The Exit

getting close to 10pm

all these people, having

seen the same concert,

hoarding toward the same

door like packs of animals

three hours ago they were

a rude, cumbersome bunch

pushing and shoving to

get inside that same entrance

now, I suppose past their

bedtimes, they can’t wait

to get back out there

onto the sidewalks, into

the city and the night

do they have some place

to go or did someone

tell them to be home

no later than 11pm

either way, I’m pushing

right along with them

to get out there onto

the same sidewalk and

into the same night


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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 August 1, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 47 Comments.

  1. I like your poems, they paint a world well.
    You have the same name as my Father. šŸ™‚ xo
    Debs White

  2. Always in a hurry to get to the next activity. Perhaps we turn into pumpkins at 11 not 12-12:30.

  3. Reblogged this on ScienceGoesOnAbLindDateWithGod and commented:
    Wanted to share a writer who learned to make daily writing a not work, but a joy.

  4. Rushing to go nowhere
    Great piece John

  5. I really like this a lot, John. Very evocative of the O2 gig I went to in London last year šŸ™‚

  6. Nicely put – a common scene in theatres these days!

  7. The more the better. More for humanity is coming soon. Humane rescuing.

  8. funny i should read this today… I went to a concert, a small local one, the other night and was noticing how everyone pushes in and then, pushes out… interesting

  9. Maybe they have nowhere to go but to the concert?

  10. Such a common experience, I love how you captured it so well!

  11. Sorry John, the worst loneliness is in a crowd. Not to say you’re lonely but an inconsiderate crowd always makes me feel lonely. Jesus did refer to people as sheep. Hope you feel better.

  12. Haha I love how you always manage to give us your take on things, sort of a social commentary at times. This latest one is as usual, so very true šŸ™‚

  13. The rush to achieve some thing or some place defuses as soon as it is achieved. Human nature. Well painted šŸ™‚

  14. You spell out very simply and very succinctly a phenomenon we all know (and we all have been part of too!) Maybe you’ll write a poem about people rushing jam-packed on the highway to work in the morning trying to get to jobs they don’t even like!

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