Recently I have had a couple of confrontations with my front gate post. My wife took a photo of it and shared on Facebook, at the same time challenging me to reveal the story behind it through a poem. This Poem “Devil Gate Drive” is my response (It is also the name of a song by Suzie Quatro).
Devil Gate Drive
There is a curse upon the gatepost
Of the place I now call home.
No gate there hangs upon it,
So why do I bemoan?
Because each time I enter
It tries to give me grief.
One collision I can understand
But two’s beyond belief.
I can leave without a problem,
It bids me on my way.
But when I drive the bus back in,
“STAY OUT!” It seems to say.
So sure that I have ample room
I proceed without a care,
But the post jumps out in front of me,
“Pass me if you dare!”
I’m not one to be intimidated,
Especially by a post.
So, I urge the RV forward,
And I don’t believe in ghosts.
I hear a bang and then a scrape
As I put my foot to floor,
But a horror’s there to greet me
As I open up the door.
Scratches, dents, abrasions,
And a dislodged awning arm,
All along the bus’s side.
That gatepost meant to harm.
The post was bent and flattened,
The fence panel as well.
What other damage had been caused?
Only time would tell.
Well, the second time it happened
Was more than I could cope.
I’d teach that cursed gatepost
That portrayed me as a dope.
I unbolted the fence panel
And unscrewed the final thread,
But the weldmesh bounced back up straight
And whacked me in the head!
Feeling dazed, with wounded pride
I pulled the fence apart.
Now the gateway’s twice as wide
And better on my heart.
The dreaded post was still in place,
Though bent to near the ground.
I needed to extract the thing
So on it I did pound.
I jumped on it with all my weight,
Then pulled it to and fro.
This weakened the accursed post
And made my efforts grow.
Then with a final mighty push
I snapped the bugger off.
No longer will it torment me,
I held my foe aloft.
Now, I can drive into my yard,
In a bus or in a truck.
Who cares I have no gate or post,
I just don’t give a .. hoot.
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.