Say When

sometimes you have

to stop trying to

put the square peg

into the round hole

to somehow turn

black into white

or to make a wrong

into a right


there are few things worse

than not knowing

when to say when


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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 June 3, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 40 Comments.

  1. I lived this my whole life
    Great post excellent work

  2. Maria Helena

    very nice! very simple yet powerful words, thats exactly what i like, cause it makes you think about it again and again after reading 😉

  3. There are also worse things than not knowing when to stop – happens me regularly.

  4. very true but sometimes even though your mind knows its time to stop, your heart won’t give in! thank you, nice writing! 🙂 Michelle

  5. Reblogged this on Karen Stephen aka Doc Flamingo and commented:
    A good thought for this week in my life.

  6. So dead on and applicable to so many personal instances these past few weeks. You talented writer, you! 😛

  7. why keep trying? If it must be that hole, make the hole round. Goal achieved.

  8. great thoughts and i appreciate the brevity of it 🙂

  9. Laughing Dragon

    I love that this is a very particular moment. Anyone reading this would have to be there to know what it feels like. I find that it’s hardest to anticipate what people will feel with every line. Sometimes I feel confident simply because of relevance and my target audience, but in this case it would be way too easy to find it too simple.

    thats the point though. I made a double take with this one with the comments. After seeing that there were so many likes and so many different comments I found there had to be something more to it. Very good when taken in the right context but perhaps too vague for those who are not interested in the style.


  10. Always enjoy your entries as I scroll through and drink my coffee. You inspire a lot of poetic writting in me, just haven’t posted much myself lately.

  11. “there are few things worse

    than not knowing

    when to say when”

    Yes. Very much so.

  12. Man some of the work you produce tells the story of my soul! I’m soo glad that I get to read such beautiful words.

  13. Very true. It’s also simply but elegantly stated 🙂

  14. Its very true. I can relate myself well with all your writings. You make me think who I really am.
    I like your style of writing – simple yet graceful in its own way.
    Happy writing!!

  15. I am always trying yo right things, make them male sense, put square in round. thanks for the reminder NOT to do that.

  16. Amazing piece. There’s a song called “say when- the fray” this piece reminded me of it. You should listen to it.
    Great work

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