Moment of Truth

I’ve watched you watch

yourself for hours now

moment of truth:

that reflection isn’t

going to change

unless you do

I’ve watched you tear

down all that you are

moment of truth:

if your mind has

become a wasteland

it’s up to you to change it

I’ve watched you squeeze

into the victim’s clothing

moment of truth:

you are not oppressed

and are only a victim

of your own mind


come to terms with

some simple truths:

you are not perfect

life is not perfect

they’re not out to get you

and life is not pointing

both barrels at you


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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 13, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 57 Comments.

  1. We all know someone who needs to read this, even if it is ourself from time to time. Love: watched you squeeze into victim’s clothing.

  2. Wrote these lines on waking to a friend… Come back to mind as I read your post ..

    What is rare is strived for
    What is abundant is overlooked
    We found the abundant
    It’s LOVE
    And realize how to reel in it
    Just FOCUS….

  3. the moment of truth is I’m just describing what anger is like its destructive after the anger abates we feel remorse why? because of anger we can do things that we will regret after. We are human we are capable of feeling all kinds of emotions even God can be angry Jesus Christ feel angry too God punishes because he is angry . Its still God’s likeness that we inhirited . I’ve read Ritu’s post about before taking action think of the reaction. she’s talking about her life’s lesson and about her beloved son. I was at home and got angry with my son . I regret what I’ve done I seldom got very very angry but my anger makes him change his attitude. Somehow, I realize we need to express ourselves in order to be heard and understood you know teenagers nowadays.

    • Anger can be a destructive force if we let it rule us in the moment especially. Counting to 10 or 100 may not help but walking away for a while can. I’ve found myself acting in anger in the moment when I should have taken the time to gain some perspective about what I might do and what impact it might have. You’re right. We need to think before acting. If we act hastily then we can become of victim of our own anger and what’s worse is that anyone we impact becomes a victim of our anger too.

  4. I was blogging about with my unhappy marriage because I want my relationship to be saved my hubby reads my blogs and he come to know what’s inside a woman’s mind . I want to be honest with him and I come to see whats inside my head through my writing. I suggest blogging what we feel everyday what we want is better than getting a psychologist to mend marriages .

    • Absolutely! Writing in general is great therapy and blogging can help us to communicate even if it is with strangers. It opens us up emotionally and there are many who can use that therapy. You’re right!

  5. Great piece John
    Good strong medicine

  6. That really hits home. You are right, it is so easy to get caught in that trap. our own incredible, super-computer, minds can so easily become our prison warden, our own worst enemy.

    Thanks for expressing yourself so eloquently and elegantly!

  7. Dang! This was powerful. I need to share this to my FB page.

  8. Only a victim of your own mind. Very nice. How often this mind of mine keeps on poking. (Get back you angry little beast!) sorry, where was I?

  9. Mind blowing, John. “you are not oppressed and are only a victim of your own mind” Such wisdom. Thanks πŸ™‚

  10. True feelings of every human. Life ain’t perfect. We cannot achieve everything. Life is meant to be lived, not achieved 😊

  11. I just found your blog. Wow, I really loved this poem. I felt it ring so true, every word was perfectly placed. We’ve all at one point played the victim. It’s a good reminder to change and that change indeed comes from within.

    I especially love “If your mind has become a wasteland, it’s up to you to change it.” Beautiful.

  12. Great poem and wisdom in the text. But I have to turn it around, and say if we are not perfect, then maybe that’s why we can’t come to terms with the truth.

  13. Conversations we have in our mind…LOL. At times it does seem like the barrels are loaded and ready to shoot though.

  14. I am happy with the ending. I was reading and thinking: uh oh.. I hope John says something instead of just watching πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ Hopefully the listener took it the right way! Sometimes, people get too attached to their cloak of misery.

  15. An interesting piece. It caught me at the beginning, and kept me interested right through to the end. Kudos.

  16. Favorite line: “That reflection isn’t going to change unless you do.” Amen!

    • Thank you, Mitch! πŸ™‚ I gotta admit I’ve had times I didn’t like my reflection but then I realized the only way the guy in the mirror was going to suddenly become good looking was if I got out of the way and let a good looking man stand in front of that mirror. lol

  17. Powerful! I really like this!

  18. And if they are, and if life shoots away, who cares tomorrow is another day….
    moment of truth is we’re all human,
    and we’re nuts…
    preferably pistachio ; -)
    everyone has demons to be dealt with at different times… nicely written once again.

  19. Love this! Our greatest enemy… “MINDSET”

  20. I think this is definitely my favourite so far

  21. Loved it

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