An Effect

eternity and


will shudder

beginning with

a ripple of wind

growing ever larger

time and


will rattle

lay your words

on the wings

of the butterfly

to take effect

on a vast future

place a claim

on a piece

of all dimensions

today’s utterance

can silence

even the gods

place your voice

against the air

to shake the heavens

to fall among the stars

to travel the galaxies

choose to make your voice

timeless, eternal


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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 January 11, 2016, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 53 Comments.

  1. Wow!! This I absolutely love! Brilliant, John!

  2. Nicely done. It speaks on different levels. be well.

  3. VictoryInTrouble


  4. Wow. Somebody set us on the same plane, today. What a take off!

  5. Love this one John. Love it

  6. Beautiful, John. I love this.

  7. Oh man! Wonderful write! 👍

  8. Beautiful read! I enjoy the effective way you economically use your words.

  9. Amazingly written! Love it!

  10. An excellent answer to the question, “What is it like to write poetry, be a poet?”

  11. Placing hopes where there may be no hope found…I like how you compared the fragility of a butterfly with the little things that hold us from being who we are and let our voices be heard.

  12. Simply enjoyed it! Strong poetry.

  13. Profound and powerful!

  14. I love this. I read it forwards and backwards as I sometimes do with poetry, it’s a weird habit of mine. I loved it both ways. Spellbinding and captivating!

  15. I’m in love with this 🙂 Beautiful!

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