Writers on the Web by John Hansen

Writers on the Web by John Hansen
Writer on the Web

Writers on the Web

Writers on the Web

Writers on the Web

Onto this site you stepped

Within this World Wide Web

Like a child without a home

A stray leaf getting blown

Writers on the Web

 

There’s a poet on the loose

His neck is squirmin’ in a noose

Take a writer’s break

For your muse’s sake

If you give your pen free reign

You’ll never be the same

Poet on the loose, yeah

 

Writer, gotta love your pen

Writer gotta love your pen

Take it in your hand

Your muse will understand

The world on you depends

Our writing never ends

Gotta love your pen

 

Writers on the Web

Writers on the Web

Onto this site you stepped

Within this World Wide Web

Like a child without a home

A stray leaf getting blown

Writers on the Web.

 

Writers on the Web

Writers on the Web

 

by John Hansenย ยฉ 2017

 

Poetry Competition

This is my entry into the “Riders on the Storm” (Writers on the Web) Poetry Competition. I look forward to reading the other entries.

Take a writer's break
Take a writer’s break

John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure.

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.

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John Hansen

Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. 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.

37 thoughts on “Writers on the Web by John Hansen

  • July 16, 2017 at 1:17 AM
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    John, this is fantastic! I love it. I like that photo at the end. Great work. Congratulations for the first entry of the competition.

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  • July 16, 2017 at 1:30 AM
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    Thank you, Phyllis. Glad you enjoyed the sing-a-long. It was a fun contest to enter.

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    • July 16, 2017 at 2:06 AM
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      Thank you, Tony. It took a little thinking. Your comment is greatly appreciated.

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  • July 16, 2017 at 8:25 AM
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    Your a poet and you know it- with these lines you’ll never blow it- Your a writer on the web- With a pen that has an edge- A poet with a cause- Relentless without pause-Gotta love this man-John Hansen all you can.

    Loved your flow and the truth about us poets, we need to take a break from time to time and I see no better place to take it than beside a pristine lake, as the one you posted above. I wouldn’t leave there for weeks, but I know I would still be penning my thoughts. Great entry John, loved it.

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  • July 16, 2017 at 9:13 AM
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    Haha, Vincent. Love that piece of verse you added in your comment. Thank you, my friend. Yes, I agree. Rather than taking a break I think my writing would also flourish if I was staying by such a peaceful lake. Glad you liked this.

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  • July 17, 2017 at 9:29 AM
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    For some reason comments had been closed on this post. So I hope anyone who tried to comment and couldn’t returns. I hate to miss a comment ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • July 17, 2017 at 9:46 AM
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      John Hansen – is this your way of racking up comments? Goof grief, you must be getting mighty lonesome over there. Okay, I will comment AGAIN. You did a great job on the poem, it flows nicely, just as the song does. You got the syllable count perfect. Gotta love your pen. Great job, boss.

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      • July 17, 2017 at 9:52 AM
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        Thanks, Phyllis. Yes, maybe it is a way to drum up comments. I thought it funny that no number of comments was shown at the top of the post, when I checked it there was no comment box and it said “comments closed.” Didn’t even know you could close comments. We are all after as many comments as we can get, so I can’t imagine anyone wanting to disable them.

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  • July 17, 2017 at 9:37 AM
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    Interesting, but John how does one tell if the comments are closed? is there an indicator button somewhere here?

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    • July 17, 2017 at 9:56 AM
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      John is just trying to gather more comments, Vincent. My guess is he has a remote control button to hide comments so he can beg for more. With that little boy smile – how can anyone refuse him? Hahahaha.

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      • July 17, 2017 at 10:01 AM
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        Exactly Phyllis, Heh John, can you pass that remote button to me when your finished with it please, my offering is being kicked about by my Muse, when he’s ready he will rattle my chain, so until then it’s a work in progress, but I have some time.

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  • July 17, 2017 at 9:49 AM
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    I just noticed at the top of the post that there was no number of comments shown, then when I checked the comments themselves there was no empty comment box here at the bottom and just a text saying “comments closed.” I had to go to my post through the dashboard and “edit” and tick the box saying “enable comments”. Have never had this happen before. I see the post was edited to change my keyword. Maybe it happened then.

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    • July 17, 2017 at 10:10 AM
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      I edited to put your keyword in the snippet and alt text, I did not change your keyword, and I did not touch anything else. Maybe you were in there when the site crashed and some boxes were ticked in error? I was in the midst of sending those emails out at that time.

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  • July 17, 2017 at 10:20 AM
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    OK, Phyllis, thanks. My mistake obviously. I read that wrong. The “comment closed” must have somehow happened when the site crashed. I had never even seen a box where you could turn comments on and off before and it doesn’t appear anywhere when you are writing the post but only if you go in through the dashboard (as far as I can tell.)

