don’t pass that mirror

stop and look

the vision you see

that is yours

it is all you have

it is all you were given

it is yours

do with it as you wish

but it is all you have

you will only have one

go to make use of it

and with it you can succeed


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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 May 11, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.


    Dear John,

    I have been thinking about your poetry for a while, and was wondering if you ever thought of distilling some of your poems into a hymnal form. I have a few favourites – Cecil Lewis Alexander ‘All things Bright and Beautiful’. This latest one made me think of ‘Be thou my Vision’

    I attach a link to a website from the anglican tradition.

    With kind regards,


    • Thank you, Howard. I’m not certain that I would be the right candidate for that and my writing may not fit that format. I would certainly consider any type of writing or at least toy around with it to determine if I was comfortable with it or if it fits me. I’ll take a look at the link. Thanks again! — John —

  2. These words, they have the effect of hitting deep. It had made me stop and think, which can be dangerous *lol* but, they are wise words, thank you.

  3. Lovely inspiring words !!!1

  4. Thank you for being my first follower. Sounds corny. But im grateful

  5. Enjoyed your poems, Ashby

  6. Oiy veh. I’m gutted.

  7. If “the vision I see is all [I] have” then…oiy veh. The poem? Of course it was good (I wouldn’t have stopped to comment otherwise! 🙂

    I was reading it very…personally… 🙂

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