The Distance

the distance between us

is not measured in feet

no miles, no inches

can measure it

it’s not a matter of stripes

whether political

racial, religious or social

there is a gulf

either great or small

and it is created

neither by you nor I

by a land mass

oceans or the impassable

we are kept separate, brother

by an influence

we are kept separate, sister

by a confluence

their message

broadcast day and night

by every means possible

reminds all of us

of a manufactured

contrived difference

between us all

the distance between us

is small

the distance between us

is imaginary


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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 10, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 102 Comments.

  1. hooklineandinkwell

    so very true…we are ‘taught’ about what divides us, every day…well-said

  2. Love this

  3. It’s part of what I call “manufactured misery”.

  4. Beautiful truth.

  5. this is beautiful poetry thank you

  6. My sentiments exactly. Nicely done

  7. John,Skating away …on the thin ice of a new day, (Jethro Tull) your writing brought this to mind… I dig your writing man! 🙂

    Peace to you,

  8. I have nominated you for the Blogger Recognition Award. Please see specifics at my post:

  9. Such depth! Kudos!
    The wall between you and I
    Is but a wall that they built
    I raised a hue and cry and so did you
    But the wall didnt come down, neither did their guilt

  10. Superbly written….Keep me in suspense to the very last two lines. Great!

  11. Love!!!

  12. Yet again you nail it with such ease!!

  13. Nicely said. ‘Divide and rule’: using propaganda to create tensions between people. “In the game of divide and conquer… we are merely pawns, they keep us busy fighting each other, instead of fighting them”.

    • Thank you! 🙂 Exactly and so well said!! We’re all the same species and all seeking some level of happiness however we define it but the manufactured divisions can prevent us from truly understanding this.

  14. Priceless reminder in the world defined by boundaries and borders!!

  15. An important reminder for this day and age.

  16. I think our friend Mark Twain said something on this line when he coined the following phrase. “Whenever you find that you are on the side of the majority, it is time
    to reform.”
    — Mark Twain

  17. So true, especially during these times of political campaigning, which creates such a polarizing climate.

    • Thank you, Gail! 🙂 You’re so right. Either it’s the candidates saying something that upsets others or the rest of us are debating who the best candidates are. The results are a pretty toxic environment.

  18. I love this. If only we heard it everyday instead of the voices of fear and division.

  19. Reblogged this on wwwpalfitness.

  20. So beautifully written. Your words ring very true.

  21. This gave me beautiful chills! Thank you!

  22. Inspiring! This is the first poem I’ve read on your blog and has been worth every second spent.. Eager to read more! Keep writing.. 🙂

  23. Nice one, John. Thank you

  24. I made a full poem out of the extempore verse i commented here earlier . Thank you for this stroke of inspiration .

  25. How very relevant for the times we live in. Great piece!

  26. you have made my morning mystical

  27. The distance between us is measured in words which can be written and heard but never fully understood. Perception rules reality.

  28. The distance between us fluctuates
    Sometimes I know exactly what you are thinking
    Other times, even your words do not enlighten me.
    I misinterpret –
    I cause anger, pain, distress.
    I want to be at one with you
    But it will never happen.

  29. Once again you are spot on! I’ve shared with my Twitter and Facebook friends. Blessings to you for the work you do. Keep it up! Shokai (Kathy)

  30. This is poem is so beautiful. ♥

  31. Beautiful poem! Someday, hopefully, we won’t have these forces that separate us.

  32. Likewise John :)… I think those times are near. A lot of people are talking about the shift in consciousness, and beginning to feel and see things differently. Not many people believe in this stuff, but it’s great news if it’s happening. Cheers!

  33. This is a wonderful message!

  34. Thanks for following my blog. I loved your poem – the rejection response – good luck with your writing in 2016.

  35. Made me think about a song lyric by Bette Midler, ‘From a distance’. Definitely a poem to set the mind an enquiry John.

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