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Craig Kirchner: 4 AM

Art by Sophia Wiseman-Rose 2024

4 A.M.


by Craig Kirchner


I’m sitting alone at 4 A.M.

drinking a delicious Pinot,

and attempting, pretending, here at the desk,

to write something interesting

or perhaps entertaining.


Since nothing is coming, I suppose instead,

that I’m the most expensive

bottle of Pinot Noir, let’s say in Florida,

and I’m given the choice of whom I will be consumed by.


Add to that the lucky selectant,

doesn’t necessarily need to be

someone who can afford me,

and the musings jump to more important criteria.


It should be someone who will savor my essence,

and appreciate my intensity and vintage.

Someone whose deft handling,

and patient swirling with the tongue

will make this the experience of a lifetime.


It will need to be someone who doesn’t hate,

someone empathetic, a lover of animals and children,

all living things. Sophisticated,

enough to look good in the process,

and no anxiety. Anxiety is bad for digestion.


They should be interesting and entertaining,

They should be capable of conveying the experience to others,

the majesty of the moment,

capable of writing it down at 4 A.M.,

if that is what becomes necessary.


Craig Kirchner thinks of poetry as hobo art, loves storytelling and the aesthetics of the paper and pen. He has had two poems nominated for the Pushcart, and has a book of poetry, Roomful of NavelsAfter a writing hiatus he was recently published in Decadent Review, Wild Violet, Last Leaves, Literary Heist, Ariel Chart, Cape Magazine, Flora Fiction, Young Ravens, Chiron Review, Yellow Mama, Valiant Scribe and several dozen other journals.

Sophia Wiseman-Rose (aka Sr. Sophia Rose) is a Paramedic and an Anglican novice Franciscan nun, in the UK.  Both careers have given Sophia a great deal of exposure to the extremes in life and have provided great inspiration for her.  

 She has travelled to many countries, on medical missions and for modelling (many years ago), but has spent most of her life between the USA and the UK. She is currently residing in a rural Franciscan community and will soon be moving to London to be with a community there.  

 In addition, Sophia had a few poems and short stories in editions of Black Petals Horror/Science Fiction Magazine

The majority of her artwork can be found on her website.



In Association with Black Petals & Fossil Publications 2024