Beneath Your Skin, a Poem to Inspire

Updated on July 18, 2018
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John is a Christian but feels that all religions have both positives and negatives. He prefers to live by his own code of ethics.

Beneath Your Skin
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Why Am I Preaching?

I don't know what's come over me lately. I feel like a lot of my writing may be seen as preaching. Admittedly, I am usually trying to promote some life message through my poetry but it usually is subtlely disguised and not as open and obvious as this poem.

I'm really not trying to invade Eric's niche of sermons. I'll leave that to him as he is much better at it than I am. For some reason though, I find my muse (or higher power) prompting me to write this, so who am I to argue? I hope someone who needs this message is also prompted to read it.

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Good or Evil? It's your choice.
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Beneath Your Skin

I sit here contemplating life.

I'm sure I bore my darling wife.

So many things in history past,

I've come to see the truth at last.


No matter what we've done before

You can't go back through a locked door.

To change the past is not a choice

So what's the point of making noise?


Just live the present as you can

And try to be a better man.

The future will depend on you

So be forthright in all you do.


Learn from the past and your mistakes,

Real common sense is all it takes.

Make changes where they are required,

True dedication is admired.


Remember those who have inspired,

Who helped when you were sad or tired.

They picked you up when you fell down

And made you smile instead of frown.


The seeds of doubt come from within

But make sure you don't let them win.

Look straight ahead to what you seek,

The putrid smell of satan reeks.


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Take everything that he can throw,

He's a weak and cowardly foe.

When God is watching over you,

There's nothing that you cannot do.


Be confident and don't back down,

You're satan's victor, not his clown.

Do good deeds and don't be cruel,

And be a wise man, not a fool.


Treat your family with respect,

Don't ever show your kids neglect.

Resist the pushers peddling sin,

Don't let them get 'beneath your skin.'


Whatever you believe or not

I hope this puts you on the spot.

Always choose good over evil,

It isn't cool to be the devil.

Good vs Evil
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Author's Note

Once again, this poem was inspired by the title of a novel in my bookcase. This time it was 'Beneath the Skin' by Nicci French. It's a great psychological thriller, but believe me, the content didn't inspire this poem ... or maybe it did! To choose good over evil.

Here is what Harpers & Queen had to say about it:

"Cancel all appointments and unplug the phone. Once started, you will do nothing until you finish this thriller."

I can recommend it too, it's edge of the seat stuff.

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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Larry. Your reading and comments are always appreciated.

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        Larry Rankin 

        3 weeks ago from Oklahoma

        Under my thumb:-)

        Great read.

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        John Hansen 

        3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hello Tim, thank you for reading another of my scribblings :) I felt it was a worthy remnder message to share. Our values sometimes seem too easy to forget.

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        Tim Truzy 

        3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

        Excellent, John. The message is one worth repeating in a time where we have tended to forget our values as people who love God and as democracies. Powerful, clear, well written. It's worth a reread.

        Thanks again.

        Much respect,

        Sincerely,

        Tim

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi jwmurph. Thanks for reading this and your kind comment. I appreciate it.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Nithya. Your positive comment is much appreciated.

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        jwmurph 

        4 weeks ago from Tennessee

        Nice statement of a positive life philosophy,,,thank you

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        Nithya Venkat 

        4 weeks ago from Dubai

        A wonderful inspirational poem and the best way to tackle life head on.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Genna, ou are right tha we never know when our muse will strike. Glad you liked this and, yes, I am sure you will enjoy that novel.

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        Genna East 

        4 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Inspiration can visit us from so many unexpected places and moments. The muse whispers in the ear; taps us on the shoulder; paints our corner visions with a moment of light -- often as brief as a nanosecond. I'm glad this one found you -- that is a wonderful poem, John. And thank you for the referral to the French novel. I love page turners that seize the imagination.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you as always MsDora. Glad you found it a worthy message in this poem. Blessings.

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        Dora Weithers 

        4 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        Thanks for following the promptings of your Muse. Great message-one we need today, and expertly presented.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Sean. I appreciate that.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Flourish. Yes temptation is everywhere.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        4 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

        I love your code of ethics, my brother, John. I liked the simplicity in the wisdom you shared by those verses.

        Admiration!

