Dust Me Off

when I’m found

lying under a dresser

or under the old side table

that resides next to

the ripped recliner

be sure to dust me off

I was only discarded

I may still serve a purpose


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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 December 2, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 58 Comments.

  1. Reminds me of a post I put up a while back. We all need a little dusting from time to time so we’ll still feel useful as we get older. All too often we get pushed aside as we advance in years with the occasional, but not always welcome, visit from guilt-laden family and friends.

    • Thank you! 🙂 Oh, amen to that! Getting older seems to equal “not as much fun anymore” to the younger set. They’re missing out on the wisdom that they can gain from their elders, though.

      • I dislike the term “elders” – it always reminds me of someone aloof, stuck in their ways and removed from the realities of others. The Eldar Elves in their dark caves, unknown ways and archaic tongue.
        Age isn’t wisdom by default and we’re all just trying to make the best of the journey, while we can.

        • You’re right. Age doesn’t equal wisdom. Experience does. But it’s nice when someone younger is willing to listen to learn what they can from those who have been there and done that.

  2. Always useful…… 🙂

  3. As happens to poets. Don’t dust me off, though. I’d be worth less to a medical school or research facility.

  4. Sweet! A lot said in economic and sentimental way.

  5. I want to paint this image

  6. Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and start all over again.

  7. i read this from the remote’s pov 😀

  8. Useful is as useful does. ;>)

  9. Melancholic but beautiful 🙂

  10. Beautiful! I can relate to this in many ways 🙂

  11. dinnerpotsandlemondrops

    Can’t stop re reading this! Simple but effective. Thought provoking. I love it. Bravo. (Wish id wrote it)! 😉

  12. Simple yet profound! loved it…Best wishes and thanks a lot for following House Sparrow.

  13. Hmm, i feel this is meant for me John. I mean I’m young but pretty much a dust n starting to pick myself up knowing harmattan com nd go
    Diana Nyad says “find a way” she had swam coast to coast with her age n discourages behind. Ain’t no passing craze, I’ll find a way.

  14. Sometimes I can’t just hit the like button because love is the better word for my response.

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