Only Live


You are here only for a spell.

The days you are given are few.

Suddenly, time will expire,

And you will take leave of this world.


For whom do you arise?

What purpose raises you from slumber?

Which destiny moves your feet?

Does your mind seek acceptance?


For what design is your life given?

Are others allowed to assay you?

Do you prevent their manipulation?

Or do you dance as a marionette?


For what power, what force do you move?

Who and what has mastered you?

Were you stolen, sold into slavery?

Entombed by the chains of servitude?


Loose yourself from this invisible grip!

Slip from this mental yoke that binds you!

Reclaim the mind that is yours!

Establish your autonomy of thought!


Meaning only comes with knowledge.

Knowledge only comes to an open mind.

Stand ready as an open vessel.

For only then are you truly alive.


Stand alone.

Stand convicted.

Be separate.

Be fearless.


Your mind.

Your convictions.

Your meaning.

Only live.

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About John White

I've written off and on my entire life. It took years for me to finally take putting words together seriously. Now it's not, nor does it ever feel, like work. Writing daily has become habitual. No day is complete without words having appeared on the page.

Posted on September 11, 2014, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 17 Comments.

  1. I was touched by 2-3. Made me think. Thank you for writing this. 🙂

  2. Omg that had me crying, thank you

  3. Such a thoughtful post! I liked your thought provoking style of writing.

  4. Just what I needed to hear today. I feel everything happens for a reason. Thank you for this

  5. This was very much needed. I needed the reminder to be my own individual, and just live life. Thank you for writing this beautiful poem.

  6. I like the question format. It encourages thought. I like to use that too sometimes when I write poems, though I am usually only asking myself.

    • Thank you, Ann. I’m glad you liked it. I’ve toyed around with a few different styles or formats and on occasion like to be rhetorical in order to leave the meaning open-ended. Thanks again for the comment. It’s great to meet you!

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