At 3 am


Shapeless silver-shod moonlight splashes
the polished floorboards: where I like to stand
with you

at 3 am

while your breathing follows an arc
back to sleep
in my arms

While I wait
for an arrival of steady rhythm:
rise and fall, rise and fall

and the soft weight of sleep
to hold your weight against me.

The curtain is half-open against the quiet world
where everyone is asleep in their own silence

Except you
and me

But I can wait

I’ve got all night

And no where else to be.


Cameron Hindrum lives, writes and works in Launceston, Tasmania. He has coordinated the annual Tasmanian Poetry Festival since 2003. The Blue Cathedral, his first novel, was publishd in 2011 and launched at Melbourne Writers' Festival 2012. He has published poetry, short fiction and non fiction in a range of journals including IslandForty Degrees SouthFamous ReporterPendulumBlue GiraffeAskew Poetry JournalPoets Republic andParadox, (a bilingual English-Indonesian literary journal). He won the 2008 WordStorm Poetry Slam in Darwin. Another Lost Shark Publications published the first - Private Conversations Volume 1 - of Cameron's two poetry collections to appear in 2012, with this collection - Private Conversations Volume 2 - its companion piece. The poem 'At 3 am' appears in both Private Conversations Volume 2, and famous reporter 43.