One More Day, a Poem

Updated on February 19, 2019
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John is a long-time poet, short fiction, and article writer. He studied a Writing for Profit course through ICS but loves story-telling.

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One More Day

Put a smile upon your face,

And brush those tears away.

Try to keep your spirits up

At least for one more day.


For even when things get you down

And everything goes wrong,

Just be patient, don't give up,

Be steadfast, brave, and strong.


Good and bad times come and go,

It's the lottery of life.

If you're suffering right now

You'll soon be out of strife.


Don't get stressed and anxious,

There are better times ahead.

Push those dark thoughts to the side,

Embrace good thoughts instead.


Ignore insults and bullying,

It's a jealous game they play.

Your friendly, kind demeanour

Will help you win the day.


Be with friends who make you laugh,

And do things you enjoy.

Concentrate on having fun,

Be a kid with a new toy.


So, keep your chin up proudly,

Puff out your chest with pride.

Don't fret what hasn't happened yet,

But ride the changing tide.


Love your friends and family,

That is the winning way.

Do a fist pump in the air,

And give it one more day.

Fist Pump,The Never Ending Story
Fist Pump,The Never Ending Story | Source

Off the Shelf

With this poem, I am returning to my "Off the Shelf" series where I select a novel from my bookshelves and use the title as inspiration to write a poem, story, or article. This time I chose "For One More Day," written by Mitch Albom, also the author of The Five People You Meet in Heaven and Tuesdays with Morrie

Let me just say, this is a wonderful book and quite an easy read at only 197 pages. I was tempted to include the entire cover blurb because it is so engaging, but it is also a spoiler for the story and it would be longer than my poem.

Instead, here are the first two paragraphs of the introductory chapter:

"THIS IS A STORY ABOUT A FAMILY and, as there is a ghost involved, you might call it a ghost story. The dead sit at our tables long after they have gone.

THIS PARTICULAR STORY belongs to Charles "Chick" Benetto. He was not a ghost. He was very real. I found him on a Saturday morning, in the bleachers of a Little League field, wearing a navy windbreaker and chewing peppermint gum..."

Let me guess. You want to know why I tried to kill myself."

— Chick Benetto's first words to me
For One More Day by Mitch Albom
For One More Day by Mitch Albom | Source

Questions & Answers

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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Lawrence. Much appreciated.

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        Lawrence Hebb 

        2 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

        John

        Great little poem.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you so much, Alyssa. It is great that you can confirm For One More Day is a very good novel too.

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        Alyssa 

        2 months ago from Ohio

        Yes, yes, yes! I love this poem and the message you are sharing. Side note, For One More Day is one of my favorite Mitch Albom novels. Well done!

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        DDE 

        2 months ago

        Positive and a words with a smile.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you so much, Md Annan. That was a very much appreciated and generous comment.

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        Velcro 

        2 months ago

        The poem lays such a strong motivational imprint on your mind.....it was such a beautiful experience to go through this beautiful piece...

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Good for you Eric. It's great to wake up to another day. I hope to read about all the love that you shared today.

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        Eric Dierker 

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

        The fact that I got back up today made me think of this. Yahoo!! another day.I hope I give out that love today.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I Li-Jen, yes, I feel rhyming verse tends to stick in your mind more like a catchy jingle. So, if I want a message to be easy to remember I tend to do it this way. Thanks for your support as a.ways.

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        Li-Jen Hew 

        2 months ago

        Hey Jodah. Another motivational poem of yours. Cool! It's a good that you make these kind of poems rhyme. They are meant to ring in our ears in times of need. I like how you always pull inspiration off the shell! Thanks for sharing.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Brad. Love your enemies too. Thanks for comin* back.

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        bradmasterOCcal 

        2 months ago

        Love your friends and family,

        That is the winning way.

        Do a fist pump in the air,

        And give it one more day.

        -------------------------------

        Keep your friends close and your enemies closer!

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        As I said before Eric, you never have to apologise for return visits. My door is always open. Keep pushing that one more day, you’ll make it.

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        Eric Dierker 

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

        Sorry buddy for so rudely coming back uninvited. But giving some thought here I will push things to stumble. You simply cannot get up lest thee fall. This one more day I will push it, Thanks.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Mark. I appreciate that comment and the comparison to Mitch Albom. I know you will enjoy this book too.

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        Mark Tulin 

        2 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Your poem has inspired me to read Albom’s book. Like you, he doesn’t waste words, gets right to the point and is never boring. I read two of his books and he has a wonderful and concise storytelling style. Great poem, John.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Liam, I appreciate you reading and commenting.

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        Liam Finnegan 

        2 months ago from Los Angeles

        a nice feel good poem....rings with many truths and reassurances.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi PoetikalyAnointed. I am not sure saying I am glad you needed this is the right thing, but I am happy it helped you in some way. Things will improve, they always do. Yes, that pic roughy back memories for me too. Take care.

