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
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.