The Page

the line became blurred

some time way back

between the page

and my life

I live the moments

I do

I finish

I accomplish

I do all life calls for

but it is on the page

and only on the page

where I am who I am

why do I hide

and is this me

if not, who am I to be?


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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 19, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 74 Comments.

  1. It’s easier for me to be who I am on a page then it is in the physical sense
    It’s easier for me to deal with the reaction
    Then face to face
    Great piece John
    As always Sheldon

    • Thank you, Sheldon! πŸ™‚ I think of writing like I think of choosing to tell a problem to a stranger rather than to someone I know. It’s just easier somehow. Being yourself by writing is so much easier than letting the real you out there or at least it is for some of us. πŸ™‚

  2. Great way to blur the lines on the page and off! I think I feel a metaphor coming on. Hopefully it won’t be as stinky as my last. Loved this!

  3. Some days I am most true on the page as well. Lovely.

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ Letting it all out there can be hard on or off the page but since poetry let’s us scream (according to a great quote from Bukowski) then we can use it to scream and let it out and release it before the pressure gets to be too much.

  4. I know exactly who you are. You are the one whose posts I look for when I start struggling with my own writings. We are from the same world except for the time gap. Jerry

    • Thank you, Jerry! πŸ™‚ Oh don’t let the time gap fool you. We likely are from the same world and who knows maybe the same place? At the very least it seems to me that we are capable of seeing some of the same shades of gray. πŸ™‚

      • Would those shades of gray be a not so subtle reference to my very gray hair? lol

        • LOL No but I’ve always thought gray was a distinguishing characteristic and it sure beats losing it all. πŸ˜‰

          • In my case ‘losing it all’ has nothing to do with the hair! By the way, my last post was one of my older works (1976 or 78) soon as I can learn how to separate the old stuff from the not so old I have 30-40 I’ll be sending out for perusal.

            • Losing it all can have so many meanings. If it’s hair it’s not a major loss to me. πŸ™‚ Are you sending them out to magazines and journals?

              • not yet. I’ll blog them for a while. My daughter and I are planning to join forces and put a book together by the first of the year. We have access to publishing but we are in no hurry. I’m more interested in becoming comfortable sharing my efforts after so long away from the public eye, so to speak.

                • Blogging can be a great way to get your work out there. I’ve always had to set aside writing for both the blog and for any potential submissions I may send out. Since you’re wading back out there the blog gives you a chance to get wet without going through a lot of hassles but it also gets the ball rolling again toward an ultimate goal. All the best to you!

  5. I’m more “me”, more open, and less private on the page than elsewhere even though I have a larger audience. Perhaps because they are appreciative and less critical.

  6. Really lovely poem John…simple yet quite deep….thank you πŸ™‚
    Many times we can lose ourselves in the pages and forget what the reality is. However sometimes the pages help us find our way back to our inner selves which is indeed our true identity. It may even embolden us to reveal the depth of our being that we didn’t dare bring to light before. It is no surprise why journal writing is so therapeutic and beneficial in many ways to our mind, body and soul. This is one of the reasons I also write, it provides many forms of life therapy and revelation to me, while I strive to help others in the process. Keep them coming. πŸ™‚

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ It can be easy to get lost in reality and then be sent on a search for who we are. With writing we can learn things about ourselves if we are honest in the words we choose. It’s great to meet you!

  7. The page isn’t so judgemental, it may even sympathise. The silent majority or opposition will remain silent generally.
    I think we all love our page, it listens to us. Lovely piece πŸ™‚

  8. I enjoy reading pages and having mine read. Very nice piece about our pages.

  9. I love this. As a person who sounds like a bumbling idiot in reality and can seem to express herself better on pen and paper (and keyboard) this piece really spoke to me.

    • Thank you, Kerri! πŸ™‚ Writing can be easier in some ways since we get the time to think about it before we say it whereas speaking means we are on the spot and have to come up with something to say right there. I know that feeling too well. πŸ™‚ It’s great to meet you!

  10. For all of us….a ‘search for life’…..’Who am I?’….except for those who suffer chronic ‘self-delusion’….they are likely to say…’I know who I am’….;)

  11. In real life often no matter how we are feeling, if asked we will say we are ‘fine’. On the page it is much easier to empty ourselves of the torrent of emotions that overwhelm us. Surprising how many people often can relate to what we produce from this.

  12. Writing is life and life is writing. Just moments of breath between words.
    Well said…do any of us really know who we are?

    • Thank you, Nycke! πŸ™‚ Well said! I’m not sure if we can really know for sure. I consider myself to be who I am now and a work in progress which means I might be someone else the next time you see me if it’s been a while. πŸ™‚

  13. i honestly think we all struggle with self identity and truly being comfortable in our own skin… and although we all subconsciously know that we are not alone in this struggle, it is still reassuring to see a fellow confused soul… πŸ™‚

  14. This poem is exactly what I needed right now! Thank you for sharing such a beautiful and honest piece of writing!

  15. At least ten days in a month I feel so. Totally lost and yet yearning to reach somewhere. How do you manage to write exactly what the human soul feels? Remarkable πŸ‘

    • Thank you so much, Hasmeet! πŸ™‚ After reading the comments here it seems to be something that many of us struggle with. I think I must have simply written something personal that others identified with. In some ways it’s a coincidence and in others people are different but so many of us share common issues.

  16. septembersrose

    First off, thanks for following my blog πŸ™‚

    Second, I’m in love with your writing.

    Third, keep them coming. I’ll be looking for them.

  17. You have said so eloquently what so many of us feel about writing.
    Thank you.

  18. John, you do come up with some very important questions.

  19. Great expressions confined in simplest words. And the use of metaphor is amazing. Its always a delight to read your poems John!

  20. mzpoeticsoul45


  21. This is wonderful! I somehow can relate with this. I dont think I tend to keep my identity distanced because I am insecure as many people believe, but because somehow, I feel no matter how small you give out. Your identity would influence your reader’s interpretation of what you write. Even as minor a fact as just your name could have an affect. And it is that which I dont want. I would rather like readers to read the work for itself, not for who wrote it.
    Anyways.. thanks for the follow and for visiting my blog earlier. πŸ™‚
    Uhm.. pardon me for ranting here..

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ I agree that those reading should simply like what they’re reading rather than the writer’s name. I totally agree. It’s great to meet you!

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