That Extra Mile
I walked that extra mile today,
My thoughts though were far, far away.
Each step I took a secret pledge
To live my life on a knife’s edge.
Each week day seems to come and go,
No change of routine, that I know.
We only have one life to live
So give it all you have to give.
Don’r sit around and waste each hour,
Procrastination has no power.
We can’t stay safe and never try
Or sit around waiting to die.
Get up, go out, and take a chance,
Treat every day like your last dance.
The world is full of wondrous sights,
Explore as many as you might.
Each day search for that pot of gold,
You don’t know what the future holds.
Support your friends, give to the poor,
True riches will be at your door.
So, don’t just sit there growing hair,
Please raise up from your easy chair.
Do all the things of which you’ve dreamed,
They aren’t so difficult it seems.
Tick each thing off your bucket list,
Kiss girls or guys you’ve never kissed.
Just stop your moping, wasting time,
The punishment will suit the crime.
So, walk that extra mile today
And let your thoughts from comfort stray.
The only thing that holds you back
Is the bravery that you lack.
Grab each morning by the collar,
Make that sucker scream and holler.
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.