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Hear the Night

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

  Edited with PicSArt

Edited with PicSArt

Hear the Night

A new day is dawning.

Sunbeams interrupt my sleep, my dreams.

I don’t welcome the sun …


There is something special about the night

I’m a nocturnal being …

by choice.


The night embraces me -

like a long lost friend

catching up after so long apart …


Or like a lover’s caress-

long and slow ...

arousing … awakening desires.


A sense of peace and tranquility

washes over me.

I feel free …alive…


The whole world seems more beautiful

and time stands still

when the lights are dim and distractions few.


The silence …

just me alone with the night …

It’s part of me - my soul.


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The silence is external …

there is music within.

It soothes and excites.


I can dance to my own tune,

at my own pace and beat …

and the sound is wonderful.


It’s like I can observe the world

… anonymously …

and time moves slow …


All chaos is forgotten,

the traffic and the crowds …

I meditate and smile.


The world is different when it’s mute,

in the silence,

so am I …


The night is me,

and I am the night …

no matter what the time.


Hear my silence echoing …

Hark!

Hear the Night!


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Explanation For the Poem

The poem ‘Hear the Night’ is actually the text for the voiceover of an advertisement I was asked to write for the ’Bose’ brand of noise cancelling headphones. The written text won’t appear anywhere else on the Internet but you may be lucky to see the ad at some stage when it is completed.

I would have included the rough cut video of the advertisement here, but I can’t due to privacy regulations. Instead I chose this song “Can You Hear the Night” by The Muttonheads.

© 2021 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 17, 2021:

Yes Vidya, I appreciate your kind comment, and yes I agree that the night is the best time for creativity especially writing.

VIDYA D SAGAR on April 17, 2021:

Congratulations on the advertising deal John. I loved the poem. The dark silent night can be very soothing and is the best time to let the creativity flow.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 17, 2021:

Thank you Flourish. Much appreciated.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 17, 2021:

Truly excellent.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 16, 2021:

Hi Marlene. I don’t have a Bose stereo either, but we all have the night. Thank you for reading and your kind comment.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on April 16, 2021:

I wish I had a Bose stereo. I don't, but I have the night! Your poem is beautiful.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 14, 2021:

Hi Shauna, it is great that you have a Bose stereo. The commercial will be either on TV or online. Hopefully, I will be notified when it is released.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 13, 2021:

Finally, this has shown up in my feed!

John, I think it's absolutely awesome that you've been chosen to write the copy for a Bose commercial. I have a Bose stereo at home and love it. It's a little power house! Is the commercial for the headphones going to be a radio spot or a TV ad? Please let us know when it goes live.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 11, 2021:

Thank you Mel. Nice to know that particular line caught your attention. Cheers.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on April 11, 2021:

"Hear my silence echoing" is a fantastic line. Congrats on your advertising gig.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2021:

Thank you Rasma. Yes, I also love the night and find most inspiration happens then.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2021:

Chrish, i am glad you enjoyed this poem and could relate to the feelings described. Yes, I will let you know if I decide to publish a book.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2021:

Thank you Flourish. Let’s hope the finished commercial gets aired in the not too distant future so we can see it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2021:

Ann, you interpretation of the poem was spot on. I know I can always relax more and think more clearly.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 10, 2021:

Wonderful verse and the night is when my muses started singing sometime after midnight, I have always loved the nighttime for me it inspires and brings out the best in me,

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 10, 2021:

I hope that ukiyo world will happen to visit in my dream,

Floating soul and away from the bothers of life. I will never wake up.

There are times too that I don't welcome the sun haha, so beautiful sir John. If your going to publish a book please let me know [wink] I'm going to sleep now with a hopeful heart. Blessings and I'm spreading lots of love to you and your family....

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 10, 2021:

Congratulations! What a neat use for the poem (which I liked). I sure wish I could see the finished product.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 10, 2021:

It's true that the night reveals lots more than we think, with the silence to digest it all. A clear night sky with no noise or light pollution is wonderful; it draws us in towards a massive void. That's what your poem evoked in me. Well written, with the rhythm of the night.

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2021:

Gyanendra, thank you for taking the time to read this and for your generous comment.

gyanendra mocktan from Kathmandu,Nepal on April 10, 2021:

John, Congratulation!! You have done the best work for your client. Some day we will be able watch the visual too.

Thank you

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 10, 2021:

Sorry to hear you are sick, Rosina. I hope it isn't serious and you feel better soon. thank you for finding time to read this. Just take your time in future.

