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It's Great to Be... (a Poem)

John is a long-time poet and fiction writer. He was also an active firefighter and secretary of a rural brigade for eight years.

It's great to be an artist

It's great to be an artist

It's Great to Be...

It's great to be an artist

Who's work hangs on a wall,

Who's passionate about their art

Though makes no sales at all.


It's great to be a singer

Who performs on a stage,

To entertain adoring crowds,

And has their own fan page.


It's great to be an actor

Who plays their parts so well

In movies and on TV shows,

Or products try to sell.


It's great to be a sailor

Who spends their time at sea,

Swabbing the decks and hoisting sails,

And singing sea shanties.


It's great to be a bus driver

Traversing roads with care,

Helping people without cars

Get from here to there.


It's great to be a fireman

Who saves lives on most days,

And who puts himself in danger

For very little pay.


It's great to be a sports star

Who finds such strength within,

By keeping fit and training hard,

Competing for the win.


It's great to be a doctor

Who keeps their patients well,

And operates to save their lives

So they'll have tales to tell.


It's great to be a soldier

Who marches off to fight,

Protecting you from terrorists

So you can sleep at night.


It's great to be a rich man

Who has great wealth to burn,

But gives the bulk to charity,

That's something all should learn.


It's great to be a farmer

Who grows food for us all,

And gets up at the crack of dawn,

But gets no praise at all.


it's great to be unemployed,

Though lack of work's a pain.

You wake up every second day,

Then go to sleep again.


It's great to be a writer

And take your pen in hand

To write of things you care about

That lets you take a stand.

It's great to be a writer

It's great to be a writer

© 2019 John Hansen

Comments

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

My definition of great in this instance is loving whatever it is you do and doing it to the best of your ability. There is satisfaction in doing your best.

Thanks for reading Elijah.

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

Thank you, Eric. It’s great to have you as a reader and friend.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on March 09, 2019:

My only question, John, is what is the definition for "great"?

You really did each occupation justice in explaining the dilemma the workers find themselves in. I would say you addressed their most likeliest thoughts to the tee in a humorous yet real way. Thanks for the presentation.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 09, 2019:

This one is just great. It's great to be a reader with John as our leader.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 22, 2019:

Lawrence, I just added the following stanza:

It's great to be a bus driver

Traversing roads with care,

Helping people without cars

Get from here to there.

Cheers, my friend.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on February 22, 2019:

John

Thank you for the reminder to be thankful.

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

It certainly is Linda. What more do we need?

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

John, we all have a purpose, gifts to share and love to spread. What an uplifting reminder.

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

Thank you Shauna. It's what I enjoy most. Telling stories or conveying messages with my poetry. Cheers.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 30, 2019:

You're the master of poetic messaging, John. There's not a topic you can't turn to rhyme and create a fluid vehicle for thought-provoking perspective.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 29, 2019:

Haha, Jo, I can't fool anyone. :)

Jo Miller from Tennessee on January 29, 2019:

I was sure when I started reading this that it would end with the writer part.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 27, 2019:

Thank you Li-Jen. Yes, just be happy to be yourself and the best “you” that you can.

Li-Jen Hew on January 27, 2019:

Hey John. A cute poem with the advantages of the jobs you mentioned and the unemployed too. Teaches us to be grateful for what we have and we cant have everything.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 26, 2019:

Thank you for reading this, Alyssa, and for the kind comment. I thought that Travis Tritt was a feel-good way to end it.

Alyssa from Ohio on January 26, 2019:

What an interesting poem. I love the variety of occupations you included, and a little of what we can learn from each. The Travis Tritt song at the end was a wonderful bonus!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 25, 2019:

Hi Brenda, glad to have someone new reading my work, and I appreciate your kind comment. Yes, it doesn't matter what we do we all make an important contribution.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 25, 2019:

This poem has a very in depth meaning. One should always take pride in the path life leads him down.

Everyone makes a difference in this world.

I enjoyed reading your work.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 25, 2019:

Hi Ram. Thanks for reading. Yes, that is the message I was trying to convey exactly.

