We Carry On

We Carry On
We Carry On

We Carry On

We all know

Life isn’t easy,

Some days still

Others are breezy.

There’re often hurdles

In our way.

Put things off

For another day.

Sometimes we laugh,

Sometimes we cry.

Now we live,

Later we die.

Take the knocks,

Shrug them off.

Don’t give up,

That’s too soft.

Love your family

And your friends.

Help your neighbour,

Buck the trends.

Don’t just rest

Upon your laurels.

Be a fish

Among the coral.

Take the lead,

Don’t blindly follow.

You must chew

Before you swallow.

Make your bed

After you rise.

Tell the truth,

Forget the lies.

We carry on

Day after day,

Poets and writers,

No better way.

The Creative Exiles

Stood the test,

Make writing here

Your worthy quest.

 

by John Hansen © 2019

 

try and stop me
Don’t give up

 

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.

10 thoughts on “We Carry On

  • January 11, 2019 at 9:28 PM
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    Awesome and inspirational poem, John. It reads fast, smooth, and lively. I love it – love the images, too. Take care.

    PS: One of our favorite sayings over here is “Keep on truckin’), which means the same as “Carry on.”

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  • January 11, 2019 at 10:12 PM
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    Thank you, Phyllis. Yes, “keep on truckin’.” I like it.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 7:15 AM
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    Hi John , As Phyllis said “Keep On Truckin ” which was our graduating class song in 1972 !
    Nice writing !

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  • January 12, 2019 at 10:09 AM
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    Thank you John for your inspiration and Ed I used to sing that song in my head on forced road marches when I was in the Army. Jamie

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  • January 12, 2019 at 8:54 PM
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    Keep truckin!! Absolutely. I love the participation level on this site nowadays. Hopefully it stays at this level. As for your poetry, it was quick, crisp, and right on point. Very nicely done, good message, thoroughly enjoyed.

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  • January 12, 2019 at 11:59 PM
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    Thanks, Paul, I tried to keep it quick with only three words to a line. I appreciate everyone who is putting in more effort to post and comment. It’s great to see.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 5:53 AM
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    Yes sir, having trucked in my past for 10 years over the US and Canadian terrain, I certainly knew what it was like to “keep on truckin” I played enough of those tunes in my rig to keep me spirited for sure. Nicely penned John, indeed we need to all plunge ahead and never give up. Just like the mighty tortoise you pictured here, they may be slow, but they never give up their quest.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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    Well said, Vincent. Slow and steady wins the race. Just persist.

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  • January 13, 2019 at 6:50 PM
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    That is exactly right, Rasma. Let’s keep forging ahead. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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