If There Ever Should Come a Time

if there ever should come a time

(and there will)

when I am no longer there

speak honestly of me but do

so with a laugh and a joke


you know I always loved to laugh


if there ever should come a time

(and sooner still)

when I am no longer there

play these songs often and

as loudly as it will go


you know I always loved music


if there should come a time

(perhaps it comes quickly)

when I am no longer there

shore up your memories and

lock them safely away


you know I always loved you


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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 22, 2016, in Poetry, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 92 Comments.

  1. Heart-wrenching and beautiful!

  2. This is so simple and so beautiful!

  3. How sad you must have been feeling when you wrote this? I hope you are still around.

  4. Unless you are in a place where ageing is painless
    Unless you have a boundless energy
    Unless you are still loved for all you are
    There will come a time, some day
    Hopefully far away when being here
    Is not a choice and you will be remembered
    With laughter, music and memory.
    X 😇

  5. Says it very clear and loud
    I’ll be there to play the music

  6. Remember my poems, perhaps my memoirs, but most of all remember how I felt about you.

  7. It’s nice John. And I am so glad finally to see that I am not the only one who has to put a period between paragraphs on wordpress! I use the white font to cover the period in the post but it shows up on the reader hehe. Anyhow, thanks for making me feel I wasn’t alone in it.

  8. Delightful epitaph! 😉

  9. An epitaph of sweet memories!

  10. Damn! John, that is heart-wrenching.

  11. With apologies to Robert Goulet, I think your options are limited, John

    If ever you would leave us, it couldn’t be in summer
    Reading you in summer, we’d never let you go
    Your words streaked with sunlight, your thoughts red as flame
    Your poetry with a luster that puts gold to shame

    But if you ever leave us, it couldn’t be in autumn
    How you could leave in autumn, we never would know
    We’ve seen how you sparkle when fall nips the air
    We know you in autumn and you must be there

    And could you leave us
    Running merrily through the snow
    Or on a wintry evening
    When we catch the fire’s glow

    If ever you would leave us, it couldn’t it be in springtime
    Knowing how in spring, we’re bewitched by you so
    Oh, no, not in springtime, summer, winter, or fall
    No never, could you leave us at all.

  12. Hello John! Since I really love your poetry, I wanted to show my appreciation, so I nominated you for the “One Lovely Blog Award”. To read all about it, rules, nominations, etc, you can see it on my latest post, here:

    Take care! 🙂

  13. what a alluring piece of writeup

  14. Your presence will be your legacy, here. Amongst the wordsmiths, and cyber mind speakers.

  15. Very powerful. Loved it. One of my favourites, mate. 🙂

  16. You know we always loved you!

  17. This is just beautiful. Stunning 🙂

  18. Wow. I wish my poems were as heart wrenching as yours.

  19. This is quite beautiful, something I’d apply to myself. The “tombstone” version for me would be, “She sang. She laughed. She loved. All of them well.” Thank you for your poems.

  20. Beautiful…. My gratitude for the smile.

  21. I almost cried. It is so beautiful. Thanku John for writing such master pieces. 🙂

  22. Nice poems you have here, John, and thanks for following.

  23. meekhandbooknaomi

    oh my,its cute

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