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        PoetikalyAnointed 

        2 months ago from US

        Aww,John!

        This hit me hard and it's much needed! I truly appreciate the poem and the pic from the Never Ending Story(lol).I remember that one...boy do I feel old lol.

        Nice poem.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        It's my pleasure, Jo. It is wonderful that you read something just when you need it. Have a great day.

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        Jo Miller 

        2 months ago from Tennessee

        I kind of needed this poem this morning, John. Thank you.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Chitrangada, I appreciate that comment very much. Yes, we all need to be motivated to carry on when problems arise. I am glad you feel this poem does that.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        2 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Beautifully expressed poem!

        I think it should be ‘The thought of the day’, for everyday, for everyone.

        We all have our share of problems and this poem is to keep us motivated to deal with them.

        Thanks for sharing this!

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Nell. I always greatly appreciate your comments. Yes, the book is a very interesting read.

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        Nell Rose 

        2 months ago from England

        That book looks really interesting John. And I love your poem too. The message was amazing. :)

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks for reading Gabe. Glad you liked the message. Have a great week.

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        Eric Dierker 

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

        Thankyou Uncle John for your poem. I really liked the message about standing up in life.

        GABE

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Brenda, I am so glad you loved this poem and its message. People often give up too soon. If they waited just one more day things may have been completely different. Have a great day.

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        BRENDA ARLEDGE 

        2 months ago from Washington Court House

        I love the poem. Yes never give up because in time it will change.

        I love how you received your inspiration also.

        Great poem.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Michael, it is wonderful to see a new name visiting one of my hubs. I am glad you found this poem positive and appealing. Thank you for the generous comment, and,it is good to make your acquaintance.

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        Michael Claffey 

        2 months ago from Coolaney

        I love this poem, excellent message, very positive and appealing. Well done to the poet John Hansen, it's good to know you.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for your kind words, and the fist pump, Genna. Cheers.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Mary, I am so sorry you lost your purse at the market. I am glad the poem made you feel better and do a fist pump. I hope an honest person found your purse and handed it in.

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        Genna East 

        2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Loved this. John, this inspiring poem deserves a fist pump in the air -- all its own, Thank you! :-)

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        Mary Norton 

        2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        I did a fist pump in the air as I read the line sin your poem and it made me feel better especially after losing my purse in the Borough Market yesterday. For one more day in London, I'll be a child with a new toy.

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        John Hansen 

        2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        What can I say Sean, my brother? Your warm heartfelt comments are always most appreciated. Thank you for such kind words. I am so glad you can always relate to what I write.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        2 months ago from Greece, Almyros

        My dear John, every time that I read a new poem from you I feel more grateful and I want to embrace you and hold you tight! I Love you and you are a brother of mine, a brother by choice!

        Gratitude!

        Sean

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Brad. That stanza is specifically for you. Feel free to relate to it however you see fit.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Mel. I am not always that way but I do get over things quick and move on. Nothing gets me down for too long.

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        NOYFOB 

        3 months ago

        John

        I think that this is an appropriate quote for me.

        "Ignore insults and bullying,

        It's a jealous game they play.

        Your friendly, kind demeanour

        Will help you win the day."

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        Mel Carriere 

        3 months ago from San Diego California

        John, your constant optimism amazes me. I wish I could be such a positive person but the older I get the more cranky and cynical I become. Keep cranking out your wonderful verses because you bring some much needed sunshine.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi MsDora, glad to hear you have read Mitch Albom's other books and thanks for liking my poem. Feel free to use any of these stanzas in your list of quotes.

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        Dora Weithers 

        3 months ago from The Caribbean

        I love those two other books by Mitch Albom; haven't read this one. Your poem is chockful of pep and inspiration. Any one of these verses could end up in one of my future list of quotes. Thanks in advance.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Linda, great to see a comment from you. I am glad you enjoyed the message and book choice. All is well with me thanks, and I hope it is with you also. Take care.

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        Linda Rogers 

        3 months ago from Minnesota

        Hi John-Loved the message in your poem. I'm also inspired by your book choice & can't wait to read it.Hope all us well with you.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Shauna, it’s been a few weeks since I wrote an “Off the Shelf” poem. Have to keep the surprise factor coming now and then lol. Thank you for always reading and commenting.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Audrey, I am always please when I see a comment from you on one of my poems/hubs. So, glad you are enjoying this series. Blessings.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi again Eric. “Required reading” ... been there, done that lol. Got to keep those grades up. It is sad that many parents don’t read with their children, but I do like your preferred “awesome reading.” Not sure that my writing fits that, but thanks.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Venkat. Thank you for your kind words. It is amazing the wisdom that can be found in words written so many years ago. Marcus Aurelius must have been a very wise man. Meditations would certainly beaworthy read.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        3 months ago from Central Florida

        I love the creative inspirations you derive from your library, John. Once again, I had no inkling this would be an "off the shelf" poem. You keep us on our toes!

