Venus – Pretty, Pretty Girl
Pretty, pretty girl
Clothed in outfit red and white,
Look up with a happy smile,
So wise and knowing in this funny world.
People in the streets
Walking along in mindless haze,
Staring trancelike at mobile phones,
Like zombies on their brainwashed way to work.
Why? I cannot tell.
Tell me what I’m meant to see,
Why the world is like it is today,
How you seem to know the truth?
They do not waver they just go right on,
Perhaps they’re robots too.
Pretty, pretty girl,
Capturing eyes and turning heads,
Flowing hair that bounces free,
Your beauty is on show for all to see.
Streetlights turning green,
From the amber and the red.
Stolen faces miss the change,
But soon they rush before the lights turn red.
Now it all is clear,
How you come to stay so sane
Within a world of mindless men,
What your actions said to them.
They could not see, they have such one tracked minds,
Maybe they’ll see it now.
They could not ignore you
Because your beauty shines.
And when all eyes turned towards you
On that busy busy street,
You smiled a knowing look, it was so clear.
Because I was with you, Venus.
This busy hectic world needs one as lovely as you are.
Pretty, pretty girl,
Photos saved to mobile phones
Taken by the nameless clones,
With eyes that miss the world that passes by,
Just like androids on a quest
Oblivious to all around,
They need a rose to turn their heads
So they don’t just walk around like living dead.
Now I understand
Why you always smile at me,
How you try to change society,
Why you want us to be free.
But we are trapped, prisoners to technology.
Maybe, we’ll never see.
John Hansen © 2018
*(My entry in the Vincent – Starry Starry Night Contest)
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.