A Poem of Questions
How do you rightfully explain
Feelings swirling in your brain,
Like anger, empathy, or passion,
Or delight at following new fashion?
Why do men embrace a sport,
Smoke cigars, sip tawny port,
Or over babies, women pine,
And standing in the bargain line?
All of us are needing love
From family, friends, or God above.
But do we spread that love around
To homeless people in our town?
What instils within us hate,
An inner anger we must sate
For others different from ourselves,
Black, Asian, gay, or even elves?
Does the government really care
To do what’s ethical and fair?
Do they care who can’t find work
When, they can claim all kinds of perks?
Do you worry about death,
Getting old and failing health?
Or do you take the package deal
And face every single day with zeal?
Poverty and malnutrition,
Is the answer just attrition?
Or should we show a caring heart,
Reach in our pockets, do our part?
Question everything you must
Don’t take promises on trust.
Some are truthful. others not,
Use the wisdom that you’ve got.
by 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.