Maker’s Mark in hand
completely in command
of my existence,
unencumbered not lumbered
with anything more than
this moment in time
this rhythm this rhyme
this feeling divine,
the rain wiping clean every last thing
so a new day awaits
with no fate no destiny
just me
and the story I write
after this night in
the rain that I love
at 12:45 a.m.

Winner of the Poetry Palace Perfect Poet Award Week 50. 

32 thoughts on “12:45 a.m.

  1. Fantastic, masterful free verse. You’ve set the scene: the sights, the smells, the sounds, and everything sensory about one moment in time.

  2. It felt like I was watching one of those black and white movies…where the narrator tells the story that draws you in, the rhyme and the rhythm pulling you further in, till the last line when you realise that you are drenched by the rain, awaiting the next chapter of the story.

    • Thanks,that’s a wonderful comment! Though to be fair I was standing under a tiny roof, so I was wet, but not drenched, haha. I love the black and white movie comparison. It kind of felt like that.

    • Thank you Sir! I wanted to capture the moment of calmness and serene, as well as that feeling of possibility, that the whole world lay before me just waiting for me to choose.

  3. I love the rain, and I like the way you capture this moment – for some reason, maybe it’s your choice of words, I can almost hear and feel it. Nice.

  4. Thanks Kay! It was a very tranquil and a very whole moment, I felt completely at peace with myself. I’m glad I managed to capture it, not just to share it, but because I find myself going back to read it to relive the moment as much as I can sometimes when I’m feeling not quite so peaceful.

  5. I’m very pleased to have won the Perfect Poem Award for week 50 for 12:45 a.m.
    It’s a piece I felt really good about writing, and that sits really well whenever I go back and read it.
    Thanks for all the appreciation and glad to hear that others enjoyed it as well!

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