The Rebels of Rhyme
A writer writes to right the wrongs,
A singer sings just to sing songs.
I jot down stuff that’s in my head,
Some things are better left unsaid.
It’s a little bit like singing blues,
Sounds better if you’re drinking booze.
Write a story, poem, or prose,
Pick a subject no one knows,
Fill it with such obscure facts,
Readers won’t know what it lacks.
Today’s media spreads B.S.
It’s why the world is such a mess.
Stand up straight and play the ball,
Obey the umpire’s urgent call.
What’s yours is mine and mines my own,
That doesn’t leave you much to own.
Accept the blame and take the knocks,
Don’t count the hours on broken clocks.
The night is dark, the day is light,
So why do different races fight?
I love to make my poems rhyme,
Even in these modern times.
Now free verse is more mainstream,
And rhyming poems seen as extreme.
Across the lake, you skim a pebble,
Writing rhyme makes poets rebels.
by John Hansen © 2019
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.
– John Hansen
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.
Latest posts by John Hansen (see all)
- Micro-Poem Collection - November 19, 2019
- The Alpha Male, a Short Story for Halloween - October 19, 2019
- We, Three Scary Monsters (or Let’s be Ghouls Tonight) - September 30, 2019