Online Open Mic -2021
Lynn White is a shining poetry with the blend of self reflection and reflection of the world into the bite size pieces we need. Come read her wonderful work to start your week off well!
My Favorite Line: “Would I want to face the person hindsight made me.”
Who Am I
When did I last know who I am?
I wonder if it when I was a child,
when I made up stories
from my imagination.
Was I separate then
from the imaginary children
with imaginary parents
and imaginary friends.
where my story began
and where I ended.
I don’t remember.
Perhaps the story ended before I began.
Perhaps the two began together.
Perhaps they may end together,
I cannot say.
I never could.
Did I ever know who I am?
First published in Literary Yard, October 2016
I Am A Child
I am a child of the revolution
created by the wake of
fascism and imperialism,
that sought to construct
a more just society.
I am a child numbed by poverty,
stultified by working class conformity,
of a mother who wanted better for me,
but also wanted to keep me the same.
I am a child of these contradictions
who became a rebel
in the cultural revolution
of the rock and roll generation.
Who was liberated by student life,
by control of fertility,
by other places,
by the music and art
all parents hated.
I am still that child.
This is what made me.
This is what shaped me and
became part of my present,
became part of my future.
Sometimes I have tried to escape it.
Sometimes I still do.
We thought we’d done it!
Created the basis for a future
based on peace and love and civil rights.
Even a pandemic couldn’t stop us at Woodstock.
We were unstoppable!
In diverse countries
we saw the rebels become statesmen.
We thought the struggle was over.
And now with hindsight,
I wonder if we would do it again
now we know what happened next.
And if I could go back
with that knowledge,
would I want to?
Would I want
the person hindsight made me.
And with hindsight,
would I be there for me to find?
First published in Gyroscope Review, Fall, 2020
Lynn White lives in north Wales. Her work is influenced by issues of social justice and events, places and people she has known or imagined. She is especially interested in exploring the boundaries of dream, fantasy and reality. She was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and a Rhysling Award. Her poetry has appeared in many publications including: Apogee, Firewords, Capsule Stories, Light Journal and So It Goes.