Life Lessons, Poetry to Inspire

Updated on June 20, 2018
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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.

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Payback Down the Track

Why does life seem so unfair

For people who are good,

While evildoers get away

With much more than they should.


Well, karma usually catches up

With those who bring its wrath,

In ways that most of us don't see...

Bad relationships, ill health.


So, don't be sad and say, "Why me?'

What goes around comes back.

Those who cheat, and lie, and sin

Get payback down the track.

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Don't Stash Your Goals Away

Live each day like it's your last,

Don't waste the time you have.

Be with those you care about,

Visit places that you crave.


We don't know our allotted time,

So, don't sit around and dream.

Get up and make your actions count,

Be part of the world scheme.


It's easy to say, "Not today,

Another chance will come."

This very rarely is the case,

To say that is quite dumb.


So make the most of every hour,

Say, "I love you!" every day,

Do the things you most enjoy,

Don't stash your goals away.


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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for you generous comment, Diana. Glad,you enjoyed these lessons on life.

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        Diana L Pierce 

        3 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

        This is great advice. Another round is chocked up to life's lessons. I can see "poet of the year" coming your way again soon.

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        Ann Carr 

        5 months ago from SW England

        Ooooh! Sounds great. That'll be a few more hubs then!

        Ann

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Ann. Yes, you are right we need to do things before we are too old. I have just booked a cruise (our first) for October to Noumea and Port Villa for the same reason.

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        Ann Carr 

        5 months ago from SW England

        Lovely poem and great advice, John! We should seize the day and go for it! My partner and I are trying to do that as much as possible before we get too old to dash around, or even saunter, any more!

        Hope all's well with you.

        Ann

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Nikki. I am glad you enjoyed the poem and agreed with the message.

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        Nikki Khan 

        5 months ago from London

        A great poem John, of course Karma does play a huge role and for life, live each day like your last one, I totally agree with you on this.

        Thanks for some golden tips, bless you!

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Shauna. Yes Cat Stevens has always been one of my favourites too.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        5 months ago from Central Florida

        Positive and uplifting, John. I love your song choice, too. I've always loved Cat Stevens' musical messages.

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Frank. I always appreciate your comments on what I write. Cheers.

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hello, John Ray, Thank you for reading my poetry. I am glad the message was relevant and inspiring for you. Have a great day.

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        Frank Atanacio 

        5 months ago from Shelton

        really words to live by in Jodah Prose.. this was actually pretty good my friend..:)

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        Ray 

        5 months ago from Philippines

        That is a beautifully written poem, Sir. It's like talking to me reminding me to always make the most out of my time. It inspires me a lot, Sir. Thank you!

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks Ralph. I always appreciate your reading and comments. there is not an hour to waste.

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        Ralph Schwartz 

        5 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

        A couple of good concepts you've pointed out - so agree with the "make the most out of every hour" line

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I agree, Bill. We never stop learning until the day we die. Cheers.

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        Bill Holland 

        5 months ago from Olympia, WA

        The day I stop learning lessons is the day a preacher is speaking over my casket...I say "bring it on!"

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha Flourish, not sure if it is karma that needs a kick in the pants or the actual leaders but I am sure there will be suitable retribution for whoever deserves it. Glad the Cat Stevens' song brought back memories. I am a long time fan.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        5 months ago from USA

        When it comes to certain world leaders, karma needs a kick in the pants but I’m hope there will be payback. I’ve seen stunning examples. Loved the Cat Stevens song. Someone many years ago used to play that for me.

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi, Ruby. Great to see you. I am glad you found these poems inspiring. Yes, let's not waste any time...

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Greetings Brother Ioannis. Thank you for the heart-felt comment. I am touched that my writing fills your heart with light and beauty. That is quite a compliment. Take care and God bless you and yours also.

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Oh yes, Linda. I should have added "use the good chin." My mother always used to put gifts we bought her away saying "That's too good to use." My wife and I had to pull all the gifts out of her closet one day and say, "You need to start using and enjoying all these things, now. Nothing is too good."

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        Ruby Jean Richert 

        5 months ago from Southern Illinois

        Your rhyming is really good and inspiring. The words speak to the heart, so let's get going...

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        5 months ago from Greece, Almyros

        You have a special place in my Heart, my brother, and not only because of Cat Stevens! (Ha! Ha!) You have earned this place and is a blessing to my Heart, because every time I read something new from you, my Heart fills with more Light and Beauty!

        Thank you, brother Ioannis, (our name, John, in Greek).

        God Bless you and your family!

        Sean

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        Linda Lum 

        5 months ago from Washington State, USA

        Don't stash your goals away. What a great line, and great advice. Always say I love you, make that phone call, write that letter. I think it was Erma Bombeck who wrote "use the good china".

        Thank you for the uplifting words.

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Val, we all like to insure or present a message where we can. Some are open to it, others not, but it is our job simply to share it. Thank you for reading this.

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Rinita, thank you for your confirmation of my message. That certainly sums up the message. We only have one life, so make it count.

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I know what you mean Mary. We get to a certain age and think about all the things we still haven't done, but yes it is never too late and miracles sure can happen if we make them. I haven't seen the Borgias, maybe I need to.

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha Eric, I really don't think you need a shrink. You have had such a full life already, maybe you are entitled to 180 days of daydreaming :)

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Dried, thank you for reading and commenting here. That message you mention is so true, you can't control what others do. They don't always reciprocate the way you want.

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        Vladimir Karas 

        5 months ago from Canada

        John---A present of wisdom so beautifully wrapped in verses---for all of us with souls open to learn or to be reminded.

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        Rinita Sen 

        5 months ago

        Thank you for these, John. I am sure most of us need such assertive expressions of inspiration from time to time, in order to remind ourselves that we have but one life, and it is up to us to make it count. Enjoyable and inspiring!

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        Mary Norton 

        5 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Thank you Jodah. This brought tears to my eyes because we are at that point when these lessons hit hard but there is still time to do things we dream of and not give up. Miracles do happen. Last night, we watched the series on the Borgias and oh my...karma do catch up.

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        Eric Dierker 

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

        I like the flow. Kind of a wavy deal matching you first photo. (or is it because of the photo it seemed wavy ;-) I like the sentiment and I try. But no way in hell do I get the good I get.

        I chuckled about the part about not sitting around and dreaming, but getting out there, time is short.

        180 straight days of day dreaming is on my bucket list.

        Excuse me I will get going to my shrink now.

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        Dred Cuan 

        5 months ago from California

        "What goes around comes back ..." - I absolutely love this part of your poem. There are times that we really questioning ourselves, why me? It's really hard for us to comprehend why despite our good disposition or attitude in life, we're still experiencing bad treatments from other people. I remembered one thing I've read before, the message is almost like this: "If you think that being good to other people, will make them good to you in return. Think again, because the world isn't like that. So don't dwell too much on the pain caused by them, just move on." Indeed, a true life lesson.

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Cive. Of course!

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        John Hansen 

        5 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Delilah. Have a fantastic day.

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        Clive Williams 

        5 months ago from Jamaica

        Great....poetry in motion

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        Delilah 

        5 months ago from Kentucky

        Words to live by, such an inspiration to start my day!

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