Your Blue Eyed Boy by Lynn White

The response to any creative work
is subjective
necessarily so
But for a novel to work successfully
for any one of us
we must identify
with the characters,
feel for them,
care about them,
at least for one of them.
Surely that is true.
I always believed it.
So Dunmore’s “Your Blue Eyed Boy”
is an anomaly.
I don’t like any
of the characters.
Don’t identify with them or  with any part
of their lives.
Don’t aspire
to any of it,
never did.
So why do these people reach into the core
of my being,
speak to me
so strongly,
touch me so
roll around my head like an ear worm.
I don’t understand it.
But they do.

© 2018 Lynn White


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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. Her poem ‘A Rose For Gaza’ was shortlisted for the Theatre Cloud ‘War Poetry for Today’ competition 2014. This and many other poems, have been widely published. Find Lynn at:


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