        Sean

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        FlourishAnyway 

        4 weeks ago from USA

        There’s certainly enough out there to tempt people. Your poem sermon is a good reminder to do the right thing.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you bro, always great to hear from you and thank you for the encouragement and confirmation.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Diana, I am so glad this piece proved inspirational for you. I do believe we are often directed subconsciously to read things that have the message we are looking for at the time. It happens to me quite often. I sincerely hope your spirits lift and you get the needed motivation. Blessings.

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        manatita44 

        4 weeks ago from london

        Some book!

        Great poetry and necessary message. We tend to feel better when we serve in this way. When we can see humanity as our brothers and sisters, then there is no preaching, as Love is there.

        An inspirational piece!

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        Diana L Pierce 

        4 weeks ago from Potter County, Pa.

        I was happy to find one of your poems in my news feed this morning. I surely need a lift of spirits. As I am still fighting a mound of clutter both in my emotions as well as my house, I appreciate any inspiration to get me in a mood to get off my behind and do something about it. I know I am blessed. A helpful reminder never hurts. The good Lord willing, I will escape this rut and perhaps get back to doing the things I love as well as the things I need to be doing. Thanks old friend.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Mark. Glad you liked the title of this poem. I think a lot of us a wise fools at times.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Venkat. I think you captured the essence to life n your wise comment. Thank you for reading.

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        Mark Tulin 

        4 weeks ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Great title for this poem. I think i’m more of a wise fool, though. Not complaining.

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        Venkatachari M 

        4 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

        Very inspiring poem. Learn from the past mistakes and move on towards the brighter future doing your present deeds wisely and with good intentions. I think this is the essence of it all.

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        Paula 

        4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Thanks, Jodah.....but the "new" pic is about 7 yrs old. If you'll notice that partial head on my shoulder.....it's my husband, who was so interested in what our friends and I were discussing, he fell into a deep (snoring included!) sleep while resting his weary head on my back. We laughed like hell and his brother recorded his SNORE for future entertainment. (Just a brotherly-love thing, I guess)

        I must give you a slightly incorrect impression.....I can be frightened by certain dark stories...and more so since I'm alone in this house. I am infamous for my habit of being startled by the slightest sudden sound or movement. I jump, scream and drop things! Mean bullies have been known to sneak up on me for the purpose of seeing me FREAK! Sounds like we have an awful lot of cruel associates! Come to think of it we do!! LOL.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        You are welcome, Cynthia. I am glad you could relate spiritually and found this inspiring. Thank you.

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        Cynthia 

        4 weeks ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

        Jodah, the audio really did fit with the poem. I appear to be in a similar place to you, spiritually; that is, synthesizing my own beliefs from a variety of sources through life to "choose good over evil." Thanks for the inspiration!

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Linda, thanks for reading. Yep, that's the basic message.. choose good over evil. Cheers.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks for the heads up, Paula. Glad you enjoyed the read. Oh, great new profile pic by the way. Yes, I think the book is a safe read. I get the impression you don't scare too easily. No guarantees though...lol. Have a great day.

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        Linda Crampton 

        4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        Choosing good over evil is always a worthy goal. Thanks for reminding us in this interesting poem, John.

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        Paula 

        4 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Jodah....Simply LOVE this.....however you were inspired to write it, I'm grateful you did.....the music's a bit spooky to me! LOL.....but the bongos are cool. Ya think it will be safe for an old lady who lives alone in an older home, secluded from neighbors, to read the book you recommend? What if it scares the BeJeebers out of me??? LOL

        You needn't worry about being "preachy." I think everyone knows your heart & your muse work in sync.....Peace, Paula

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        jwmurph, thank you so much for reading and for your positive comment.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Wow, Dana, you said the same thing in just a few words :) Thanks for reading.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, MizB (nice new pic by the way). I'm happy to hear that the second and third verses resonated in some way, but yes, we do all have our own truths shaped by our cultures or societies we grow up in. Glad you liked the music too.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Eric, I was interested to read your comments on this one :) Thanks for endorsing my brand of preaching lol. I think maybe your wise words are rubbing off on me.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Mike, thanks for reading my Thursday Sermon lol. Yes, what good are my thoughts if I don't write them down :)? Cheers.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi, Linda. Thanks for the confirmation that I wasn't being too 'preachy' here. If we as writers can put pen to paper I feel we should try to be as uplifting as possible the majority of the time. If others are reading what we write why not try to encourage and motivate them to be better people. I'm sure you will enjoy the Nicci French novel also. Blessings.

