There is a trapdoor in the floor,
A staircase leading down.
Cobwebs line the step treads,
You descend it with a frown.
At the bottom of the stairs
A wooden door awaits,
And on the ancient door, a sign,
“BE SURE!” is what it states.
Will you open up that door,
Enter the dark beyond,
Or retreat back up the stairs
And to your fears respond?
Carefully you unlock the door
And bravely push on through.
Are you a hero or a fool?
One or both is true.
You cannot see beyond the door,
There’s darkness all around.
Tentatively you inch ahead,
Something scuttles on the ground.
Turning back you try the door
But it is tightly closed,
You can’t return from where you came,
You’re frightened and exposed.
You feel your way along the path,
Hands pressed against the wall.
With no idea what’s on the ground
You daren’t chance to fall.
An eerie shriek comes from your right,
“Protect me Lord!” you pray.
Terrified, you hurry left
But something blocks your way.
Stumbling back, no choice of path
You shed an unseen tear.
The tunnel walls constrict on you,
An agoraphobic fear.
You have to stoop to progress on.
Where will this tunnel end?
The words, “BE SURE!” run through your brain,
You should have turned back then.
Suddenly, the ground gives way,
The path just disappears.
You plunge into a deep abyss,
The Cavern of All Fears.
John Hansen © 2016
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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