Tell Me, Where Do You Go To…?

Tell Me..

Tell Me Where Do You Go To…?

Tell me, where do you go to

when you’re alone in your head?

How do you know what’s important

to achieve within your good stead?


Take opportunities presented-

try everything once if you can.

Don’t let dreams pass by because it’s too hard,

because adversity makes you a man.


Contemplate both the good and the bad,

prioritize, study, and plan.

Try to solve puzzles that challenge the mind,

don’t be just a flash in the pan.


Some people travel life’s journey

with no destination in mind.

Fortune may make some successful,

but others are left far behind.


Don’t criticize people’s intentions-

if you’re sinful, hold onto those stones.

Keep skeletons locked in the closet-

try not to disturb their bleached bones.


If you are accepting and honest,

and are pure and noble of heart,

You will overcome all of your worries-

when lives finish new ones will start.


Sometimes you may get tired and weary.

Try your best, but rest when you must.

Slow and steady is better than no real attempt-

and your effort will win people’s trust.


Just do what you know is important,

“common sense” is not common at all.

Let your heart and your brain work together-

as a team, they will make the right call.


by John Hansen © 2021


Today’s World

When I talk about today’s world, I don’t know where to start. Well, I guess the first thing mentioned has to be the pandemic and how it affects almost everything else in life, both locally and abroad. With sickness, death, lock-downs, restrictions, protests it is impossible to avoid.

Sometimes we just have to sit and reflect and try to think about what is really important in our lives and sort out our priorities. Only worry about the things that we can have control over, and hope and pray those beyond our scope eventually work out for the best. Each of us needs to concentrate on being the best person he or she can be in this troubled world.



John Hansen
Follow me
Latest posts by John Hansen (see all)

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. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction, and thoroughly enjoying this, especially flash fiction. I have been fortunate to have two poems 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. 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 are 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.

14 thoughts on “Tell Me, Where Do You Go To…?

  • November 21, 2021 at 7:55 PM

    That last stanza says it all common sense is no longer common in this crazy world. Nice introspective piece John leaves one to think about their own actions. Good work..

  • November 21, 2021 at 8:11 PM

    Thank you for reading this poem, Paul. This is the craziest I can remember the world ever being and I have been around more than a few years now. I am glad my words made you pause to contemplate. Take care.

  • November 22, 2021 at 2:46 PM

    “Tell me, where do you go to when you’re alone in your head? Well me…I go to read this Poem over and over again! The words put together in this Poetry work helps to motivate me through these ‘trying” times that you mention at the End of your Poem. John, Great Read! Slow and steady…tired and weary…(that sounds like me)…and I will overcome. Very straight forward good “common sense” thinking, yet uplifting.

  • November 22, 2021 at 4:09 PM

    Hi Steve,
    Thank you for the encouraging comment. I am glad you found this poem uplifting and motivating. Sometimes keeping the message simple is the best way to make it affective. Read as many times as you like, and have a great week.

    • March 16, 2022 at 5:56 AM

      So many great and wise words of advice in this poem, John. It can be difficult to deal with things at times, but having good and wise friends like you helps to make life easier. 🙂

      I loved these lines:

      “Don’t criticize people’s intentions-

      if you’re sinful, hold onto those stones.

      Keep skeletons locked in the closet-

      try not to disturb their bleached bones.”

      Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful poem.

      Blessings always!! 🙂

      • March 16, 2022 at 6:12 AM

        Misbah, I am glad you found these to be wise and beautiful words. I am also pleased that you can relate and take something important from this poem. Take care always.

  • March 16, 2022 at 2:23 PM

    Reminds me of the Peter Sarstedt song ‘Where do you go to my lovely,….’
    Common sense certainly isn’t common, especially amongst the high-fliers and politicians, I find! What a shame!
    Good phraseology and choice of words. You’ve given us plenty of food for thought which is what we need in this, as you say, crazy world. Someone needs to keep a level head!

  • March 16, 2022 at 3:41 PM

    Hello Ann, actually I was thinking of the song “Where Do You Go To My Lovely” when I wrote this. So glad you liked the phraseology and found my insights food for thought. Have a great day.

Leave a Reply

By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

Our cookie settings are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. By continuing to browse this website you are accepting our cookie policy.