The Paper Trail
Read these papers, sign your name,
Initial every page.
We have to keep a paper trail
For proof of every stage.
Make sure you read the fine print,
And in between the lines.
The devil’s in the details,
You don’t want any fines.
Fill out the statutory dec.
In front of a J.P.
Jump through all the legal hoops,
We love red tape you see.
Only use a black pen, please,
Cross out any mistakes.
Initial each of these as well.
The stress just makes me shake.
To me, it’s mumbo-jumbo,
A litany of words.
I feel like Lil’ Miss Muffet
Separating whey from curds.
A lawyer’s words are set in stone,
A salesman’s have a catch.
Add a clause that makes no sense,
And warranties to match.
A writer’s words are fluid,
They weave and ebb and flow,
Forming poems and stories
That let imagination grow.
I’m glad I am a poet
Who loves each line I write,
Not stressing on some misplaced word
That keeps me up at night.
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.
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.
Latest posts by John Hansen (see all)
- I’ve Got Those Darn Tired, Confounded, So Sick of Movin’ Blues - April 22, 2017
- Respect: Don’t Lecture Me Please - April 19, 2017
- My Hidden Foe – a Poem About Insomnia and Nightmares - April 8, 2017