Ram Di Mitr from Malaysia on January 25, 2019:

I love the message very much...my take away is that its ok to just be and flow with life. I can be anything I wanna be and thats ok.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 25, 2019:

Thank you Rasma, I always appreciate your comments.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 25, 2019:

Wonderful poetry and love the rhythm and rhyme here.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 24, 2019:

Haha Flourish, I bet you were.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 24, 2019:

I was waiting for that last one!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 24, 2019:

Yes, MsDora, they certainly all have a purpose. I can't think of any occupation that doesn't. A great suggestion that the unemployed should try becoming writers. Blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 24, 2019:

Yes, you got it Rinita :) We need to embrace whatever our role in life may be. How could you possibly know "writer" would be the last stanza haha?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 24, 2019:

Hi Pamela. Thank you for your kind words, and no, I couldn't leave out "writer" could I?

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 24, 2019:

It's great to be a writer and all the other roles you named. They all have purpose. Maybe the unemployed should try writing. He could still sleep and wake as he pleases.

Rinita Sen on January 24, 2019:

Lesson's loud and clear, John. It's great to be whatever you are, because it's always the right time to be alive.

P.S. I knew beforehand the final stanza will be about being a writer :)

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on January 24, 2019:

This is such a good poem. I love the fact that you used so many occupations and, of course, ending with writer.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2019:

Hi Mark. I am sure most of us here are biased towards that last one, but whatever your chosen role in life you need to embrace it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2019:

That is so true Mary. We need to be thankful for whatever our role in life. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2019:

Thank you Lori. I always appreciate you reading and commenting. Blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2019:

Hi Kim, thank you for always reading what I have to say. Hope your day is going wel.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2019:

Yes, it is great to be whatever you are Ann. Thank you for the generous comment.

Mark Tulin from Santa Barbara, California on January 23, 2019:

Nice job on this, John. Of course I like the last stanza. Of course, I’m biased.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 23, 2019:

It's great to be whatever you are, whatever your choice. Thanks for the reminder.

Lori Colbo from Pacific Northwest on January 23, 2019:

Love it!

ocfireflies from North Carolina on January 23, 2019:

It’s great to start the day

reading your poetry

and all you have to say

Blessings Always,

Kim

Ann Carr from SW England on January 23, 2019:

It certainly is great to be all those things, especially a writer!

You're a great poet too!

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2019:

Thank you, Liz. Your positive comment is much appreciated too.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 23, 2019:

I especially liked the rich man verse. Great twist giving money to charity. I like the positive tone throughout.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2019:

Thank you, Devika. I am glad that being yourself makes you feel great.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2019:

Hey Bill, you can't do better than loving to be yourself. Thanks for reading.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 23, 2019:

Hi John,you have shared another great piece of your work. I enjoy being me that mikes me feel great.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 23, 2019:

I'm with you all the way...it's great to be me!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2019:

Yes Carole, by all means, call me John. Thank you for such a lovely and positive comment. It is much appreciated.

Carole Emb from UK on January 23, 2019:

Truly insightful piece John, (if i may call you that). I can tell you are a 'glass half full' gentleman. :) Your writing not only speaks oceans about you, i'm sure it touches others the way all artists hope their works do.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2019:

Awww, thanks Verlie. What a nice thing to say.

Verlie Burroughs from Canada on January 23, 2019:

Love the up beat message John! Your People poem speaks volumes about your big heart.

PoetikalyAnointed on January 22, 2019:

You are welcome, I enjoyed th read.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 22, 2019:

Thank you PoetikalyAnointed. It is good that you could relate to some of these and I too wish that everyone could benefit financially from their particular passions. Take care.

PoetikalyAnointed on January 22, 2019:

There are a few in there that I definitely identify with. It's all about your passion for you will do it all day long-without pay.

Now, if only we can all benefit financially from our heart's desires/passions...the world would truly be a happier place to be.

Thanks, John!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 22, 2019:

Yes, I have to agree with that Paul, that everything has its pros and cons. Oh, and I could handle being a rich man one day too. thanks for reading.

Paul Neglia from Poughkeepsie, NY USA on January 22, 2019:

Everything has its quirks, its pros. It is definitely great to be a writer i must agree with you, though i want to be that it's great to be rich guy in the near future Lol. Nice write John