Contradictions and Oxymorons

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Contradictions and Oxymorons

Life is Full of Contradictions

Anyone that has lived a reasonable amount of years on this Earth, will know by now that life, and people, are full of contradictions. People are constantly making statements in public and then doing the exact opposite themselves in private, or vice versa.

Governments make a law preventing people from doing certain things but do “that very thing“ in secret deals with other countries or big business, hopefully without the public knowing.

These poems are my attempt to highlight some things in life that can fall under the label “contradictions or oxymorons.”

Contradictions

Fast food

Slow lanes

Dismal thoughts

Bright ideas

False truths

True lies

Happy meals

Angry birds

Half full

Fully empty

Passive agressive

Civil war

Dark days

Lightweights

Hard drives

Soft landings

Hearts are broken

Eyes are fixed.

Punchdrunk

Stone-cold sober

Everything’s a contradiction

But love endures.

A Walking Contradiction

I’m a walking contradiction

A talking drug addiction.

I’m no expert at good diction

But I like to write short fiction.

And always show conviction

Despite life’s constant friction.

Many creatures face extinction

As portrayed in movie depictions,

Of rented house evictions.

Oh, what a dereliction!

© 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 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.

15 thoughts on “Contradictions and Oxymorons

  • October 29, 2021 at 11:00 PM
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    Very interesting and creative piece, John. You bring up some phrases we rarely think of as oxymorons. The contradictions are always there in life, especially in politics. Great work – and your rhyme scheme in the second poem shows your masterful word skills. Well done.

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  • October 29, 2021 at 11:00 PM
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    Very interesting and creative piece, John. You bring up some phrases we rarely think of as oxymorons. The contradictions are always there in life, especially in politics. Great work – and your rhyme scheme in the second poem shows your masterful word skills. Well done.

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  • October 29, 2021 at 11:01 PM
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    Very interesting and creative piece, John. I enjoyed the poems. You bring up some phrases we rarely think of as oxymorons. The contradictions are always there in life, especially in politics. Great work – and your rhyme scheme in the second poem shows your masterful word skills. Well done.

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  • October 29, 2021 at 11:29 PM
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    Thank you Phyllis. I greatly appreciate all three of your comments…haha.

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  • October 31, 2021 at 6:47 AM
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    There is nothing Happy about those Happy Meals that is for sure! What fun! Thank you John. Jamie

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  • November 2, 2021 at 2:09 AM
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    Haha I certainly agree with that, Jamie. Thank you for reading.

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  • November 4, 2021 at 11:06 AM
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    Nice idea John. Fast food ha. Not at the McDonald’s I go to. Lol. You are 100% right Government is the ultimate contradiction do for thee but not for me. Excellent work John.

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    • November 5, 2021 at 6:01 AM
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      Thanks John, been absent for too long. I’m trying to get the drive to write back. Been stuck in a rut for too long

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  • November 12, 2021 at 7:59 AM
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    Creative and inspiring, John. I like the optimism at the end of the first one.
    Your poetry climbs higher and higher each time I read it. Brill!
    Ann

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  • November 12, 2021 at 8:30 AM
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    Hello Ann. Thank you for such an encouraging comment. I like to think I am improving all the time. All the best to you.

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