A Random and Meaningless Poem With No Message

Random and Meaningless

A Random and Meaningless Poem With No Message


This is just a random poem,

No message does it preach.

No topic, subject, genre, style,

Or lesson does it teach.

Sometimes when inspiration lacks

And your muse has gone on strike,

Just take that trusty pen in hand

And write what e’er you like.

It could make sense, or maybe not

But that’s really not the point,

As long as you start writing words

You’ll really rock the joint.

The sky is clear and baby blue,

Or maybe grey with cloud.

Sometimes you talk in whispers,

At others, shout aloud!

Analyse this all you want,

I hope you find the truth.

The meaning of our life on earth,

I hope it’s not uncouth.

Why look for something that’s not there?

There’s no hidden code or sign,

It’s just a bunch of written words

That don’t need to be defined.

I’m sure some reading this may say

“It really has a theme.”

Well, if it does, feel free to share

The figment of your dream.

“What is in this poet’s mind?

It must be quite profound.

If you read between the lines

Some message must be found.”

In this crazy mixed-up world of ours,

Where nothing’s as it seems,

What you see is not what you get.

That’s why they now have memes.

So raise your sword

And cut the bread,

Don’t let the gossip leak.

For only lovers know the truth,

Of why a deaf child speaks.


by John Hansen © 2018


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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.

14 thoughts on “A Random and Meaningless Poem With No Message

  • September 18, 2018 at 11:08 PM

    Well, this has got me pondering, John. It is very well penned and fun to read. Now, I will be awake all night going over it all again. Clever and interesting work.

    Possible edit? “I’m sure some reading this may say” (reader?)

  • September 18, 2018 at 11:20 PM

    Thanks, Phyllis. I really hope it doesn’t keep you up all night. Countless people tried to analyse the Don McLean song American Pie. He said on numerous occasions it had no real meaning, it was just a collection of random thoughts and things that popped into his head. But that didn’t stop them.

  • September 19, 2018 at 4:03 AM

    Hi John , I love this ! Phyllis is right ,……………..Maybe this IS one of those teaching moments , we read too much that we get confused in that perhaps we don’t have to say a thing but let the rhythm of poetry speak for itself !

    Perfect poem for that.

  • September 19, 2018 at 4:10 AM

    Glad you liked this poem, Ed. Yes, that’s what I’m getting at. we often try to reread too much into a poem and analyse it’s socks off instead of just sitting back, reading it out loud, and enjoying its rhythm.

  • September 19, 2018 at 7:52 AM

    A poem written as satire is simply that, oft we read to deeply into the emotions expressed by a fellow poet and try to interpret it to suit our convictions. And if our convictions are different than the authors, an argument may pursue, at the cost of the innocence of a wonderful work simply expressed in satire format by said author. Here John you let your pen flow in colorful humor. Sometimes a nonsense piece is important to lift up our spirits and laugh off and brush off the serious side of this life. Don McLean did just that with American Pie, how many of us today still sing along to that fun song. Sometimes laughter is all we need to bring us back to reality, I find this piece a beautiful portrayal of random thought, I bet you felt good penning it and sat back afterwards and smiled, I can see it:-))) I sure smiled, something we can all do more of my friend. Nicely penned sir.

    • December 17, 2018 at 9:00 PM

      Vincent, my friend, sorry I missed this comment previously. I don’t know how that happened but I saw there was an odd number of comments so realised I must have missed replying to one. Yes, it felt great writing this and there was a smile on my face all the way through. Glad it had a similar effect on you.

  • September 20, 2018 at 1:32 AM

    Great fun my friend. Most people put whatever they think about a piece of poetry, as everyone has a different response. I love it. Well done John.

  • September 20, 2018 at 1:39 AM

    Yes, you could have a dozen people analyse your poem and get 10 different interpretations. That being the case I thought I’d write one that needs no interpretation at all 🙂 Thanks, Tony, glad you liked this.

  • September 21, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    I love when I can leave a piece up on the board with my own interpretation but it is open to so many other meanings. Those are some of my favorites. It makes the brain start to wander in and out of thought. This is great John the rhyming is spot on, the meter is good, and the overall flow is very good as well. Nice work.

  • September 21, 2018 at 7:43 PM

    Paul, often it is the poet’s intention to write a piece that has an underlying message hidden in the words and put a challenge to their readers to try and find and decipher it. This can be fun and challenging, for boy=th the reader and the poet to see the different interpretations of their work. Others just like to state their point as clearly as possible so no interpretation is required. Thank you for reading this and your generous comment.

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