Sometimes I feel invisible,
A Nowhere Man, I don’t exist.
Such thoughts may be unfounded,
But these feelings still persist.
I rarely take the leading role,
Or stand out in the crowd.
I’d rather converse quietly
Than shout my case out loud.
When I first began to write
For years I wasn’t read.
Perceived literary ability
Was purely in my head.
As the volume of my work increased
My online presence slowly grew.
People began to read my poems,
Short stories, essays too.
When involved in group discussion
My voice is rarely heard,
Others often cut me off,
But not so the written word.
Writing helps me voice my thoughts,
Get my message to the world.
Say the things I’d never speak,
To every man, woman, boy, and girl.
Sometimes I cannot find the words,
They don’t roll off my tongue.
But when I take a pen in hand,
The pendulum has swung.
I still feel like a Nowhere Man
In public or in a crowd.
But being called “a writer”
Makes me extremely proud.
by 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.