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No Fallen Angels Welcome! ~ a Dramatic Nonsense Poem

John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

courtesy of Color Planet

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Back to Earth

With this year coming to a close there have been a lot of wonderful uplifting articles that inspire us to look forward to the new year ahead. I have written a couple on that positive vain as well. I don’t want to darken the mood, but maybe this will bring us back to Earth a little.

With this poem I offer something a little different. It is written in a nonsense vain, but it also has a touch of the dramatic about it. I wasn’t sure how to categorise it, but wherever it fits I hope the reader can find a message or two of some value hidden in the words or between the lines. If you do please tell me in comments. It may be something I’m not even aware of.

I give you, “No Fallen Angels Welcome!”

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No Fallen Angels Welcome!

There’s a sunrise in Tequila

and a desert storm in June.

The butterfly effect may cause

an earthquake on the moon.


Shout your way right to the top,

high enough to make it rain.

Seed the clouds with vitriol

and board the devil’s train.


Or catch a rocket to the Sun,

it’s cold down here in hell.

”No Fallen Angels Welcome!”

or so the sign does tell.


There’s one way up, another down,

so flip a coin and pray.

Heads I win, tails you lose,

the only colour’s grey.


Make a tidal wave of promises

and super-nova lies,

for publicity is always good

though it makes a SWAT team cry.


Prejudice is a weapon

used by the jealous few.

Love and acceptance form a shield

those bullets can’t get through.


Blow some kisses against the wind

that roars across the plain.

Starting fires with burning love,

Such a pleasurable pain.


Whether you ranch cattle,

or maybe sheep or horse,

I prefer my steak cooked medium

with a gravy or a sauce.


Death clamps its jaws in anger

as the world springs back to life,

casting aside the servitude

that had bowed to hate and strife.


So don your hat and blue suede shoes,

pull up your pants and sing

a tribute to our saviour,

the jailhouse rockin’ King.

Elvis Presley, Jailhouse Rock

Elvis Presley, Jailhouse Rock

© 2020 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 29, 2020:

Thank you Farah. I was feeling quite proud of those lines, now even more so. I am so glad you loved them and found it powerful. Blessings to you.

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on December 29, 2020:

"Death clamps its jaws in anger

as the world springs back to life,

casting aside the servitude

that had bowed to hate and strife."

What powerful lines! Loved it, John!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 28, 2020:

Aww MizB, I thought I had the humour interspersed throughout in between the serious stuff lol. No, a number on a year makes no difference, it works the other way too. We would have no idea in early 2019 that 2020 would have turned out so bad. It is only optimism, but it beats the opposite doesn’t it? Happy New Year.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on December 28, 2020:

You had me laughing through your first stanza or verse (whichever it is) but doggone if you didn't have to go and get serious. But you did have some good thoughts, and I liked it anyway. I don't know where everybody gets the idea that just changing the number on a year will make it better. Just being optimistic, I guess.

Happy New Year to you and your family, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 28, 2020:

Thank you Flourish I appreciate you reading this poem and your comment. Happy New Year to you also.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 28, 2020:

Creative and adventurous. I enjoyed your free spirit here. Happy New Year!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 28, 2020:

Thanks Peg. Keep those fires burning with love. There is a better year ahead...I can feel it, and Elvis said so. Happy New Year.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 28, 2020:

Hello Chitrangada. I am glad you enjoyed this little journey into my head and my mixed up thoughts. Thanks for reading. happy New Year.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 28, 2020:

This was fun to write manatita. I just thought I’d try something different and was pleased with the outcome. Glad you enjoyed the rocking read.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 28, 2020:

I probably had more fun writing this than anything else for a while, Bill. Glad you appreciate the imagery. Let’s start some more fires by burning love all around the world and make this a wonderful new year.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on December 28, 2020:

I liked the ending of your poem. Let's all light more fires of burning love in the years ahead of us. Happy New Year, John!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 28, 2020:

Nice poem, and it very well displays your creative thoughts.

I enjoyed going through this, with deep and varied expressions.

Thank you for sharing.

manatita44 from london on December 28, 2020:

"Starting fires with burning love,

Such a pleasurable pain." - Jodah

A beautiful couplet-loving piece and the jolly rocking is cool too, Bro. Way to go!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 28, 2020:

My kind of poetry, John! Bravo! The imagery is exquisite. Starting fires with burning love, that's the kind of writing one can be proud of. Let's hope there are many such fires in 2021, my friend. Happy New Year!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 28, 2020:

I was hope that this poem would get the readers thinking, Shauna. Thank you for choosing that stanza as your favourite. Happy New Year.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 28, 2020:

John, this is a very interesting and thought-provoking poem. This is my favorite stanza:

"Blow some kisses against the wind

that roars across the plain.

Starting fires with burning love,

Such a pleasurable pain."

Happy New Year, John!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 28, 2020:

Thanks Cheryl. Yes it is rather different.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on December 28, 2020:

Very interesting poem and a bit different.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 28, 2020:

Yes, it is a bit different to my usual, Pamela. Glad you enjoyed it and found the message of love conquering all, within.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 28, 2020:

This is a different type of poem from you, and it does pack a message. Predjudice due to jealosy but love overcomes. When we stand together in love, it is a much better perspective. There is way too much anger and fear today. This is another outstanding poem, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 27, 2020:

Rosina, thank you for reading. You picked out my favourite verse too, so appreciate that. I tried to cover a bit of rushing in the poem, glad you saw the humour too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 27, 2020:

Yes, Brenda. I used a different approach for this one. Sometimes my poetry is criticised for not being abstract enough, so I need to diversify now and again. I love your comment and you got my message perfectly.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 27, 2020:

Ruby, I pray that what our describe there I’ll soon be a thing of past. It is terrible when the streets are filled with fear. I am glad this poem helped lift your spirits.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 27, 2020:

John, they say the road to hell is filled with prejudice, hate and strife. Right now in the US the streets are lined with fear. We can either dwell on that or read good rock n roll poetry, of course you topped it off by my man Elvis. I love your fun filled poem. More please!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on December 27, 2020:

John,

This one is definitely different from your usual work.

I can feel the emotional anger at the way people live in this world today.

The butterfly effect could cause an earthquake any day. Praying or tossing a coin really makes no difference when the only color is grey...we are all alike.

This part...

Love and acceptance form a shield

those bullets can’t get through.

Touches upon the truth we all need to share.

Death waits for no man...we need to be prepared.

Sing praises to our king...be ready for anger is not the way.

Hopefully this is a warning to wake people up before their anger gets the best of them.

Rosina S Khan on December 27, 2020:

I like this poem with the verses jumping from one context to another. My favorite verse is as follows:

Prejudice is a weapon

used by the jealous few.

Love and acceptance form a shield

those bullets can’t get through.

It does have a sense of humor which delights the heart. Thank you for sharing, John.

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