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

Updated on September 12, 2019
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John is a long-time poet and fiction writer. He was also an active firefighter and secretary of a rural brigade for eight years.

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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.

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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        8 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        8 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 

        8 months ago from Washington DC

        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.

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        Eric Dierker 

        8 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

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

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        John Hansen 

        8 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        Lawrence Hebb 

        8 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

        John

        Thank you for the reminder to be thankful.

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        It certainly is Linda. What more do we need?

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        Linda Lum 

        9 months ago from Washington State, USA

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

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        9 months ago from Central Florida

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Jo Miller 

        9 months ago from Tennessee

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

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Li-Jen Hew 

        9 months ago

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Alyssa 

        9 months ago from Ohio

        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!

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        9 months ago from Washington Court House

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Ram Di Mitr 

        9 months ago from Malaysia

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Rasma, I always appreciate your comments.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        9 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

        Wonderful poetry and love the rhythm and rhyme here.

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha Flourish, I bet you were.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        9 months ago from USA

        I was waiting for that last one!

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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?

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Dora Weithers 

        9 months ago from The Caribbean

        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.

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        Rinita Sen 

        9 months ago

        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 :)

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        9 months ago from Sunny Florida

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

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Mark Tulin 

        9 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

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

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        Mary Norton 

        9 months ago from Ontario, Canada

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

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        Lori Colbo 

        9 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        Love it!

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        ocfireflies 

        9 months ago from North Carolina

        It’s great to start the day

        reading your poetry

        and all you have to say

        Blessings Always,

        Kim

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        Ann Carr 

        9 months ago from SW England

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

        You're a great poet too!

        Ann

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Liz Westwood 

        9 months ago from UK

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

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Devika Primić 

        9 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

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

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        Bill Holland 

        9 months ago from Olympia, WA

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

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Carole Emb 

        9 months ago from UK

        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.

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

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

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        Verlie Burroughs 

        9 months ago from Canada

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

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        PoetikalyAnointed 

        9 months ago from US

        You are welcome, I enjoyed th read.

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        PoetikalyAnointed 

        9 months ago from US

        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!

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        John Hansen 

        9 months ago from Queensland Australia

        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.

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        Paul Neglia 

        9 months ago from Poughkeepsie, NY USA

        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

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