Something and Nothing

and the day spent asking what

will we have for dinner

or that moment when you realize

you haven’t checked the mail

or when the time comes that I’d

better go check to make sure we’re locked up

or the surprise the phone call brings

that today you’ll have special company

or the rare opportunity to really

talk, to share, the one-on-one

or the pain that arrests you dead

in your tracks sucking out all desire, joy


it is all something

it is all nothing


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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 23, 2015, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 42 Comments.

  1. Love it. That’s LIFE to a “T”

  2. Sorry the snow man was meant for somebody else.

  3. Yes. I think you just described my life…

  4. Sounds peaceful.
    Happy Holidays John White. Have enjoyed immensely your poetry this past year. Thank you. Looking forward to what you write of next.

  5. wrote something similar to this today. very interesting. it’s the struggle between breaking from the monotone or allowing it to overwhelm you. it is all nothing. righteous words.

  6. That’s life – Sometimes you’re up in April and shot down in June.”

  7. Reblogged this on Lugar Lugar.

  8. Just a quick note to wish you a Merry Christmas full of joy and many blessings!

  9. Love this! Great reminder on the beauty and mystery of life. Happy Holidays!

  10. Reblogged this on Karen Stephen aka Doc Flamingo and commented:
    Love this poignant poem by John White.

  11. Ahhh… Such is life. Life just is, then it isn’t, then it is again. We live in and love within the circle. I love this. Thank you for sharing. 🌟 😊

  12. Indeed, it is all something or nothing. Thank you for the follow John, it is something.

  13. Beautiful! 🙂 Thank you for liking and following! 🙂

  14. And sometimes the things we thought were nothings turn out to have been important somethings…

  15. It is what it is, always, while being nothing really at all… Profound, significant, meaning-less and -ful – love this!!

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