We Can be Heroes

We Can be HeroesWe Can be Heroes

What is important in your life,

Your family, job, or health?

Success, respect, or happiness,

Or maybe untold wealth?


Do you love your fellow man

Whatever race or creed?

Do you try to do what’s right,

Like, give to those in need?


Sometimes we need to take a stand,

To think outside the box.

Go where no man’s gone before,

Remove the chains and locks.


Most of us have steady jobs,

Working nine to five.

Security is what we seek.

Just go on with our lives.


But now you need to take a chance,

To risk life on a hunch.

Be daring and do something new,

Give life a bit more punch.


Change is sometimes frightening,

We stick to what we know.

But it really is inevitable

Stop going with the flow.


We need to act like heroes

Not follow blindly what we’re told

If we’re to shape tomorrow’s world,

Do something new and bold.


Our culture needs upheaval

So society can grow.

Be the light of a new dawn,

Let others see your glow.


Be brave and take the path unwalked,

Speak of the things unsaid,

Write about injustices,

Pave the way ahead.


The artist makes his first brush stroke

On a canvas white and bare.

A masterpiece awaits his touch,

He must paint without a care.


A writer’s words are powerful

But often the truth’s concealed.

He needs to show great courage,

And let secrets be revealed.


Teachers have unbridled power

To change our future world.

They mould and shape the active minds

Of every boy and girl.


So be the diamond in the rough.

Bravely take the lead,

Do what no one’s ever done.

You are the change we need.


From little things, big things grow,

Are words you should embrace.

Hand in hand and step by step,

We’ll create a better place.


Tackle tasks that can’t be done,

Stand out from the crowd.

We can be heroes,

In a society of cowards.


by John Hansen © 2016



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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.

11 thoughts on “We Can be Heroes

  • April 8, 2018 at 2:32 AM

    Fantastic piece, John. The older I get the more I see how important love and kindness is, yet I also see we need to step out, be bold and make the right changes in this world. Great work John.

  • April 8, 2018 at 2:43 AM

    Phyllis, thank you for that lovely comment. Yes, it is easy to show love and kindness, but getting out there and taking risks to make a difference is a little more difficult.

    • April 8, 2018 at 10:41 PM

      Thank you, Rasma. Yes, they do need to reach out and work together.

  • April 8, 2018 at 2:22 PM

    Sadly we do not teach this generation that hero’s are real folks and not in comic books or something you flash across the big screen – we need to teach them the values that we were taught as youngsters. Nicely done John.

  • April 8, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Sadly we do not teach this generation that hero’s are real folks and not in comic books or something you flash across the big screen – we need to teach them the values that we were taught as youngsters. Nicely done John.

    • April 8, 2018 at 10:43 PM

      Kurt, you hit the nail on the head. We all have the hero gene inside us, we just have to put it into action.

  • April 8, 2018 at 7:19 PM

    So true, John, those of us who risk to live outside the accepted norm may appear odd and the 9-5ers will never understand. Risk is a part of life and without it, we would remain stagnant. Nicely penned my friend. Cheers!

    • April 8, 2018 at 10:46 PM

      Tony, that is so true. If no one took a risk in life there would never be any progress or improvement.

  • April 8, 2018 at 8:56 PM

    Well someone needs to or we will be driven into the ground. I feel like the whole hero thing has to start at home. Be a hero to my kids, my first task each new week. Then society comes next. Nice piece John. Very crisp, relevant, and great rhyming as well.

  • April 8, 2018 at 10:52 PM

    Exactly, Paul. We all need to be heroes at home and let our children understand that you don’t need superpowers. Then let them follow the example and change society for the better.


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