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        Audrey Hunt 

        3 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        A wonderful message, John. I love this poem and your series. From the look of all the comments here, I'm not the only one that appreciates your work.

        Thank you.

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        Eric Dierker 

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

        John my boy is having to read books to be best in class (or at least 4 top) So we slowed down with reading creative poetry-I need to fix this. He will read this tonight. I think that is interesting. I reckon most parents don't READ with their children. "required" reading? I cannot do that, it has to be awesome reading. And you offer up that.

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        Venkatachari M 

        3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

        Very good message through your poem. It's a recurring "One more day" every day that is to be implied through it. So, be always positive and with hope giving a chance to it for one more day till your last breath of life.

        Presently I am reading a wonderful book titled "The Meditations" from Marcus Aurelius that he preached some 2000 years ago. It is good for practicing in our lives even today.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading this poem, Michael. Yes, we have to make the most of today but also look forward to tomorrow.

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        Michael-Milec 

        3 months ago

        Thanks John for a glimmer of "one more day," the only one we own is now, today. All the bliss you offer is full of life, love, and contentment creating ever desired peace of soul.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you so much Liz. I appreciate your reading and commenting. Have a great day.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Flourish, I am glad you enjoyed this poem and it’s message, and thanks for liking the series in general.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I am glad you found this poem uplifting, Pamela. Yes, we just need to embrace the ups and ride out the downs. Thanks for the nice comment.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hello Linda, most authors have good books and not so good books e.g. I love some Steven King and am bored to death by others. I guess Albom is no exception.This one is worth the read. Glad my poem brightened your day.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Rinita, after the sad ending to my last, and your comment, I thought I should go back to writing something a little more uplifting :)

        I am glad you enjoyed this one more. Thank you my friend.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        This is actually the first of Albom’s books that I have read Bill, but I enjoyed it and actually found some similarities to your own style in his, or at least it reminded me of some of yours.

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Well, Eric, this is actually my 377th article/hub so I am batting at almost 400 (stIll ahead of Babe Ruth lol). Love that quote by Babe though. I look forward to hearing Gabe’s response too. Cheers.

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        Liz Westwood 

        3 months ago from UK

        This is an encouraging poem with a very upbeat tone.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        3 months ago from USA

        I like this series of yours, John. Good poem and interesting book for inspiration. The message behind it is particularly warm and encouraging.

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        Pamela Oglesby 

        3 months ago from Sunny Florida

        This is a lovely poem with such a good message. That is the way to live. We all have our ups and downs.

        I like the idea of picking a book and then writing the poem John.

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        Linda Lum 

        3 months ago from Washington State, USA

        John, I enjoyed "Tuesdays with Morrie" (and wept through a good portion of it), but was disappointed in Albom's next book, so I've not tried any other of his books. Perhaps I should give this one a go.

        I love your positive attitude. Thank you for brightening my day.

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        Rinita Sen 

        3 months ago

        Ah! Classic John Hansen poem. The ones we all here love. It's great to visit your library again, for one more day :)

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        Bill Holland 

        3 months ago from Olympia, WA

        You know, I've never read any of Albom's work. Maybe it's time I do so. Thanks for steering me in that direction....loved the message in your poem.

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        Eric Dierker 

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

        You seem to be batting at at least 400. No one can to that. And you knock them out of the ball park. Now Babe Ruth was a around 350 so you are in a league all your own.

        Gabe will get back to you.

        Oh yes you brought Babe into my thought for one of my favorite quotes if I remember right. "Never let the fear of losing get in your way"

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        John Hansen 

        3 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I appreciate your wonderful comment, Lora. It is a pity we tend to lose our childhood enthusiasm for life, and instead, let so many things upset us or stress us out. We just need to deal with obstacles, lift our heads and look forward to moving on. I am glad you are considering reading "For One More Day." I think you will like it.

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        Lora Hollings 

        3 months ago

        I love the spirit and optimism of your poem, John! We need to look at life the way we did long ago when we were just kids- a new adventure every day and something different to try. We didn’t let rejection rule us and we accepted disappointments and just lifted our chins and went on our merry way. This poem reminds me of those days of being optimistic and always excited about waking up to try something new. Life has it’s ups and downs, but if we stay strong and look at it from a learning perspective, we can grow and do better the next time! Yes, one more day, and things can look very different as our lives can take a more positive direction. I really like the invincible spirit of your poem.

        "For One More Day” sounds like a very intriguing story and since I like ghost stories, I will certainly have to read this book especially since it seem to spark such inspiration in you!

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