What Is True?

what is true?

I ask myself that question

as if I could ever answer it

me –

just a man

a small man

limited mind

short memory

just me –

a man

that’s all


yet I ask again


I don’t know the


likely never will

there are half truths




but what is true

and what has ever been



oh, quote facts

that we can do

if we know them

but true

real true-ness

if there is such a thing


I’m not capable of that


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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 13, 2016, in Poetry and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 62 Comments.

  1. Truth is found in actions. If I want to know what’s true about me or others, I examine actions. That’s why I view Jesus as ultimate Truth. He lived what He believed.

  2. Hello fellow traveler, nice to meet you. FYI…I don’t know Jack either. 🙂

  3. Does anyone have the answer? 😉

  4. I agree with @joyindestructible. How you act on the outside most of the time matches your disposition inside. If you are not at peace outside you are most likely not at peace inside either. Jesus is Peace and Love itself, so what more can you ask for?

  5. Real true-ness is found in raw you-ness. 🙂

  6. You’re on a roll, John. The clarity and wisdom of time abridged.

  7. As my father says, truth is the best lie. No one believe it.

  8. By extension to all of us, truer words were never spoken.

  9. Youness I love that
    Words that aren’t spoken

  10. And the truth is, truth is different for everyone and we’re all wondering if we know it or ever will. The ones who are sure they’ve found it…I don’t trust that they have. But it doesn’t really matter; their truth is not mine.

  11. You might be fascinated by this very interesting conversation between Governor Pontius Pilate and Jesus. Pilate asked the very same question, probably tired of half truths, and cynical of ever knowing the truth. Enjoy: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+18:36-38&version=NIV

  12. You always make me think. Thank you for that. Truth is time-specific, so that what is true at one time may not be true at another. What I hate is people trying to change historical truth to fit today.

    • Thank you, Julie! 🙂 The truth does seen to be good at shape-shifting, no doubt. And I totally agree that history should be told bluntly and honestly rather than being edited to fit a narrative.

  13. Reblogged this on Myasthenia Gravis and commented:
    Check him out he’s been blowing my mind the last 2 days! Just great!

  14. Anything can be real if our minds say so

  15. Powerful and well penned… On a side note, Keats believed that Beauty was Truth …. It is just an aesthetic approach, though… Best wishes. Aquileana 😉

  16. So, whose truth is the true truth?

  17. Truth is a two-face creature; the side that faces you is the one you agree the most.

  18. Love this one too! I thought of the word love while reading it. So I guess that’s the one true thing…at least to me. 🙂

  19. I think. Therefore I am. :-b

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