10 O'Clock

10 O'Clock

A Poem by Jessica Jean

I forgot how quickly

Ten o’clock creeps about

First you’re dreaming and musing

Then it’s upon without a sound


And every late-goer knows

That before he can count

Eleven is swiftly here

Carrying midnight soon about


And then it is one

And you try to fall deep

Deep into dreaming

Deep into sleep


But that’s when thoughts rush in

As the mind tries to out

When you try hardest to suppress

But they always leak out


The obsessions by night

Live as thoughts during the day

Gathering scenarios and “ifs”

For at nighttime to play



A theatre of dreams

Acts about in my head

As I slumber safe in the audience

Safe in my bed

© 2013 Jessica Jean

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I think this is especially true in college when you have so many things to do and so many people to see. I know what you mean about having those thoughts rush in before dreaming; I often have the same thing happen to me before I go to sleep. As you show us though, dreamland is quite an exquisite theater when we finally reach it.

Posted 10 Years Ago

Jessica Jean

10 Years Ago

Love it! I found myself nodding and agreeing with everything as I read it. I love the flow and the rhyme scheme as well. Nice work!


Posted 10 Years Ago

Jessica Jean

10 Years Ago

Thanks!!! :)

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Added on January 8, 2013
Last Updated on January 9, 2013
Tags: ten o'clock, time, late, night, nighttime, sleep, anxiety, theatre, theater, eleven, clock, midnight, obsession, thoughts


Jessica Jean
Jessica Jean


I'm 19 from Long Island. Poetry is my muse, my best friend, and where I feel most myself. When I finish a poem, I feel like I've put a shining star down on paper. more..