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    • July 17, 2017 at 10:54 AM
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      I just checked one of my posts. Under the edit box there is a box to click for ‘Allow Comments’ – if that is not ticked then it would close comments.So, I wonder if the crash might have affected your post if you were in it at the time and if any other posts were affected.

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  • July 17, 2017 at 10:57 AM
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    Yes, I’d be interested to know if it happened to anyone else. Perhaps they should check their posts.

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  • July 17, 2017 at 11:06 AM
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    I can’t stop singing this, John! Ha ha! It is wonderful in its rhythm and rhyme, and even more clever are its words with definite meaning, and purpose. You have not compromised meaning for rhyme. Your poem has it all! It is really quite brilliant! Perhaps the singer of “Riders of The Storm” will decide to swap his words for yours! I wouldn’t blame him for doing so…haha. Love it!

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  • July 17, 2017 at 11:18 AM
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    Tamara, everyone is starting to think I deliberately hijacked the comments to generate more for this article..but I didn’t really!
    I really appreciate your great comment..sing away. I am not sure if The Doors did the original version of this but if so Jim Morrison may have written it. If that is the case, I doubt he would swap his lyrics for mine as he is no longer with us. Nice thought though.. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • July 17, 2017 at 2:44 PM
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      Oh no! Far be it for our John to come close to even beginning to imagine the attempt of ushering in the greatest amount of comments, humanly possible, that any one poet should even have the right to attain in an entire lifetime, let alone a single post. Right, John?? Umm, right?? LOL..LOL..LOL.. Ha ha….I am laughing too much, today ๐Ÿ™‚

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    • July 17, 2017 at 3:10 PM
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      I just had fun teasing you, John. We know you did not create a hoax just to garner more comments. Well, it worked, though! LOL Now you have a “whole heap” of them. LOL

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      • July 17, 2017 at 4:33 PM
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        John always makes me laugh, even on Hubpages. He is a good sport. It is fun to have a bit of a good time, and even more fun to have a LOT of a good time…lol. Good clean fun ๐Ÿ™‚

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  • July 17, 2017 at 12:51 PM
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    Excellent John. Now I have to try and top this!?! Lol anyway, excellent and relevant to all very nicely done here. The Doors were definitely the originals for this song, it is in fact the last song recorded by the Doors before Jim met his unfortunate demise. I’m sure he would be happy with what you did here. Nice piece my friend.

    PS Way to hijack the comments…LOL !!

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  • July 17, 2017 at 3:28 PM
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    Paul, thank you for you for the generous comment, and also confirming that this was an original by The Doors and Jim’s last recorded song.

    Thanks everybody for the laughs about the amount of comments too ๐Ÿ™‚ we all know how to increase our comment count in the future, don’t we ? ๐Ÿ˜€

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  • July 19, 2017 at 12:07 AM
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    Bravo, Applause truly awesome. Really well written and enjoyable John. It will be hard to beat.

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  • July 19, 2017 at 12:40 AM
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    Thank you, Rasma. Fingers crossed, but there is stiff competition. So glad you enjoyed this though.

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    • July 19, 2017 at 9:46 AM
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      John, may I quote you in the newsletter: “Fingers crossed, but there is stiff competition.” ?

      This is the most fun competition I have ever been in and it will be a tough decision on voting.

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  • July 19, 2017 at 4:13 PM
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    Yes, you may certainly quote me, Phyllis. I would hate to have to judge this competition. Many entries are very similar due to the nature of the competition, but they have their own unique choice of words. A couple are very different as well.
    Yes, this is probably the most fun of any writing contest I have taken part in.
    It was a great idea you came up with.

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    • July 19, 2017 at 5:26 PM
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      Great, thanks, John. I am so glad you are enjoying the competition. Everyone is having such a good time with it.

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  • July 27, 2017 at 11:15 AM
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    Hahaha Well done John. Mr Morrison has asked what your intentions are with LA Woman ? I don’t even want to try to compete with this piece sir. Good stuff mate!

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  • July 27, 2017 at 4:53 PM
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    Thanks for reading and commenting Rob. I may have to tackle LA Woman next..lol.
    This was fun. Much appreciated.

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  • August 8, 2017 at 10:30 AM
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    I’m just starting to read the entries for this competition, and I absolutely enjoyed this, John! Great poem, you are master of words, no doubt.

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  • August 14, 2017 at 9:57 AM
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    Excellent John, we certainly were on the same page with this one! The song has been in my head for two weeks now. Truly enjoyed your rendition and loved the use of the leaf being blown in this challenging storm. Well done.

    Best,
    Mel

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  • August 14, 2017 at 10:12 AM
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    Thank you, Mel. Yes, we were on the same page. I enjoyed yours too. felt that if we had to call our version “Writers on the Web” those words had to be in the song instead of “Riders on the Storm” and very few of the writers, other than you and I, did that (even though I know it was open to interpretation.)

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