night’s demons

I had another of those plaguing 3am wake-ups last night; 3am, which I’ve taken to calling the worrying hour for it’s always the hour at which people wake to brood, or dread. It’s the hour when we stare into the back heart of despair and can’t see a way out. It’s not a singular thing […]

I had another of those plaguing 3am wake-ups last night; 3am, which I’ve taken to calling the worrying hour for it’s always the hour at which people wake to brood, or dread. It’s the hour when we stare into the back heart of despair and can’t see a way out.

It’s not a singular thing that wakes me up at 3am; the BIG ISSUE I can sleep on; i know it, I understand it, I can cope. No, it’s Bukowski’s Shoelace, it’s the small, sharp implements of life, boring tiny holes into the skull. You can hear them at 3am; the world, and the mind, quiet down, and let in the grinding, scraping sounds of creeping madness.

I lie awake at 3am and stare at an invisible ceiling and make fatigue-addled lists of things I need to be doing; lists in my head that will be gone before morning, sleep or not. I let hopes run away with me, dread both named and un-named all the while dragging me down into the mire.

I dare not hope at 3am; it’s the meat the night’s demons feed on.

I lay in the dark for two hours, chasing elusive sleep, knowing that around me people blissfully slept, or rose for jobs that start at ungodly hours; finally one thought drew me from bed.

Coffee.

I sat in the dark waiting for a sunrise, drinking hot, black coffee and thinking; giving in to thoughts and hopes and dreams but not fears; they’re swept away with the cobwebs of sleep, at least for a moment. Chased by caffeine and sunrise, they retreat into dark, grim holes of night.

I look for a battle to fight. Enemies evaporate like smoke; I’ve nothing to smite, and the prize of my mind’s eye remains just beyond reach.

I hate nights like these.

5 thoughts on “night’s demons”

  1. Tried to comment earlier, but the computer messed up. May get this twice.
    I look for a battle to fight. Enemies evaporate like smoke; I’ve nothing to smite, and the prize of my mind’s eye remains just beyond reach.

    This is beautiful.

  2. Oh, I know those hours. Every day in fall of 2005 was like that. I would lie awake for hours, and then *maybe* sleep from like 1 am to 4 am. The voices in your head just won’t shut up at times like that.

  3. I haven’t been there in a long time, but oh, I know that kind of night. Or the kind of night where the minute you lie your head on the pillow, sleep dances on your edges, tantalzing you enough that you might doze for twenty minutes, only to awaken again and stare at the wall or the ceiling for an hour or two. Cruel sleep rinses, lathers and repeats until exhaustion battles with restless energy and restless energy wins, propelling you out of bed and into the living room, only to finally sleep the last forty minutes before it’s time to get ready for the day on the sofa.

    G-d, I hate those nights.

  4. and y’know, i was close to that again LAST night; i woke up worried about the stupided things, and worse, was dreaming about work. When I dream about work, I know exactly how stressed I am.

    *grumble*

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