Jagged Days

they pierce our lives

uninvited, suddenly

everything uneven





the kilter is off

no balance

beginnings all wrong

middles confusing

endings to forget

the jagged days come

their edges are not

to be smoothed

they are not to be

wished away

they are to be survived


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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 September 23, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 33 Comments.

  1. Fantastic once again, I am forwarding to a friend who just had an emotional AhHa about his wife’s death in a car accident in which he fell asleep at the wheel and he lived and she died. I think he will appreciate this.

  2. How do you always have the exact words to say?
    Just brilliant!

  3. Wow. So very true.

  4. OLED PHAT nu glee

    They are to be experienced, challenged, embraced and molded into useful tools.

  5. Your words portray the experiences of all. Relatable to those in poverty and wealth. Thank you for making me value my today and be readied for the possibilities of tomorrow.

  6. Hey there, thanks for this. I had this day yesterday, but out of it came a poem. That for me is turning the dross in to gold. On Monday night I wrote a poem called Fickle Finger for a friend, about fate and how it is a mate to be friended. Five minutes later my computer crashed and the whole of Tuesday was spent travelling round Wiltshire on buses trying to get it sorted. These days are to be laughed at through gritted teeth. All the best.

    • Thank you, Gail! πŸ™‚ I know that feeling and those days can be frustrating. But it’s very possible to make something of it even if it just inspires some writing. πŸ˜€

  7. This may be purely subjective since I’m having a jagged day, but I read this as the answer to What does being a full-time writer feel like?

  8. Survived? Relished! πŸ™‚ Awesome as always.

  9. It’s beautiful, in a rugged, truthful way.

  10. Yes, the bad days. Going through this phase now. Not bad days exactly, but boredom with nobody around me.

  11. Perfect description of a topsy-turvy day! Identified with it completely.

  12. Seems like this was written for me. I really really love this. It’s awesome.

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