Riding the Highway
I’m riding the highway
Leaving my old life and troubles behind.
Knockers and neigh-sayers fall in my wake,
For I have a new frame of mind.
Eyes firmly fixed on the long road ahead,
No looking back or regrets.
I’ve waited so long to get to this point,
Now I’ve paid off all of my debts.
So out of my way, you can’t hold me back,
I’m free for the first time in life.
In a fitted out bus with all that we need,
This adventure I share with my wife.
We’ll pack what we need for a month on the road
And take our three dogs along too.
We’ll go where we want and stop where we must,
To realise this dream we stayed true.
“It’s crazy!” you say, “to leave all you know,
Your home and secure way of life.”
But each day is a risk from the time you are born,
Like walking the edge of a knife.
An adventure awaits around every bend,
We have plans but they’re not set in stone.
So let the road lead us to places unknown,
As a couple, we are never alone.
This beautiful land beckons us on,
The diversity something to see.
We’ll drive across desert and spinifex plains,
And through rainforest bordering the sea.
So wish us fair well on our journey ahead,
Shed a sad tear if you must,
But you have to make changes, and go where you’re led.
This brave move is the right one I trust.
While I’m away I’ll take pen in hand
To write about things that I see,
Places and people and landscapes and such,
It will set my poetic words free.
by John Hansen © 2017
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.
It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years is now wonderful material for my stories and poems.
I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.