What is important in your life,
Your family, job, or health?
Success, respect, or happiness,
Or maybe untold wealth?
Do you love your fellow man
Whatever race or creed?
Do you try to do what’s right,
Like, give to those in need?
Sometimes we need to take a stand,
To think outside the box.
Go where no man’s gone before,
Remove the chains and locks.
Most of us have steady jobs,
Working nine to five.
Security is what we seek.
Just go on with our lives.
But now you need to take a chance,
To risk life on a hunch.
Be daring and do something new,
Give life a bit more punch.
Change is sometimes frightening,
We stick to what we know.
But it really is inevitable
Stop going with the flow.
We need to act like heroes
Not follow blindly what we’re told
If we’re to shape tomorrow’s world,
Do something new and bold.
Our culture needs upheaval
So society can grow.
Be the light of a new dawn,
Let others see your glow.
Be brave and take the path unwalked,
Speak of the things unsaid,
Write about injustices,
Pave the way ahead.
The artist makes his first brush stroke
On a canvas white and bare.
A masterpiece awaits his touch,
He must paint without a care.
A writer’s words are powerful
But often the truth’s concealed.
He needs to show great courage,
And let secrets be revealed.
Teachers have unbridled power
To change our future world.
They mould and shape the active minds
Of every boy and girl.
So be the diamond in the rough.
Bravely take the lead,
Do what no one’s ever done.
You are the change we need.
From little things, big things grow,
Are words you should embrace.
Hand in hand and step by step,
We’ll create a better place.
Tackle tasks that can’t be done,
Stand out from the crowd.
We can be heroes,
In a society of cowards.
by John Hansen © 2016
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.