Flowing down the spine,

Racing through organs,

To tertiary limbs.

It comes in waves.


Crashing tide rises,

Climbing ever higher,

Threatening to consume.

It comes in waves.


Stealing my spark,

My zest for life,

Eroding my will.

It comes in waves.


Wave after wave.

Wave after wave.

Wave after wave.




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 December 22, 2014, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 28 Comments.

  1. Indeed it does come in waves; another perfect expression.

  2. The “It?” I know we need not name it. It may be different for all of us. Thanks for the writing and the reflection.

  3. Thank you! i’m glad you enjoyed it.

  4. Wonderfully expressed. I have definitely felt those waves…

  5. It’s only when the waves stop that I’ll begin to worry.

  6. great piece!

  7. The ambiguity of this one is what makes it so perfect! You have such a way with words, and i love all your pieces, but this one has a quality to it that i can identify with very clearly!

  8. Love your work! This one really resonates. I flatter myself wondering if we’re related in any way?

    • Thank you, Quinn! I’m glad you enjoyed it. Who knows? There’s always a chance even though it’s a common last name but it’s possible. ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s nice to meet you!

      • I really did ๐Ÿ™‚ yes it’s quite unlikely but certainly possible. And you and I both have fairly common given names too (my birth name is David) so it’s hard to guess, but I do have a cousin with the same name as you! Lovely to meet you too ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. aditichandrasekar

    This is pure perfection. As an avid fan of poetry, I can easily say your poems are amazing. Keep up the good work! ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. I really enjoyed this piece. Great writing here. Thank you, also, for visiting my blog!

  11. Wow, this is a great poem although great is a bit of an understatement! I’m really liking what you did with the roman numerals and the repetition of “waves.” It really adds to the churning image of blue waves crashing.

    • Thank you, Duyen! The Roman numerals have become a necessary evil for me on WordPress after trying a number of fixes for paragraph breaks. I’ve adopted them full-time as semi-signature part of my writing. I’m glad you enjoyed the poem. It’s great to meet you and I look forward to more of your writing!

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