Chain Breaker – A Poem by Brandon White

Photo by Timothy Tarasov

A free verse poem born of gratitude.


Chain Breaker:

I hydroplane every fifty feet
and there’s no sign of the rain
letting up anytime soon.
I wipe the joy from my eyes
but let it dry on my cheeks.
It lingers like the feeling of victory-
not long at all.

I believe this rush of wind
will deliver you whole.
That your feet may know
the comfort of familiar earth
and your lungs reminded
of what it is
to breathe easy.

Though each breath
comes fully loaded with
the danger of carrying us
to a moment of
world-shattering finality,
what is it you wanted
after all this time

if not the freedom
to surrender
to all of life’s possibilities?


-Brandon White

Published by Brandon White Music & Poetry

Brandon White was born in Huntington, West Virginia, and raised in Arkansas. An accomplished songwriter, he has released multiple albums, EPs, and singles over the years and has had over 30 of his songs licensed for use in retail stores and restaurants. After the birth of his twin daughters and the death of his father, White shifted his focus from music to writing. The Year that Stole the Light Away is White’s debut poetry collection, published by Raw Earth Ink in May of 2020. White currently resides in Fort Smith, Arkansas

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