But What Does It Mean

face it

you’re reading with difficulty

attempting, line by line,

to interpret

read between the lines

get a grip on some

hidden meaning

constantly asking yourself

but what does it mean?”

and what if I answered you with



it came from a dark time

a dingy corner of my mind

the darkest recesses of me

I was allowing a

temporary possession

for which no priest is the cure

I morphed into someone

something in no way

resembling me

and that’s when I wrote

meaning isn’t always necessary

might I hide something here

left out in plain sight

surely, I would

but you must believe me

meanings are not often hidden

by this struggling writer

I write

you read


The End


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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 25, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 50 Comments.

  1. Whoa!!! Loved it!!! I read it as fast as I could 😂 It was Fun!!!

  2. Sometimes we writers just need to get the words out. It’s all good

  3. Everything has meaning. Forget thought. Breathe and you get it.

  4. Love it. If you have to struggle so hard to find the meaning of a piece, what’s the point? It’s about communicating our feelings and experiences, not trying to hide the elephant in the room. 🙂

    • Thank you! 🙂 Well said! If there’s an elephant in the room it would be better to just point it out, discuss it and move on rather than talking around it. Say what you mean and move on. 🙂 It’s great to meet you!

  5. Once again another mind blowing poem, I’ve tweeted it out my little group of friends as well I think they will like it as much as I do… 🙂

  6. Poets often love to keep readers guessing about their poems. You may call it the beauty of poem that every reader who reads it, interprets it in his/ her own way. I can totally understand those emotions, being a poet myself!!
    Very well written!

  7. Great fun…yes! ‘Meaning’ can often be most elusive….sometimes not apparent…BUT….always there….or thereabouts. 😉

  8. I love, “a dingy corner of my mind”… Writers aren’t afraid to go there.

  9. Rather than asking what a poem means, ask what is the poet expressing.

    • Thank you! 🙂 Well said. There can be a tap dance around what the writer means and the meaning may never truly be known but I do like to just bluntly state what I mean sometimes and leave no room for interpretation. 🙂

  10. Well said. Perfectly inked

  11. Lol!!! I love it! I was just listening to an album review yesterday and everyone was stumped about the meaning behind the lyrics of one of the songs and then someone said maybe it doesn’t mean anything. So, I guess it’s definitely possible. 😊

  12. nice poem!!!!
    sometimes words without meaning says a lot!!!:)
    enjoyed reading it:D

  13. This is adorable!! I find myself with the urge to write, holding a pen, words swimming and nothing to hold them together at times… No meaning !!
    Love that you could write about that !!!

    • Thank you! 🙂 Sometimes it’s great to just write whatever comes to mind – no meaning, nothing cohesive about it – just write something, anything. You can get some great ideas that way.

  14. This is so good. Actually it is much better than good. Thank you. I am going back to read it through again!

  15. I like the ending!

    You, clever you! What do you mean by meaning “nothing”??? I bet there is a meaning!

    In all seriousness it is funny that you write this because although we always try to be clever our readers always take the license to not only explore our writing but to also insert their own meaning to the things we write. I was talking about this with my mom the other night when we were playing “bohemians”. I told her that one of the reason I love her poetry so much is that she does not always fill in the details…she give her audience plenty of space to fill in the story. I think that a key in writing compelling stories either as short stories, poems or free verses is given enough space for your audience to join in the great adventure of creating as they read along…



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