Friday 5 May 2023

2 Poems by Lynn White

Happy Endings

It’s said many a story has a happy ending,

but I doubt it,

not in the end.

”To cease upon the midnight with no pain”

is the best that

can be hoped for

and it seems rather a melancholic take

on happiness.

There may be a few brief encores,

perhaps more

than expected,

but when the final curtain falls

that’s it

your performance is over,

you’re done.

And you won’t be invited to the after show party

even though your presence may be felt.

First published in Literary Yard, October 2020

Far Horizons, Distant Dreams

Once the light shone so brightly

that time and distance stretched for ever,

the horizon at infinity strung with the pearls

of distant dreams.

And in between

a hinterland

of possibilities

just waiting to be grasped.

But then, as the light dimmed,

time and distance collapsed inwards

dragging the horizon closer

a hinterland

of rubble

in between,

the spent remains

of possibilities


or untried.

Only the dreams stretched further

beyond the horizon now

in the fading light.

Soon I’ll reach them

and perhaps discover myself

as part of someone else’s dream.

First Published in Lion And Lilac, August 2021


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 was shortlisted in the Theatre Cloud 'War Poetry for Today' competition and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize, Best of the Net and a Rhysling Award.
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