Fill the Space

there is a space that exists

it stands hollow and empty

it is somewhere in your room

in a conversation

a lacking in your life


you rush to fill it

but not all spaces

must be occupied


allow for an emptiness

accept on occasion

a matter of nothingness

use the space as a respite

sometimes where there is nothing

there is the freedom

to catch your breath

to take a break

to bide your time

to contemplate

gather yourself

gain strength

place nothing where there is nothing

some spaces are meant to stand empty


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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 21, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 92 Comments.

  1. Superb!

  2. Reblogged this on unlockthedoortolearning and commented:
    This is a fantastic poem on “emptiness” by John White I think you’ll love it! Shokai

  3. John, fantastic, I’ve re-blogged it on my website and Tweeted it, and put it on my Facebook page as well. You are simply divine…Kathy (Shokai)

  4. Great piece John
    Very thought-provoking
    There is a lot here I can identify with
    As always Sheldon

  5. Brilliant, as always, John! And bang on in your observation that not every empty space is a void. You have a good weekend!

  6. Beautiful.

  7. nice! and so true. one feels so guilty with empty spaces in life but they are what nourish you the most… thanks.

  8. Nice. In this hectic rat race of a world it is good to take time to breathe.

  9. Beautiful poem, excellent advice…

  10. Glad to see that someone else realizes that everyone needs an empty space; some more than others. I don’t believe that one can be productive in life without the solitude that an empty space offers. Take the time, enjoy and live.

    • Thank you! πŸ™‚ I totally agree. If we fill every space then our lives will become a clutter of things, sounds, emotions…then we’re left wondering “where did all this crap come from?” πŸ™‚

  11. Great piece; when we grow to understand that silence and stillness is not empty at all and that this is where the constant can be found, we can begin to understand how so much of the busy-ness and noise is just avoidance and distraction from what we haven’t yet appreciated….
    Very kind words you have written…

  12. Reblogged this on Karen Stephen aka Doc Flamingo and commented:
    And if we look carefully we will discover that this empty space is a perfect God-shaped space waiting to be filled by our Higher Power with things far beyond our meager imaginations.

  13. Great work John πŸ™‚

  14. A @ moylomenterprises

    I agree. Well said!

    I learned in a Graphic Design class that there is great significance to not filling every bit of a design with art or color etc. Negative space is important to give the eyes someplace to go — to rest and reset — to better appreciate the message the artwork/design it meant to convey. Your post just reminded me of that.

    Rest well my good sir, the mind and soul will appreciate it!

  15. I have great faith in a ‘pregnant pause’….. πŸ˜‰

  16. This is what I’m going through right now. Totally alone but enjoying every bit of it. It is an experience in itself. And it’s very liberating. 😊

  17. I recently read a great quote by an artist (T. Allen Lawson): “Art is the space between the viewer and the rectangle that hangs on the wall.”

  18. Very true, sometimes we need to embrace the quiet empty moments!

  19. so very true, as the Taoists say, it is the space withing that makes a cup useful… I think it is the same for us as well. nice job, Michelle

  20. A pause ..A stop..a waiting make sense ..give a space

  21. This is great! And thanks for the follow.

  22. Thanks for dropping by – it gives me an opportunity to see what you are up to.
    Like this poem.

  23. Thanks for joining my blog (, John. That brought me to your wonderful blog. Great prose, I wish I had that gift πŸ™‚

  24. πŸ™‚ super!
    Thanks for visiting my blog I am big fan of your writing. Thanks again.

  25. Reblogged this on Anutoolika and commented:
    Allow nothingness….. simply superb !

  26. Simply suberb. Reblogged it anutoolika!

  27. Love this piece! In art we call it negative space- used correctly in a work, it creates much drama and gives the hero in the image or art a spot-light so to speak. Thanks for sharing!

  28. place nothing where there is nothing

    some spaces are meant to stand empty..

    True. Beautifully written!

  29. This is a very nice work of art. Great philosophically too. Beauty and Reason…glorious. If I can figure out how to reblog it I will.

  30. This has a very powerful message. I have definitely been exploring some similar themes in my own writing, so reading this was helpful! Thanks for sharing your piece, and thank you for the follow!

  31. mzpoeticsoul45

    Yes, I can really relate!

  32. Reblogged this on Author's Workshop and commented:
    I really liked this piece by John White.

  33. *Place nothing where there is nothing*…loved it so much! πŸ™‚

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