Where I Come From

I come from a long line of dysfunction

I come from far too frequent tragedy

I come from a lack of affection

I come from a hard scrabble bunch

I come from places of anger

I come from familial subterfuge

I come from brazen theft

I come from ignorant hatred

I come from narcissism

I come from the better than thou

I come from a place of buried feelings

I come from a place I mostly hate

I come from a place to which

I choose not to return

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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 October 31, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 83 Comments.

  1. my life put in words no better than I could

  2. I see something fishy John! The theme is very dark like most of your recent poems!

    • Thank you, Hasmeet! 🙂 There have been some recent events to motivate a few of my posts while others were written a while back. I tend to write based on mood and use anything going on in my life or around me to come up with ideas. This one…well it’s dark thanks to one side of my family. Luckily, the other side of the family is pretty close and loving. Thank goodness! 😉

  3. Did you grow up in my house? That environment in spite of what it lacks sure spawns gifted writers.

    • Thank you, Karen! 🙂 I suppose it’s possible I grew up just down the street. 😉 We had a split really. One of my parents (not to mention which one) has a great family that’s very loving and the other has a family that snipes and argues with each other so much I would swear they hate each other.

  4. My current life! Double likes

  5. Are we siblings?

  6. Hope fully, we can all relate to this powerful piece…especially the final line.

  7. Clear-eyed poetic statement that honors past truths and chooses a new way. You are not alone. 🙂

  8. Relating…….beautifully written

  9. This is powerful and so true. It all comes down to which path we choose. I needed this reinforcement. Thank you

  10. What “you” come from might not necessarily be who “you” are… perhaps?

  11. I recognize these places.

  12. I’m with you on that one.
    I left home at 19 and haven’t returned since. Have no idea if I ever will, but the very thought conjures up so many bad memories and feelings I can’t fathom it. Perhaps one day but not now… Not yet!

  13. I just moved back into the family environment after a break up. Im trying to deal with a chronic illness and its hard, because my family are not particularly supportive. Its hard.

    • Thank you! 🙂 Those situations can be made even more difficult with family issues. I can certainly relate and sympathize with what you’re going through. Hope all is well. It’s great to meet you!

  14. we all have some past where we dread going back, never return, never relive… very simply you touched cords i think many would relate… great share… 🙂

  15. Just as long as you keep your self and your children in the right places it will not be like you said some people like the way they were raised and not try to do anything about it but I know that you can, we all have had some type of dysfunction in our lives and family its just that if you want to overcome it you have to do what you need to do for all of your children . Plus your life also. keep it going strong my girl.

    • Thank you, Cynthia! 🙂 I was raised a family that, on one side, was loving and caring while on the other side there were cold, affectionless family members. It was a strange combination. All of that made me who I am – a moody, happy, slightly ill-content. 😉 It’s great to meet you!

  16. Enjoyed this. A great reminder that even though we cannot change the past, we always have the choice to let go of it and create a better future.

  17. There is hope in all this darkness; you “mostly” hate where you’re from 🙂 So there is still a ray of light there.

    • Thank you! 🙂 There’s always hope as long as we keep fighting and trying. This piece is mostly about that one side of the family – though the other side had its share of dysfunction, they didn’t hold a candle to how badly screwed up the other side was/is. But…always a ray of light…somewhere. 🙂

  18. I really appreciate how vulnerable this piece is. I’d really like to see where you are going now that we know where you’ve come from.

  19. Love the last line!!! We all are broken in some ways or another but we can choose to work on our own broken! Great poem. 🙂

  20. i coome from the same place , beautiful poem, keep inspiring

  21. Indeed. Thank you for summing that up so succinctly!

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