I Dare Ya!

I Dare Ya!
I Dare Ya!

“I Dare Ya!”

My friend taunts.

I dread those words,

A kid can’t refuse.

 

“Give it a go”

He urges.

“I don’t know”

I reply nervously.

 

“You can do it!”

I look down,

Shaking a bit,

“It looks so far.”

 

“Are you scared?”

He teases.

Why was I dared?

I think, taking a breath.

 

I prepare to jump.

Stepping forward,

Eyes shut tight,

Then…THUMP!

 

I land on the floor

Of the hen house,

Bruised and sore

As he sits there laughing.

 

Straw in my hair

Rubbing my sore butt,

Chickens scattering everywhere

“At least I gave it a go.”

Chickens scattering
Chickens scattering

John Hansen © 2016

John Hansen

Long time poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.

After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com.Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction.

I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning British singer Tally Koren.

I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials.

My personal life is largely devoted to spending time with my wife on our 40-acre property and together trying to lessen our footprint on our precious planet Earth and encouraging others to become as self-sufficient as possible.
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John Hansen

Long time poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBooks of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" and "On the Wings of Eagles" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. My personal life is largely devoted to spending time with my wife on our 40-acre property and together trying to lessen our footprint on our precious planet Earth and encouraging others to become as self-sufficient as possible.

20 thoughts on “I Dare Ya!

  • July 27, 2016 at 8:12 AM
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    Thank you, William. Our childhood experiences and memories often teach us life lessons don’t they?

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  • July 27, 2016 at 9:29 AM
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    Oh! how fun! Reminds me of my childhood. The hen house was always a target for my brothers when looking for mischief. Delightful poem, John.

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    • July 27, 2016 at 9:55 AM
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      Thank you, Eric. I could never pass up a dare. Glad you enjoyed.

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  • July 27, 2016 at 9:50 AM
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    Yes, the hen house was popular with us as kids as well, Phyllis. I am glad you enjoyed this light hearted poem.

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    • July 27, 2016 at 5:11 PM
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      Yes, Lori. Boys will be boys. I have three. Thanks for reading.

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  • July 27, 2016 at 5:12 PM
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    Thank you, John. It is just a bit of lighthearted fun about what it’s like being a kid.

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  • July 27, 2016 at 8:22 PM
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    Nicely penned John, and brings back lots of memories of childhood dares and jaunts. It’s a wonder any of us survived. Nice work.

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  • July 30, 2016 at 12:10 PM
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    Haha, oh my…the dreaded dare, the dreaded ‘double dog dare’ . A fun piece of reminiscing, the memories that stay. Those girls can come up with some doosies too! Enjoyed it John 🙂

    Best,
    Mel

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  • July 30, 2016 at 6:04 PM
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    Hi Mel, yes I am aware that the girls are just as accomplished at issuing dares as boys are. Thanks for reading and reminiscing.

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  • July 30, 2016 at 11:36 PM
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    John, I had to come back and read this poem again. It is lighthearted and so enjoyable. It reminds me of one night when my Dad thought the fox was after his hens. I just might make a poem of that and post it. Thanks again for the fun.

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  • July 31, 2016 at 12:31 AM
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    Feel free to revisit any time Phyllis. I hope you do write a poem about the fo in the henhouse.

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  • December 10, 2016 at 12:14 AM
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    Thank you, Nithya. Glad it brought back childhood memories for you.

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