Why Do We Do It?

Everyone, tell me …

Why do we do it?
Everyone, why do we do it?

Why Do We Do It?

 

Does anyone know why we do it?

No one seems to really know why,

Or even question the reason.

 

There is no voice of subtle enquiry,

Not even one lone bewildered cry,

“Why do we do it?”

 

How weird!

It’s like everyone knows exactly why we do it

And the reason is so obvious

It doesn’t need mentioning.

 

But then, maybe it’s too silly to acknowledge,

Or too embarrassing or shameful.

Is that the reason for the silence?

 

It seems we just do it because everyone else does it.

There’s safety in numbers it seems.

It is like society has been brainwashed.

 

Perhaps we are actually afraid of not doing it

And appearing different or alone.

Seen as a rebel! Heaven forbid.

 

We are probably scared of change

And of doing things differently.

But, if that’s the case we’ll never advance.

 

Just because it has always been done doesn’t make it right.

Stop! Please! Somebody tell me …

WHY DO WE DO IT??

 

by John Hansen © 2019

Tell me why?

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.

9 thoughts on “Why Do We Do It?

  • April 5, 2019 at 12:29 AM
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    Well … I suppose we do it cause that is what humans do. Fun reading poem, John. It is kind of a puzzle, but fun.

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  • April 5, 2019 at 12:57 AM
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    You may be right Phyllis, but I’d like to think there is a deeper reason. Ask yourself, “what would happen if we didn’t do it?” Lol thanks for reading.

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  • April 6, 2019 at 10:33 AM
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    Sometimes we slow down enough to ask ourselves this question. Sometimes we ignore it and speed up again and then sometimes I go on a little walk. Nice poem John. Jamie

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  • April 6, 2019 at 6:29 PM
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    Thanks, Jamie, good answer. That makes it all so much clearer lol. Cheers.

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  • April 6, 2019 at 8:33 PM
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    Goodness knows why but I think this world has lost so many screws that now we should ask how do we stop it?

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  • April 6, 2019 at 9:23 PM
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    Haha Rasma, you are not wrong. That is another very good question.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 4:41 AM
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    We all like to follow the herd. We’re afraid of being different so, keep on walking on the much trodden road. You have conveyed the idea nicely.

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  • April 9, 2019 at 5:30 AM
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    Thank you Yasmin. Yes, you are right. We don’t like being different or taking a different path we aren’t familiar with.

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