A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to…

A Funny Thing Happened …

a funny thing happened on the way to…

A funny thing happened on the way to the Creative Exiles.

I tried to sign in to the Creative Exiles as an author recently but kept getting a 403 error message saying I was not allowed access. So, although I have been able to read posts and comment as a visitor I haven’t been able to publish anything here.

Well, now I can! This mish-mash of silly poems is the result.

A poem about forgetfulness

I’ve Lost…I Can’t Find…Where Is?

I cannot find my glasses,

I had them on last night.

It may be no big deal to you

But I need them for sight.


I cannot find my glasses,

I’ve searched both high and low.

Confused I start to scratch my head –

Oh! … Where they were you’ll never know.


My keys, my keys, where are my keys?

I really need them now!

I’ve looked in every place on Earth,

Desert sands and Arctic snow.


How can they go missing

When I hang them ’round my neck?

Perhaps I’ll look in one more place –

Oh!…found them … what the heck?


A poem where the first and last letters of each line rhyme

A Place So Far Away

They sailed to a place so far away

In a boat made of wood and tin.

Around the Cape and past the Sound,

Rough the seas, but the men were tough.

There, all the natives had dark fuzzy hair,

Skin tanned and their bodies so thin.

Money no value, they barter in honey,

And shells that they find on the sand.

Food was shared, and the crew found it good,

Dance told a tale of romance.

Leaving was sad and some are still grieving,

Though it’s back to the home that they know.


Nothing to say about this next one

Smelly Sneakers

I wear my sneakers everywhere,

They’re rarely off my feet,

Whether it is pouring rain

Or in the sweltering heat.

I don’t have time to wash them

And wait for them to dry,

So I just wear them as they are.

I’m always on the fly.

I know they’re getting smelly,

And everybody knows,

But thankfully they’re on my feet

And a long way from my nose.


This poem follows the rhyme scheme: ABCDDCBA

This is That and That is This

This is that

And that is this,

But what’s there

Is not here,

And so I fear

It must be where

Dr.Seuss left his

Cat in the Hat.


Limericks About Love .. Well Sort Of

Elevator Dater

I met her in an elevator,

I asked if I could date her.

She didn’t speak,

Just gave a small squeak

As I pulled out the plug to deflate her.

Love Dove

The perfect symbol of love

Is the snow-white dove.

The dove said, “coo-coo,”

But before it was through

An eagle swooped down from above.


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. 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.

9 thoughts on “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to…

  • July 23, 2020 at 8:46 AM

    At first I thought this was about Burning Man…lol…fun and enjoyable John. Jamie

  • July 23, 2020 at 9:45 AM

    Delightful work and so fun to read. Good job on rhymes and phrases that create imagery. Well done, John.

    Glad you got the 403 taken care of – cannot risk missing your great work. Take care.

  • July 23, 2020 at 9:57 AM

    Hey Phyllis, thank you so much. Yes, that was a relief. The link also allowed me to access the site on my iPad and Safari which I haven’t been able to for ages.

    • July 23, 2020 at 1:21 PM

      You are welcome. That’s great, John. A lot of us have gotten the 403 msg and Ralph gave me that link to help others. You should be able to login with your normal way from now on.

  • July 25, 2020 at 10:05 AM

    Nice work John I like the different styles with different rhyming patterns. Great work.

  • August 24, 2020 at 6:09 PM

    Great work there John. Enjoyed every line – you are the master….

  • August 24, 2020 at 6:32 PM

    Thank you Kurt. I appreciate it. Glad you enjoyed.


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