John is a long-time poet, short fiction, and article writer. He loves story-telling and also has a Certificate in Permaculture Design.
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.
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
Questions & Answers
Question: What are the symbols in the song and their meaning?
Answer: "It's a lottery of life" means that life is like a game of chance. You have to make your own luck as much as possible, but you have no idea if you will win or lose.
"Ride the rising tide" is a symbol of riding the ups and downs of life. Try to embrace the positives and make the most of them.
© 2019 John Hansen