An Ode to the Writer
When a poet takes his pen in hand and sits down at his desk
A passion burns within him that he’ll soon put to the test.
His muse will be beside him as he starts to form his lines
Inspiring and composing like a symphony of rhymes.
When a writer of non-fiction thinks his research is all done
He takes a temporary break and lazes in the sun.
Invigorated and inspired, he’s now prepared to start
The manuscript that he has had locked safely in his heart.
A writer’s heart is bursting with the things he has to say
So each one does the best he can in his own unique way.
A novelist, for instance, takes his time to set a scene
And to develop characters his readers can believe.
A poet counts his syllables, sets structure, meter, rhyme.
To achieve a pleasant cadence often takes a long long time.
So, don’t compare one writer to another in the field
For each one has that special niche that only he can yield.
They hone their craft for years and years until they get it right,
Many pages that they’ve written never ever see the light.
Please give respect and value to the hours that they have sweated,
Their strength and dedication deserve unbiased credit.
So, to all the writers of today, I dedicate this ode.
I’m pleased that you contribute to the sacred writing code.
For while the world has readers there will always be demand
For information, news, and fun created by your hand.
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.