The Poem of Our Lives

Poem of Our Lives
Poem of Life


Yesterday is in the past,

Today is here and now,

Tomorrow’s promise still to come,

We need to dream somehow.


We cannot change the things we’ve done,

But learn from our mistakes.

Then put in practice lessons learned,

Our future is at stake.


Sometimes troubles come our way

And fill our hearts with dread,

But if we’re strong and persevere

We’ll always get ahead.


We’ve loved and travelled, laughed and cried,

Grieved when loved ones died.

So, celebrate the present time,

Face destiny with pride.


Optimism is the word

That needs to fill our minds.

Do not dwell on yesterday,

Just leave the past behind.


Love your family and your friends,

Show everyone respect.

Do not judge on race or sex,

And prayers do not neglect.


We must set goals that challenge us,

To strive and yearn for more.

Then tick each one off as they’re done,

And in success, we roar!


Our future is not preordained,

Though fate, it plays a part,

And anything is possible

With an honest loving heart.


by John Hansen

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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 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.

2 thoughts on “The Poem of Our Lives

  • August 15, 2021 at 6:16 AM

    Thank you for reading this, Jamie. I am glad it helped to pick you up and motivate you. Take care.


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