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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

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