Divorcing Reality

if…

this is it and

this is what I

can expect

from reality

then let me leave

let me walk away

and never come

back to this place

to this offering

perhaps then I

can create my

own reality

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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 March 31, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 59 Comments.

  1. This is how I felt today leaving my son’s graveside… you captured my mood perfectly. I really appreciate your poetic musings, they’re very insightful.

  2. Reblogged this on Life Leveling and commented:
    I visited Gregory’s grave today for the first time in a while. I haven’t been able to bring myself to go there, it’s been too painful to even contemplate. I was on my way home from taking a job skills assessment test and was feeling particularly low – I did well on the assessment but I do not want to be looking for full time work just yet. This feels like walking the plank. I cannot believe this is my reality – finding a job that I don’t even want to work, going to a 9-5 when I should have been at home with our son. I’m having one of those “it’s so unfair” moments that I hear are common with grief. And then I got home to apply for a few more jobs and saw Double U’s blog – his poem captures my mood perfectly. If only…

  3. Wow! I can definitely relate to this. Sounds like me when I walked away several years ago.

  4. Living a reality that doesn’t result in happiness or a sound peace of mind is the most frustrating thing. I hope for better 🙂

  5. John this is great it was exactly how I was feeling before I started tonite to answer posts,I just wanted a quiet spot with nothing but me and this space I created,great piece,excellent post

  6. Well, I’m estranged from Reality–mostly living in the mental one I’ve decorated.

  7. Very nice, John!

    So what IS reality? What we perceive, what we make of it? Or something beyond immediate comprehension, which we are constantly seeking?

  8. Loved your thought… thanks for sharing. I think somewhere, we are all trying to do that, create our own reality. But the irony of life is that ‘reality’ is shaped by our thoughts… and thoughts follow you like a shadow wherever you go. It is a strange relationship between the two…

    • Thank you! I agree that the relationship between our minds and our reality can be an odd one at best. Maybe it is our perceptions that create our realities. It’s great to meet you!

      • Yes, I think they do, to a large extent. I sometimes feel that I’m living in parallel realities. The one in my head always more tangible than this ‘real’ one. So much like a Murakami novel 🙂 Great to meet you too!

  9. Great poem. Gets everyone involved considering this. I feel that we are always creating our reality, but we often do not like the results. To engage with the process of creating the reality we really want means we have to do it differently, and there’s the rub. It is the “differently” part that challenges us.

  10. we do seem to largely create our own(non)reality with our thoughts about our situations. Moving away from those situations is one way that can help… As can doing something about the situations or bringing in acceptence. Thanks

  11. your poem is so fine – at this point realities are like wounds to me!

  12. Making choices in life that mirror your natural inner potential, completely and truthfully, is like taking tentitative steps across a minefield! The consequences can be disastrous…but in observing and relearning, again and again treading on a mine, we create our own destiny. Acceptance and forgiveness have latterly been my companions. Inspirational words, thank you

  13. I really like the title. Thanks for the poetry. Keep writing !

  14. Coincidentally, I once wrote a poem called “Married to Reality”. It combines the theme of this poem with that of the poem you wrote of being happy for someone. Reality can be a harsh wake-up call.

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