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Falling From Heaven, a Poem

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

Falling From Heaven

No matter what I do or say

Someone else will find a way

To turn each paragraph around

And run my words into the ground.


So, even though the thought is there

I turn my head up in despair,

For my attempts to do what's right

Still have the clout to cause a fight.


Repentance is a funny thing,

How long is a piece of string?

Ask forgiveness for your sins,

Embrace the good and love within.


Forgive your past mistakes but learn,

Or along the road to Hell, you'll turn.

These feelings that I know are real

Keep me on an even keel.


Don't take misfortune lying down,

Stand up tall and take a bow.

Be truthful, kind, and show goodwill,

You'll always scale the highest hill.


Resist who tries to pull you down,

They're just a bunch of Satan's clowns.

For you are stronger than your foes,

Their efforts wasted trading blows.


Strive to be the best you can,

Girl or boy, woman or man.

We only get one chance at life

So, try avoiding war and strife.


But, even when we've done good deeds,

Cared for others' basic needs,

Reached the age four score and seven,

It's not too late to fall from Heaven.

© 2019 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 12, 2019:

Hello Lorna. Thank you very much for reading this and for your kind comment. Nice to meet you.

Lorna Lamon on April 12, 2019:

Great poem about life and forgiving yourself for your mistakes along the way. I'm now a fan.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2019:

I always appreciate your comments Lawrence, and I am glad you find my poetry thought-provoking and understand my train of thought.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on January 30, 2019:

John

As always, there's so much to think on here.

"Though you reach

four score and seven

it's not too late

to fall from Heaven"

I get what you're getting at.

Blessings

Lawrence

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 14, 2019:

Thank you very much, Alyssa.

Alyssa from Ohio on January 14, 2019:

A great message! I love this poem! :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 12, 2019:

Thank you Rajan. Yes only one life make the most of it.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 12, 2019:

John, I love the motivation in your poem to remain positive in all situations and move ahead. After all, we have just one life to live and love.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 11, 2019:

thank you Li-Jen. Whenever I feel frustrated or something is getting to me I feel the best solution is to write it down and turn it into poetry or something. It is usually therapeutic and hopefully can help others too.

Li-Jen Hew on January 11, 2019:

Hey Jodah, I like how you turn frustration into something positive like making a poem. To write it down is a kind reminder to readers to follow your example. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 09, 2019:

Thank you for sharing that Mary. Sometimes we have to revisit our past to seek, or give, forgiveness or closure due to certain events. I am glad you were able to.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 09, 2019:

How true and yet, there is forgiveness and repentance. I went to revisit some of my past in the New Year and I was glad I did. To connect again and feel loved and accepted even when one has fallen from heaven is a very humbling and healing experience.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 08, 2019:

Yes, Elijah, you are right there. I should have made that "Forgive your past mistakes but learn" and I will probably change that. I appreciate your feedback always. Peace and a joyous New Year to you also.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on January 08, 2019:

Well written, John, but based on my "world view" a few of your statements could be more wholistic.

One in particular is "Forget you past mistakes but learn." Rather than forgetting past happenings I say "remember your past doings and learn," or something along that line, because if we forget the event we are unable to remember there lessons.

Peace and a joyous New Year to you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 06, 2019:

Thank you Liz. I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 06, 2019:

This is a thought-provoking poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 05, 2019:

Yes, Devika that is exactly it. Ignore the bad and do what you think is right.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 05, 2019:

Meaningful and so true. You shouldn't let others make you feel down. Be who you are and forget the bad stuff.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 04, 2019:

Thank you Nell. No they won't...not me. I appreciate you reading and enjoying this.

Nell Rose from England on January 04, 2019:

I love it, John! Never let them get ya down! Happy New Year!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2019:

Thank you so much, Shyron. Blessings to you also.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 03, 2019:

John, this is awesome. I love your message of forgiveness and love.

Blessings always my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2019:

Hi Paul, thanks for coming back. No, thankfully this wasn't about TCE either. There have been incidents there, but they are long past and everyone there now seems to get on well. It was another site that shall remain nameless lol.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2019:

Thank you Shauna. I used to have trouble ignoring the trolls but I am getting better at shrugging them off and treating what they say as a joke rather than take it seriously. I just had to write this to help that process.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2019:

Always a pleasure to have you read my work and to receive your comment,Rinita. I wish you an amazing New Year as well.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2019:

PoetikalyAnointed, in my nine years here I have had only two nasty feedbacks (and both by the same person) so I can't complain about that. But you are right that some only offer negative feedback to gain notoriety or get you angry. Thanks for sharing.

Paul Neglia from Poughkeepsie, NY USA on January 02, 2019:

I hope this wasnt about TCE, John. i just read this was brought about because of a different site you were on.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 02, 2019:

Powerful words, John! Ignore those who try to drag you down to their level. Let them learn to rise as you have, my friend.

Rinita Sen on January 02, 2019:

Great poem to start the new year with, John. Hope you have a wonderful 2019, my friend.

PoetikalyAnointed on January 02, 2019:

That's Great to hear, John. My bad for making such an assumption. It's still sad that it had to be written.

