Let’s talk about life and death
and everything in between
First, we are born, naked and helpless.
We grow, we learn, we watch,
until we can stand on our own.
experience life and everything in it.
Explore our own country and the world,
even if just on the Internet.
Choose a partner, maybe marry,
start our own family.
And so the cycle begins again.
Enjoy new challenges as we age,
Try to maintain our health,
play with our grandchildren.
But then, inevitably, we die.
Our bodies crumble and cease to exist,
but who knows what happens to our soul?
Perhaps we go to Heaven as some believe,
or are reincarnated.
Maybe we just exist in a netherworld
to watch over our loved ones left behind,
and try to guide them in some way.
But then the cycle begins again
through our descendants.
Let’s hope they learn from our mistakes
and from history in general,
so they can make the right decisions
for our fellow man and our environment,
and make the world a better place.
Life we are given,
We do some livin’.
We make mistakes,
We are forgiven.
But whatever it takes,
The real and the fakes,
As long as we’re driven,
A good life it makes.
by John Hansen © 2018
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.