Hello Darkness my old friend,
It’s good to meet with you again.
For your advice my ear I’ll lend,
Perhaps my sad life you can mend.
Disappointment comes and goes
Adding to all my other woes.
At least I’ve got my hands and toes,
Like pretty flowers in planted rows.
Crawling creatures give me chills,
I need the rollercoaster thrills.
I have so many different ills,
Popping a multitude of pills.
Like a speeding bullet to the brain
My waking world is wracked with pain.
Most people think that I’m insane,
But I’d rather not wake up again.
Nightmares invade my troubled sleep
Where monsters lurk and demons creep.
I surface from the murky deep,
Ascending mountains much too steep.
Stress and worry are the trends,
Suffered by most of my friends.
We need more money to meet ends,
The greedy banker always lends.
I know my life has gone off track,
Creditors are on my back,
Enemies wait to attack.
Indifference is all I lack.
Life in general needs to change,
Mixed information gets exchanged,
My attitude’s in need of change,
Sometimes I think I am deranged.
There must be somewhere I can go
That isn’t hot but doesn’t snow,
Where there is rain, but the wind don’t blow.
Where is this place? I need to know.
Love and lust are both the same.
Intimacy is just a game.
Seductresses are there to tame.
I’ve been and gone, but at least I came.
How I wish to change my skin,
Escape this shell that I am in.
I’d rather be a man of tin
Than flesh and blood and full of sin.
I’m locked up in a metal cage,
It fills me with eternal rage.
I cannot verbally engage,
It’s like I am a hermit sage.
Sometimes I need to vent my ire,
Reignite my inner fire.
Creative writing’s my desire
That pulls me from this sinking mire.
Forgive me for this feeble verse,
Sometimes it seems my pen is cursed.
If it didn’t rhyme it would be worse,
My muse is a psychiatric nurse.
So, tell me now and tell me true,
Just what this verse may mean to you?
Does it make you sad and blue,
Or sorry that you read it through?
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 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.