Poets are a unique bunch
With rules unto themselves.
Throw grammar laws out of the door,
Leave spelling on the shelf.
The need to rhyme and follow form
Requires a special skill.
Poetic licence oft‘ employed
So the rhythm isn’t killed.
To throw the words into the air
And let them fall at will.
To then arrange them into lines
Stanzas do not need to rhyme,
Especially in this day.
But even free verse needs to flow,
True poets find a way.
Sometimes poets create words,
As Shakespeare often did.
Did grammar nazis scold the bard,
Like some rebellious kid?
So if a word just doesn’t fit,
Spell it as you must.
Shorten it or make one up,
But write that poem or bust!
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.