Tuesday, January 24, 2012

The Five AM Curse

Stare at the Sol sign
Long enough
And a man becomes thirsty
Strong drink
Becomes the journey
Weak herb
And dry tobacco
Tell her
I'll be coming back though
I crave dark streets
And cobblestones
A place where the rooster
Is your nemesis
Sand looks like dust
When you're 20 feet tall
The sky consumes
And then expands
Like the thoughts
Like the sea
Like the ship
That you land
If it doesn't make sense
Tell that to them
You see,
I found this pencil
At five a.m.

 — Kevin Rudd

Kevin Rudd was born in the summer of 1981 in Amarillo, Texas. Son of a rebellious Harley-riding Marine and a kind, southern nurse. The Five AM Curse is one of Kevin's many contributions to the Bar None Anthology. His next destination seems to be unknown, look in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains or the High Rockies if searching.


  1. I used to do vacation all over Texas, definitely been in Amarillo, Texas, thanks for the introduction or background information.

    Glad to see you share.

  2. Good to have met your acquaintance Taylor...keep composing.

  3. I was born in Lockney, Texas and lived in Petersburg and later in Levelland before moving to Illinois and I'm glad, so glad to meet another Texan.
    Loved your poem and I thought it made perfect sense in an insane sort of way, but then again my son says I'm a bit tetched in the head. LOL!! Blessings.


    1. Howdy Elizena!

      The misconception about Texas is that we are known only for cowboys, football and country music. The truth is that cowboys, football and country music are the basic building blocks for a well-rounded education in life.