Rosina S Khan on April 09, 2021:

John, I am a bit sick and my responses will be a bit late for now. I loved the poetry. It goes very deep. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Oh Audrey, you have me blushing lol. Thank you for your encouragement as always.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on April 09, 2021:

Your poetry never ceases to amaze me. Within your words, a symphony of emotions touches the heart of the reader. A treasure chest of talent!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Hello Chitrangada. In the advertisement everytime a young woman puts on the headphones it simulates the feeling of night....everything goes dark and slows, and if she removes them it becomes day with all the noise and hustle and bustle.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Thank you for reading, and the congratulations, Linda. Take care.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 09, 2021:

Beautiful thoughts expressed in your poem! The silence of the night says a lot--no chaos, and it's good for meditation too!

I am happy to know that this is for an advertisement! Wish you all the best and thanks for sharing this wonderful poem!

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 09, 2021:

Congratulations on the deal, John! I love your poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda. Yes, this project was something a little different for me, so it was interesting writing the words to fit the video as it played.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 09, 2021:

John,

Congratulations on that deal. It sounds quite interesting.

I can look for the commercial.

As for the poem...it's excellent.

I love this part

The night embraces me -

like a long lost friend

catching up after so long apart …

Thanks for sharing

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Thank you Farah. Great minds think alike. I just left a comment on your poem “The Time Chasers” at the same time. I am happy you enjoyed this.

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on April 09, 2021:

This is very impressive! Great work, John! Loved the poem and the concept of the advertisement. Would love to see it soon.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

It was fortunate you caught this just as you were shutting down for the day, Bill. I love the paying gigs that are fun or interesting to do. This was one of those.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Oh, Ms. Dora, Happy Birthday. Feel free to add this to your gratitude list. You were obviously meant to read it. Thanks for the congratulations too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Thank you, Devika. I like to hope my writing is improving all the time, so I appreciate you saying t(is is one of my best.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Thanks manatita, I will.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Hi Jan, good to see you. Thank you for your encouraging comment. I hope you get to see the advertisement at some stage.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 09, 2021:

Very cool, my friend. I love the paying gig, and you nailed it.

Have a great weekend. I almost missed this as I had shut down for the day, but I had to look something up on the internet and got lucky with your treat.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 09, 2021:

I find this very interesting, Jodah. I made a gratitude list as a part of my birthday celebration. It occurred to me on looking it over that I gave thanks for daylight but not for the night. Here you come, appreciating the night more beautifully than I ever could, but I feel that you did it for me. Thank you and CONGRATULATIONS on your Bose gig.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 09, 2021:

Hi Jodah this is another one of your best hubs and I so enjoyed reading your beautiful words.

manatita44 from london on April 09, 2021:

Yes, yes. Do some more! A silent and peaceful piece ... like stillness. haha.

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on April 09, 2021:

I love the way you gave life and perspective to the night, John. You became the night in all of its splendor. Beautifully written. Congrats on the gig. I will look out for it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Thank you for saying that, Peg. Yes, they did seem happy with it I am pleased to say.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 09, 2021:

The company must be pleased with what you wrote for their noise-canceling headphones. It is beautiful!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Hi Jamie. Thank you for the congratulations. I am glad you enjoyed this piece.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Thank you bro. Haha, I almost had you fooled. Just for something different I do try my hand at some freestyle poetry now and then. Not frequently I admit, but maybe I should do it more often. I am glad you enjoyed this.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 09, 2021:

Congratulations on the commercial and the enjoyable poetry. Jamie

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Ravi, I appreciate your more than generous comment. Thank you for reading and enjoying.

manatita44 from london on April 09, 2021:

Charming! I thought you were branching out into free-style for a moment. Lovely and impactful piece on Silence!

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 09, 2021:

This is really good John. The silence of the night and the stillness perfectly oozes out of this fabulous piece of work.Thanks for sharing this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela. It was a different but enjoyable experience writing the voiceover text for an ad. I hope to do more. The company seemed quite impressed and said they would use my services again.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Yes Mark. I think most poets observe the world that way. Thank you for reading, and take care.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 09, 2021:

Hi Misbah, you were quick to find this poem. I am so glad you enjoyed it and liked those particular lines. Blessings to you.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 09, 2021:

This is a terrific poem about the night, John. It is wonerful that you wrote this for an advertisement. It would bw nice to see your poem on the ad.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on April 09, 2021:

Wow.. this is cool.. I can too hear the night.. this is a wonderful poem. I enjoyed every single word. The company is lucky that they hired you.

I loved these lines

The whole world seems more beautiful

and time stands still

when the lights are dim and distractions few.

The silence …

just me alone with the night …

It’s part of me - my soul.

Blessings dear friend

Mark Tulin from Ventura, California on April 09, 2021:

Observe the world anonymously. I'm sure that's what most poets do. Enjoyed the poem, John.

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