They call me a ghostwriter,
My words don’t have my name,
Others get the credit,
The plaudits and the fame.
It may seem like I’m crazy
To write for no aplomb,
But, I am paid to do a job,
I’m not exactly dumb.
Some ghostwriters pen memoirs
For the famous and the rich.
A lucrative employment
If that’s your chosen niché.
Sometimes, I may get jealous
Of authors who make sales,
Knowing that I wrote their book
And composed their much-loved tales.
I am not seeking accolades
Or praise for what I do.
I don’t have to format the books,
Or promote them, that is true.
Ghostwriters are sought after,
We are always in demand,
But why we do just what we do
Is hard to understand.
Freelancer all compete for jobs,
Squaring off like fighters,
So tell me, “Who you gonna call?”
The one who’s called “Ghostwriter!”
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)
- The Alpha Male, a Short Story for Halloween - October 19, 2019
- We, Three Scary Monsters (or Let’s be Ghouls Tonight) - September 30, 2019
- The Halloween Curse - September 27, 2019