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Lessons of Summer: Poetry from Prompts

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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Weekly Word Prompts: 'Lesson' and 'Summer'

Each week fellow writer, poet, and friend, Brenda Arledge provides us all with a word prompt in the hope of sparking our inspiration or kicking our muses into action.

I have struggled to motivate my particular muse for the last couple of weeks, hence my response to 'lesson' being delayed until now. But, as they say, "better late than never," so I thought, with the 'summer' prompt already published, I may as well combine the two.

Thank you, Brenda, for providing the encouragement once again, and I hope you enjoy my humble offering in the form of these poems.

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

— Angela Schwindt

Lessons of Life

The lessons of life we cannot escape,

they are something we need to embrace.

For each waking moment, we spend on this Earth,

we are all here because of God's grace.

So, don't waste a minute, take in all you can,

learn from each encounter you have.

Even the obstacles that come your way,

provide lessons that you'll learn to crave.

We all make mistakes, that's just part of life.

They're not failures, just steps on the way

to gaining the wisdom you're meant to attain.

So throw all false worries away.


Live your life with passion and integrity

Every experience is a lesson on your journey

Showing that drive and ambition can bring reward

Success will follow, but it is the effort that matters

Only you can gauge the extent of your achievements

Never stop learning as there are always new goals ahead

Share your knowledge with others so they, too, can pass those lessons on


Summer sun may make us melt

Ultra-violet rays may not be felt

Melanoma is a risk to health

Make sure you always take your hat

Every time outdoors you're at

Remember to "slip, slop, and slap."


I laze outside on a rug,

the sun high in the sky.

The plan was to improve my tan,

but, by chance, I close my eyes.

When I awoke two hours had passed,

I dreaded my mistake.

My skin was a bright shade of red,

I hadn't browned, I'd baked.

The sun grows hotter every year,

'Global warming' is the term.

We must reverse this climate change

or we all will slowly burn.

I move inside out of the sun

to moisturise my skin,

to minimize the sunburn,

and pray there's no harm within.

For just like my own carelessness,

many countries are the same.

They're all talk and no action -

and just playing the blame game.

© 2021 John Hansen