Venus – Pretty, Pretty Girl

Venus – Pretty, Pretty Girl

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)

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Longtime 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. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction, and thoroughly enjoying this, especially flash fiction. I have been fortunate to have two poems 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. 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 are 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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