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        jwmurph 

        4 weeks ago from Tennessee

        a good philosophy of life,,,positive

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        Dana Tate 

        4 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

        Nice message. Let the mistakes of yesterday build a stronger tomorrow.

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 

        4 weeks ago

        Very skillfully written poem, John. The second and third verses especially contain so much wisdom. All religions contain some truth, or so I've been told. What is truth? I don't know but I do know that it is in the eye of the beholder, just like beauty and sin. We all have our truths. The acoustic is a nice touch, something nice to meditate by, turned down low, of course.

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        Eric Dierker 

        4 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Well now we have one that is graceful, fun and beautiful. You never cease to be amazing. My preacher mentor who had been both a Navy surgeon and a chaplain. Said "Eric you put it out there, and let our friends preach to themselves - far better job than we could do" I like your brand of preaching or peachy as they say.

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        mckbirdbks 

        4 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello John - It's not Sunday. haha You contemplate life and then write a poem for our amusement.

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        Linda Lum 

        4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

        John, this wasn't preachy at all. Just good common sense. Coulda/woulda/shoulda is a meaningless exercise. We can't turn back time any more than we can put toothpaste back in the tube.

        Thank you for a wonderful, uplifting message.

        And, thank you for another title to add to my "to-read-list." Especially when winter sets in, I'm always looking for a good book to enjoy by the fireplace.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey, Shauna. thank you so much. Yes, check the book out. I love anything by Nicci French (the author is actually two people..husband and wife I think). A couple of the novels have been made into movies.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        4 weeks ago from Central Florida

        Spot on, John! Your words should be everyone's guiding force. I'll have to look into the book that inspired you to write this poem. I love a good thriller!

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Chitrangada, I always value your comments. I am glad you feel most readers can relate and that the poem is inspirational.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        I appreciate that, Bill. I never really thought of myself as a preacher. Cheers.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Mary. I guess we all need reminders now and then to get back on track.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

        This is truly inspirational and I can relate to it. I think many readers can.

        I believe, every creative piece does have an important message, and they should have.

        Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem!

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        Bill Holland 

        4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

        No preaching at all....reflections of an active, intelligent mind...that's more like it, and I like it.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Frank. Much appreciated as always.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you ps, for saying it doesn't sound preachy. I'm glad you support my thoughts. thanks for the angels too.

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        Mary Norton 

        4 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

        The future is there for us to shape and do well in the present moment. This is all that matters. A preaching once in a while hits home.

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Charmaine. Yes, we need to live in the now and try not to look back.

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        Frank Atanacio 

        4 weeks ago from Shelton

        the seeds of doubt.. yeah love that line as much as I did the poem itself.. awesome poetry my friend...:)

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        Patricia Scott 

        4 weeks ago from sunny Florida

        Absolutely...we cannot go back through that door that is past...cannot unring the bell but we can make today a better day in every way for others. This does not seem preachy to me...it just seems the words of someone who is contemplating life and sharing those thoughts....well said. Angels are on the way this morning ps

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        Threekeys 

        4 weeks ago from Australia

        Reading this poem made my mind drift to what was espoused as a way to live or a way to aspire to is no longer functional or relevant. "Care , community and connection is needed together with consent not extraction and force".

        We need to leap now.

        Lovely poem of encouragement to keep not looking back through the keyhole of life but to stay in the now as much as we can. Cheers John

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        John Hansen 

        4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Rinita...religion and politics are two topics I will never debate. I think everyone should be free to believe what they want and what their background dictates. I think basically most people want the same thing to live a happy, healthy life and be kind to their fellow men.

        I am so glad that this was inspirational and helpful to you on a personal level. That is the hope I had when I wrote it.

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        Rinita Sen 

        4 weeks ago

        Only you could have switched from a blowfly poem to this in a span of two days. I don't want to get into any religious debate, those debates have done more harm than good. I will just say that this poem (especially the first few stanzas about moving on from the past) struck a personal chord. I am guilty of not being able to leave the past behind (trying to get back through locked doors), and this shows up as a recurring theme in my poetry as well. So I guess I am trying to say thanks for these inspirational lines.

        The acoustic was a fine choice!

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