The Affair

afterglow or the promise

that there would be another

rendezvous, another consummation

had all clouded my mind

and reduced my judgment

to an infinitesimal proportion

of where it once was

I was trapped by her

wiles and my own stupidity

it was not the affair that

I managed to escape

it was me


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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 13, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 53 Comments.

  1. Well said πŸ™‚

  2. Yes John well said
    I get in my way all the time

  3. So true, John, the best of men succumb.

    If I may, I’d like to invite you this – mine – of a similar nature. {Not written from personal experience!!! :)}

  4. You put it down real well John.

    Currently dealing with a similar issue.

  5. Dear John…oops…Hi, John. You are definitely the male clone of me, the queen of unrequited love.

  6. I don’t know why but all of your writings touch me!

  7. I think where you break your lines is very effective. Esp., “I was trapped by her/ wiles…”

    • Thank you! I’ve been reading a LOT of Bukowski lately and he has a tendency to do that. He’ll partly leave you hanging wondering, “Whoa! What?” And partly, “Oh, I see what he means…oh, wait, no I don’t.” That’s one of the things I love about his writing and who better to steal ideas from or to emulate than one of the greats? πŸ™‚

      • Hahaha, right. I’ve read a bit of Buk myself, and know so many good writers who name him as an influence that I’m quite sure I should read more of him. Cheers, John.

        • His writing gives a new blueprint for poetry – raw, direct, unapologetic. Someone like E.E. Cummings wrote some great stuff but Bukowski could cut through the clutter and just bluntly say it without regret. He taught us a lesson in his style of writing.

      • writingluckmore

        That man (Buwoski) was a Kraken unleashed to this world, his work (e.g love is a dog from hell) is a mind-blast. Good read John. Hats Off

        • He was so against-the-grain blunt and honest in his poetry. To see that in a novel isn’t too far fetched but he showed me there’s more to poetry than keeping it pretty and tidy. Those are noble things and necessary in poetry but I think he showed us that being raw and totally unfiltered can also be one helluva read.

  8. Beautiful – “it was not the affair i managed to escape it was me” – loved this part!

  9. Very nice

  10. Another universal subject. Unrequited love is a strong platform for creativity. Escaping yourself is an excellent ending. The trappings of self, a perfect ending John.

  11. Do I even need to type it out?

    Well done, John.

  12. Reblogged this on Krickets Ramblings and commented:

  13. A Wiki article suggested this. I hope it works. 😳 If it doesn’t I’ll head back to the drawing board. lol

  14. Perceptions, so true…Loved this one!

  15. This brought out some buried thoughts. Well done.

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