Poetry is Not Dead Yet and Other Related Poems

Poetry is Not Dead Yet
Poetry is Not Dead Yet

Poetry is Not Dead Yet

Sit back and read your favourite poem,

Somewhere comfy in your home.

Just relax, don’t think too hard,

Give a mile, don’t take a yard.

 

Reading verse is not a chore,

It isn’t meant to make you snore.

Don’t try to analyse each word,

Set it free, just like a bird.

 

Imagine listening to a song,

If it sounds good it can’t be wrong.

Perhaps a message hides within,

If so take it on the chin.

 

Don’t contemplate the rhyme and form,

Any port’s good in a storm.

The poet’s blood is in the verse,

The urge to rhyme can be a curse.

 

Put yourself within their shoes,

Imagine you’re the poet’s muse.

Appreciate the time and sweat,

For poetry is not dead yet.

A Writer's Life
A Writer’s Life

A Writer’s Life

A writer’s life is lonely,

They often work alone,

In front of a computer screen

Or notebooks when not home.

 

Observing life and taking notes

To commit to memory,

So they can write the perfect text

Whatever that may be.

 

Writers are a special breed,

Their patience will astound,

Researching and studying

To make their words profound.

 

Authors, poets, freelancers,

All writers have a place.

Some are very famous,

But many have no face.

 

So here’s to struggling writers

Who slave for hours a day,

To try to please the reader

For very little pay.

If I Were Not a Poet
If I Were Not a Poet

If I Were Not a Poet

If I were not a poet

I’d never write of love.

My feelings would stay hidden,

The world would never know.

 

If I were not a poet

I’d not confess my love.

You’d never read a verse by me,

So I’d never break your heart.

 

If I were not a poet

I’d be a lonely man.

My feelings would stay trapped inside,

For I’d fear to set them free.

 

If I were not a poet

I would not have a muse

Who stabs a pen deep in my heart,

And bleeds words from my soul.

 

John Hansen © 2018

John Hansen

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.

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.
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John Hansen

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. 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.

6 thoughts on “Poetry is Not Dead Yet and Other Related Poems

  • July 22, 2018 at 2:17 AM
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    Nicely done John, inspired by our fear of poetry being unread and unnoticed. Well done mate!

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    • July 22, 2018 at 7:40 AM
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      Yes, tony it was inspired by that. We just need to keep pushing our cause. Thank you as always.

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  • July 22, 2018 at 3:48 AM
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    Very nice, John. More verses should be written on the benefits, joy, and goodness of poetry. In the time of Poe, Wilde, Yeats, so many others, poetry was greatly loved by society – we really should do our best to make it so again. I am so pleased that HubPages has given poetry a place on their site. Wonderful work, John. Well done.

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  • July 22, 2018 at 7:47 AM
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    Thank you, Phyllis. I am sure we can make a difference and society goes through stages where things return to popularity in time. I approve the HP changes though as well.

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  • July 24, 2018 at 9:31 AM
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    Too bad we cant get more people onto a poetry movement. It is so lovely to read rhyming verse and I’ve grown to love reading free verse as well. You are so right that people do not understand the homework done in perfecting a rhyme, in creating depth in each sentence, and some many never appreciate it. And that last stanza speaks to the emotional connection a poet has to his writing. So strong it feels as though the words are cutting you to the heart. Nice work John.

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  • July 24, 2018 at 11:09 PM
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    Yes, Paul, I know you live and breathe poetry too. I can feel the passion in your writing. You are right that we need to get a poetry movement rolling and gathering followers to support the art and promote it as the greatest form of literature. Thank you for the supportive comment.

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