I Wore My Feelings on My Sleeve
I wore my feelings on my sleeve
Displayed for all to see.
You ripped that sleeve from off my shirt
And delighted in cruel glee.
Now I keep my heart’s desires
Bottled up inside.
I’ll never more be made a fool,
Or feed your selfish pride.
I thought you were a trusted friend,
But how wrong I must have been.
Now I’ll keep you at arm’s length,
You’ll not hurt me again.
So, take you painted on false smile
And kiss your lying arse.
then vanish like the Cheshire Cat
In ‘Through the Looking Glass.”
This poem wasn’t written as a response to any particular unpleasant situation or act of betrayal, or aimed at any one person. It is just a general response to anyone who has deceived or betrayed me in the past, or maybe even in the future. I am sure we have felt this way at some time in our lives when someone we considered close has let us down. Thank you for reading.
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
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)
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