Everyone, tell me …
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?”
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
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.