My laptop think it rules my life,
The iPad thinks so too,
My smartphone, maybe not so much,
But they command my time, it’s true.
Checking email, paying bills,
Messaging my friends,
Writing stories, essays, poems,
Or just surfing the Net.
Things have changed since I was young.
I spent my time outside,
On combat games, and riding bikes,
Or maybe chasing girls.
Then came work and much less play,
The grind of 9 to 5.
Computers slowly introduced
But their effect was nigh.
But gradually they overthrew
Most aspects of the work,
In my line, office clerk.
Now I’m retired from “normal” work
And choose to write online
The laptop is my tool of choice,
It’s turned on all the time.
The iPad’s used when I’m in bed,
Or if I’m not at home,
And maybe if it needs a charge
I resort to my smartphone.
Unless i’m in the garden,
Or cleaning out the shed
I’m joined to one of the above,
And it’s doing in my head.
I’m going to turn off the power
And shut the f…ing lid,
Take out a notebook and a pen
And write with that instead.
Oh, how wonderful this feels,
A travel back in time.
My handwriting is terrible!
In that I once took pride.
But, when I finish writing
I have no other option,
To publish what I wrote, online,
I need my tech addiction.
by John Hansen © 2019
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