allow me the time to

ruminate for a moment

to dwell here on a clichΓ©

I’ll attempt to avoid the

general boredom and

malaise that can come from

such wasted language

rather, it is my aim to

twist, turn, tangle, toss about

the mundane, the oft-repeated

lend me your ear and I’ll

create anew that which

has been heard to death

or, perhaps, I’ll fail and

instead burden others with

yet another burned-out phrase

you, my friend, are the judge

try to be kind but fair to

this well-intentioned undertaking


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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 July 9, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. Why not John be like everyone else say what’s on your mind and forget about the sorrows

  2. I just read this in my voice – it was so natural on first reading – charming rhetoric in fact – well done – this one deserves to be highlighted in a printed collection, regards Howard

  3. I like your style, John, playful and unforced. Words flow together naturally, with nothing clanking across the page to spoil the view.

  4. Loved this – such beautiful words for such a common term – cliche!

  5. Love this piece, yet another good one.

  6. Enjoyed this very much. Read it out loud and it flows so very well. Thank you.

  7. Thanks for the follow. I will check out your blog!

  8. This felt so natural. Loved it John.

  9. I had a high School English teacher who hated cliches and I too picked up this opinion but I really like how this poem forces the reader to first here the argument for and against and asks the reader, while deciding for themselves if it was correctly used, be understanding towards the author. It gave me a new perspective on cliches and the choice of using them.

    • Thank you! Reading any piece filled with cliches can be painful but used in the right way, used sparingly and used when rephrased, they can be effective. It’s great to meet you!

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