The Three Wise Men
The fires that burn and scorch my skin,
And raging furnace stoked within,
The fiends that tease and call me names,
Their cursed taunting fans the flames.
Should I retaliate in kind?
Then would I lose in my own mind
To stoop to be as low as them?
Is not revenge an equal sin?
“Forgive them, they know not what they do.”
Hard advice, but the words ring true.
Or simply, “Turn the other cheek.”
They say that God protects the meek.
“Stand up and fight them like a man.
To gain respect first take a stand,
But never be the first to strike.
Show courage when you know you’re right.”
All wise advice that I have heard,
Said by Jesus in God’s Word,
And my father on this Earth
Instilled in me from time of birth.
But how do I know which is right,
Forgive abuse or stand and fight?
Can I somehow take a stand,
But not in anger raise my hand?
I will repel sarcasm hurled,
I am a man, no little girl.
Abuse is a weapon of the weak
Who hide behind mere words they speak.
But pending physical attack
I will not take one footstep back.
I’ll stand my ground and brace my chin,
For I know I have the power to win.
“First they ignore you,
Then they laugh at you,
Then they fight you,
Then you win.”
Now Gandhi’s wise words have been bade
Confirming my decision made.
These three wise men instilled in me
Values I hope others like to see.
“The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is an attribute of the strong.” … Mahatma Gandhi …
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 Israeli/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.