This Pen: a Writer’s Life

 

This PenPen in Hand

This pen I hold within my hand

Portrays the life I’ve lived,

The trials and torments I’ve been through,

And good times I’ve been gifted.

 

As I put ink to paper

Amazing scenes unfold,

Delightful childhood memories,

And stories to be told.

 

It records when love came calling,

When I became betrothed,

How parenthood took pride of place,

Of jobs, I loved or loathed.

 

Experiences good and bad

That tends to shape my life,

Places I have travelled

With my partner, now my wife.

 

Writers use their memories

To inspire the words they write,

As background for their stories,

And wrongs they have to fight.

 

Sometimes you have to push a cause,

Stand for a truth you know.

A pen can be a weapon

To defeat an evil foe.

 

But, now we have computers,

The wonderous World Wide Web.

Our words can spread across the globe,

So carefully we must tread.

 

Don’t say things you cannot prove,

Or reveal unfounded names.

Libel’s just a step away,

Tread lightly, don’t play games.

 

So, my life’s now an open book

Set out for all to see.

But, sharing is a therapy

That sets this writer free.

John Hansen © 2018

John Hansen

Long time 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 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

Long time 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 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.

6 thoughts on “This Pen: a Writer’s Life

  • June 12, 2018 at 9:01 AM
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    A pen with wings – I love it. You are right, John, writers make good use of their memories. Nice rhyme and sharing in this verse. Well done.

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    • June 12, 2018 at 11:13 PM
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      I loved that drawing too, Phyllis. It’s amazing what you can remember from your childhood when you sit down to write about it. Thanks for reading.

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  • June 12, 2018 at 8:39 PM
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    So true John, it does set us free, cathartic and lessening the burden of weighted thoughts. Nicely expressed and penned my friend. Cheers!

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  • June 12, 2018 at 11:14 PM
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    Thanks, Tony. I count my blessings that I chose to write and be able to record and use my memories and experiences. It is certainly catharic as you said.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 5:12 AM
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    The pen is mightier than the sword it should be able to evoke tragedy and slay demons accordingly. It is such an amazing tool we all keep holstered that can be a game changer. A live note, a letter of resignation or intent, a biography, a scribble in a diary, the pen and the hand that holds it can make a difference. I for one am glad i got to share in your therapy sessions. Nice work John.

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  • June 14, 2018 at 5:26 AM
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    Thank you, Paul. Your great comment adds value to this post. Writers can certainly make a lot of difference to the world…the pen is indeed powerful.

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