A Tribute to My Colleagues

Tribute to My Colleagues …

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I write this humble tribute

To my friends at TCE,

The colleagues who inspire me

And make this the place to be.

 

Phyllis, Ralph, Tony and Kurt,

Paul, Jamie, Rasma too.

This website wouldn’t be the same

Without the likes of you.

 

And now our dear friend Eric

Is writing here as well.

We all have special talents

And have our tales to tell.

 

Other writers come and go,

Like Ed and Vincent Moore.

But everyone is valued here,

The creative Exiles’ core.

 

So, write your poems and stories

For others to admire,

New poets and young writers

I know you will inspire.

 

We don’t have lots of members,

Or rely on ads that pay,

But we’ve quality and passion

And that is here to stay,

 

by John Hansen  © 2019

 

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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

 

 

 

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 “A Tribute to My Colleagues

  • August 29, 2019 at 3:54 PM
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    A fabulous poem, John, and so very much appreciated. I often look back at the beginning of TCE and the struggles we had then realize that we have come a long way. I am grateful for all we accomplished together and for having you as a friend. Thank you for writing this tribute. Take care.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 5:20 PM
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    Thank you, Phyllis, for your kind comment and for all you do here at The Creative Exiles. We have had our ups and downs and a couple of rocky patches but we managed to overcome them and think we emerged better for it. Here’s hoping TCE continues to grow and inspire in the years to come.

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  • August 29, 2019 at 6:28 PM
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    What a thoughtful poem John – and thank you for inviting me in the beginning to join. It has been a rewarding experience for me and has helped me grow as a writer. It helps to have so many inspiring poets and writers to look up to here.

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  • August 30, 2019 at 7:08 AM
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    Thank you Kurt. You are most welcome. We have such diverse writers here it is a pleasure to be part of the group. I think it helps us all grow as writers.

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  • August 31, 2019 at 10:35 AM
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    Thank you John.. It is good to feel appreciated….of course I have strong feeling when it comes to TCE where I call home. I hope you are well. Jamie

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  • September 1, 2019 at 4:07 AM
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    Jamie, I am glad you made a home here at TCE. Yes, you certainly are appreciated. All is fine with me, thanks.

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  • September 1, 2019 at 12:36 PM
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    Very thoughtful John and thank you for this tribute. You are a most valued member as well my friend. I learn so many things from every member here, how differently we confront adversity, how we each see the world so differently and are able to show our emotions with such grand storytelling and poetry. I am grateful for this site and all its members. Thank you again John.

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  • September 1, 2019 at 9:28 PM
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    You are welcome Paul. Sometimes, if you have spent a lot of time and effort on a poem or story and only receive a couple of comments it can feel a little deflating. For that reason I feel it is good to occasionally let each other know how much their writing is appreciated and what valuable contributors they all are to the site. Thank you for reading and being a valued member of TCE.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 5:18 PM
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    Thank you very much, John. It is an honor to be here among you all. Enjoyed the poem.

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  • September 2, 2019 at 7:02 PM
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    thank you, Rasma. you are most welcome. It is an honor for me too.

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