I've had the unfortunate.experience of receiving spam feedback and down right cruel feedback on here. I obviously didn't approve any of them. The person who used their words so offensively seems to get off on doing so. They seem to offer feedback just to see their name on the screen sometimes. No need to out them for they know who they are.

Peace

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2019:

Thank you Eric. Most poetry does need to be read more than once and recited out loud for full appreciation.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 02, 2019:

John I am such a taskmaster. The first time was a lot about learning new words. This second time flowed with ease and the bounce and bubble and rhyme. We like to polish stones. We are learning to polish poetry. Good day on you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2019:

I think that is the perfect New Year resolution Dana. I am sure you can achieve it. Yes, then everything will fall into place.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2019:

Thank you Flourish. Let’s call the antagonists trolls shall we. They used to get to me more but I am getting better at dealing with them. Writing about it always helps.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2019:

Hey PoeticallyAnointed. Glad you enjoyed reading this. Let me say the incidents that inspired this did not occur on HubPages but another site I belong to. I have had nothing but positive feedback here :) but yes writing is very therapeutic for me.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2019:

Sean, brother, thank you for the kind words. It humbles me that your boys enjoy reading what I write and I hope my words impart a positive message. Yes, there are a few things hidden in this one or behind it but questions are always welcome. If I can provide the answers I will.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2019:

Thanks manatita. I seem to have been directed to write this type of poem lately. I guess a higher power wants me to spread a message. So, how can I refuse?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2019:

No one is perfect Kim, and I too fail more than I’d like, but keep trying to do better. Blessings my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2019:

Oh Linda...how I appreciate that reset button. All we can do is try our best to be as good as we can. Thank you my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2019:

Hey Eric. Tell Gabe “Thanks Nephew” lol.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on January 01, 2019:

I couldn't have said it better myself. I only made one promise this year.

1: To love more and worry less.

If I can accomplish that, everything else should fall into place.

Happy New Year!

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 01, 2019:

Never let the buggers get you down. Whatever motivated this poem let it roll off and don’t internalize it.

PoetikalyAnointed on January 01, 2019:

Awesome read, John!

It's a shame that we have to write Hubs about the negative goings-on here. I know some of us write for therapeutic reasons and matters addressed in your piece defeats the purpose.

Keep your head!

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on January 01, 2019:

I wish you a blissful year, full of Love, my Brother John!

I want to say so many things to you; I know that we could talk for hours! But... Anyway, I love the way your Heart is writing poetry, and I wish many people could read your poems. My boys love them. This one leaves me with some questions though. I will work on it, and maybe I 'll come again to ask you some things!

Love lives in both Heaven and hell, and the distance between is just a choice!

My Love embraces you and all your readers, and I wish you to make every day the best ever!

Sean

manatita44 from london on January 01, 2019:

Great rhyming poem with a positive message. You have written a few like that lately. So refreshing! Praise be! Happy New Year, my Friend.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on January 01, 2019:

Yes! Very wise words poetically presented. I know I try hard, but do my share of failing. Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

Blessings Always,

Kim

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 01, 2019:

We only get one chance at life. True this. I know that every day I fail to do what is right and good, but each new day is another opportunity to set things right. God loves us so much that He gives us a reset button. In 60 decades I've amassed a large set of mulligans but we keep trying. Thanks for a timely reminder for this New Year.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 01, 2019:

Uncle John,i liked your poem. Thank You. ///

Yes that is from the boy. What a great way to start his New Year.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2019:

Thank you as always for a wonderful comment Ann. Yes, some people seem intent on twisting your words to suit some preconceived idea they have that nothing you say will change. Glad you liked the poem and a Happy and Joyous New Year to you and your family.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2019:

Eric my friend, maybe you were projecting what I needed to write..some sort of telekinesis maybe lol.

Glad I am in tune with your life and yes angst is best released through writing. Thanks for reading it with Gabe. This kind of poetry....apart from rhyming verse, or inspirational poetry, that's a good question.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2019:

Thanks Bill, I appreciate your friendship greatly also. Have a great New Year too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2019:

Hi Paul, I appreciate the kind comment. It's just a combination of a couple of things eating at me but they will soon pass. Glad you thought the lessons in the poem were worthwhile too.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 01, 2019:

Wise words here, John. I know what you mean about some people's ability to turn our words around; sad, really. It seems they are determined to cause strife regardless.

Great poem.

Wishing you a Happy New Year, John; may 2019 bring you happiness and good health!

Ann

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 01, 2019:

John you know I believe heaven is love here and now. So your words ran so in sync with my life it was like you had been staying over at my home for a week. Catharsis maybe? Maybe I project. Writing, mostly to be unseen releases any angst. And all my angst is in my pea brain.

And all my angels are like you.

/// What is this type of poetry called? And yes my boy and I will read this together today///

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 01, 2019:

Wishing you the Happiest of New Years, my friend. Thank you for your friendship. Peace and love for you always!

Paul Neglia from Poughkeepsie, NY USA on January 01, 2019:

Nice work John. A lot of good lessons in this one. Always learn from your mistakes, be kind, embrace the love within, be the best you can at everything, all great lessons to follow. I dont knownwhat is eating at you, but if you keep to the guidelines youve wrote, chances are you'll have a clear path to those pearly gates. Happy New Year my friend.