The Inspiration for This Poem
I had just listened to the “The Stranger Song” by Leonard Cohen. It was about the same time that the Philippines had just been hit by a terrible typhoon destroying cities and taking many lives. The song and Cohen’s voice stirred up a range of emotions, and this poem is the result.
The poem ‘Windows of Rainbows’ can be recited to the same beat as ‘The Stranger Song’ or at least that was going through my head as I wrote. I, therefore, suggest you listen to the song before reading the poem.
Windows of Rainbows
Sometimes you need to contemplate
The world in all its glory
All the good and bad
That happens every day.
You greet your next door neighbour
With a smile
And say, “How are you?”
But do you really wait for him to say?
You read the daily paper or check the news online.
It doesn’t really matter anyway.
Amidst all the destruction,
The death and people homeless,
Sometimes you feel that you’re immune to crying.
There’s surely good news out there
If you take the time to look,
But something’s wrong, when
This is what you have to do.
If you have to search for happiness
Through all the pain and grief
That surrounds us from each corner
Of the world.
Then I stop and look around me
At everything I have,
And I realise how lucky
That I am.
Possessions they mean nothing,
And success…well who can judge
If what you’ve done in life,
Has any worth?
The only thing that matters
Is the truth within your heart,
And if your actions
Compliment your words.
I turn towards the windows,
As I hear the pitter patter
Of raindrops, as they gather
On the glass.
The sunlight is still shining,
As the rain clouds start abating,
And the droplets shine
With multi-colored hues.
Gazing through the splattered glass
All dark thoughts leave my mind,
And in their place
Bright feelings, now exposed.
Of how to make things better,
And the world a nicer place,
As I look with different eyes, through…
Windows of rainbows.
by John Hansen © 2013
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.