Early Riser


Dawn draws nigh

As time goes by

And I am left here wanting


Nothing worse

Than tragic curse

For the words I am hunting



In monotone

Counts down to an end


War profuse

In words to choose

And the time I spend


It’s no fun

When left undone

The poem I came to write


Pen will cease

Its thoughtful tease

With the coming light


Tough it seems

That in my dreams

Words have their own wills


Work does call

For after all

Its what pays the bills


13 Responses to “Early Riser”
  1. beth says:

    work is always getting in the way )

  2. jonicaggiano says:

    I am glad you do or we wouldn’t get to read such pieces. This one really hit home with me because I get an idea and it is usually at night. I write a few lines but often it is revisited the first few lines that I can finish. Great piece I am guessing most poets feel similarly. You described it beautifully though Brad. Have a lovely day. Sending a lot of hugs and love your way. Jonikins

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Thank you dear Jonikins! It is nice to know I am not the only one. Hugs and kisses!

      • jonicaggiano says:

        You are not alone believe me regarding this challenge. Sending hugs and kisses back. Thanks for those I miss getting hugs from friends. So another really strong hug. I am not one of those one arm huggers I am all in. Maybe it is a southern thing but we are big huggers. Love ya Brad, Jonikins

  3. kristianw84 says:

    Oof! I felt this one!! Although, I am currently not working, the thought of the mundane has my skin crawling, but we do what we must, and such is life, all things require balance!

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    I find it so interesting how people are wired differently, and we can all be productive in our own ways. Are you an early morning writer, Brad? I used to have students who could concentrate, despite all kinds of noise and different activities happening in my classroom. I could never do that.

  5. Jim Borden says:

    perhaps work may also inspire some of your poetry, so maybe it does more than just pay the bills… 🙂

  6. Matcha says:

    I too rise early. It is the only way to get things done. Work also always makes me cut things short.

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