Some People: A Poem Comparing Fake and Genuine People

Updated on November 19, 2017
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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.

Some People

Some people are fake,

Some people are true.

Some respect only power,

Some respect me and you.


Some like to show off

And just seek attention.

Some people are humble,

Some don’t like a mention.


Some people they gossip,

Some express their opinion.

Some don’t keep commitments,

Others always keep promises.

Some criticize others,

They are so filled with hate.

Some admire other people

And tell them they’re great.


Some people act nice

With a hidden agenda.

Some people are helpful

To all race and gender.


So please be a person

Who is true to their word,

Who is humble and genuine

To all in this world.

© 2017 John Hansen

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      John Hansen 10 days ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks again Bro. I appreciate your generous and inspiring comments. Yes, the Buddha's wisdom is hard to surpass.

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      manatita44 10 days ago from london

      Gelled extremely well with me, the whole thing and you had it flowing so well. Messages are like service to all; we never know how it affects others, but it can be a very inspirational force for many. I love to serve!

      I identified with the wisdom of the Buddha straight away. I have even used it in my service to others. Hari Om, my Bro.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Mike. There are these two types of people everywhere, the news just highlights it but makes distinguishing them even harder, because most of the news is fake itself. I have been too busy but hope to increase my writing here soon.

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      mckbirdbks 2 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello John - I see that all the news that swirls around has helped you produce a piece that is filled with wise words. Hope all is well.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Nithya. Much appreciated.

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      Nithya Venkat 2 weeks ago from Dubai

      Wise words beautifully expressed.

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      John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      That is a very good question, Larry. I hope you find yourself soon lol. Thanks for reading.

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      Larry Rankin 2 weeks ago from Oklahoma

      A lot to think about. I try to be who I am, but I don't always know who I am. Can a person be genuine if they don't know who they are?

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jo. So glad reading this got your day off to a good start

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Always great to get a comment from you Genna. I have been away too and it's great to be back writing here again. Yes those are two words we should all strive for.

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      Jo Miller 3 weeks ago

      I like your poem and your quotes. Good way to begin my day. Have a wonderful day.

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      Genna East 3 weeks ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi John...

      I've been away from HP for a bit due to work; my apologies for not commenting earlier. Two words really move to the center in this lovely poem. Humility and kindness. I think these are the gifts that make us truly happy -- not success, money, or fame. I very much like your words.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Hari. Much appreciated.

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      Hari Prasad S 3 weeks ago from Bangalore

      Great poem John.

      - hari

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you as always, Shyron. Blessings back.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 weeks ago from Texas

      John, I love your poem, great as usual.

      Blessings my friend.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Tim, thank you for reading and for the kind comment. Yes, this is certainly no frills as far as hubs go but glad it gave you food for contemplation.

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      Tim Mitchell 3 weeks ago from Escondido, CA

      Great Poem John. Straight to the point and great contrast. I will contemplate this today.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Missy, my dear friend. It is hard to respond to such a personal comment here but that is you wearing your heart on your sleeve and open as always. Although my poem attempts to list the general characteristics of false vs genuine people it is very basic and doesn't go into the matter in-depth. This subject is not all black and white and there are many areas of grey as in your case.

      I do understand you and appreciate you. Never doubt that. Thanks for reading and your wonderful comment.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Chitrangada, thank you for reading. It's the first I have written here for awhile but hope it spurs more from me. You are right that it isn't always easy to tell the fake from the genuine so we always need to be aware.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Nice and sweet poem with deep underlying thoughts!

      Great to read another poem from you.

      However it’s not always easy to differentiate between the geniune ones and the fake ones.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      Missy Smith 3 weeks ago from Florida

      And some of us are just misunderstood and seek only inner solace for ourselves. It's an interesting thing. I feel that I am kind, but my introverted personality and show of bravery for my creativity good and bad makes me seem to some others, not everyone, but some, like I am boastful and wanting praise, when all I'm really doing is working on myself.

      I'm also an honest person, but that too lands me in a judgmental situation with others sometimes as well. Like recently, I decided to talk to someone on a dating site I have been on for years, and I have never talked there. I took a chance, and I decided to message this guy back that had messaged me, but he got offended right away when I said I didn't like snakes. I mean, what?! He thought I was a liar because I live in Florida and claim not to like reptiles. I didn't say I didn't like the category of reptiles, I just said one reptile. lol... It was weird, and It made me not want to attempt to talk again.

      You are correct. Kindness is hard for a lot of us; the misunderstood, and the completely honest people. Most people seem to want to be lied to and adored in a way that, at this point in my life, I would never be able to do for another person. I have been there and done that, and I don't want to lose myself ever again.

      At this point, I'm sure I don't know what others want from me, but I just don't have time to worry about it. I am kind, curious, honest, and maybe a little more self-absorbed than I used to be. I got to be, or I would get lost in a world that is fast becoming hateful beyond repair. I think I'll stay at loner status with whispers behind my back — thank you very much! lol.

      I really treasure the few good friends like you though, John. I know some understand me and appreciate the way I display friendship and kindness. :) Thanks for this very honest poem. Maybe some will read it and reflect on how to be a little kinder and less rude.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I agree, Flourish should write that hub. It would be great.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for sharing that Flourish. Some people are shocked when you actually bring their behaviours to their attention. Well done.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks, Ives, you are right. A lot of people are good actors too so we don't always know what the real person is like until we get bitten.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      Yves, the funny thing was that he was a psychologist as well.

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      Yves 3 weeks ago

      Lol, Flourish. That's hilarious. I still think that us non-professionals don't know as much as we like to think we do, until the bad thing hits us on the head & knocks us down.

      Perhaps you should write a piece about "how to tell if..." I am sure the hub would be a hit!

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      FlourishAnyway 3 weeks ago from USA

      This almost begs a hub about how to spot fakery. I once told someone who valued my opinion (yes, to their face) that they were not authentic. They were so shocked and angry. Then I calmly listed the behaviors he exhibited that backed up my claim. He then understood my feedback even if he felt defensive. Sometimes you must call it like you see it in order to move forward or protect yourself.

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      Yves 3 weeks ago

      Jodah...Most of us don't know who is fake and who is genuine, until they either attack us or save our souls. We only congratulate ourselves that we almost usually recognize the difference.

      I enjoyed your short piece, and the quotes.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Linda that is great advice in regard to taking into account tone of voice and body language to help in our discernment of people. It is more tricky with those we encounter online though. Then we have to rely on other means. Yes, being rude makes me feel crummy inside too.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, in the past my bullshit meter may have let me down, but not anymore. It is now working brilliantly. Have a great day.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Eric. So do you.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes PS, that is so true. We should try and surround ourselves with real and true people. Thanks for the Angels.

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      Linda Lum 3 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      Jodah, I appreciate Bill's comment on having a bs meter. I think a large part of that, of discerning who is real and who is fake, is really paying attention to the person. Maybe they are saying the things your itching ears (that's a phrase from the Bible) want to hear, but what about their body language, the tone of their voice, do they look you in the eye.

      Being rude DOES take effort, and it makes you feel so crummy inside. I would much prefer putting a smile on someone's face. Thank you for a wonderful, short but sweet poem.

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      Bill Holland 3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      I have a finely-tuned bullshit meter. It rarely lets me down. I sense, from this poem, that you have one as well.

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      What wonderful sentiments. You do our world a great service.

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      Patricia Scott 3 weeks ago from sunny Florida

      Well said, Jodah. Surrounding ourselves with those who are real and true enlarges our lives and our capacity to give to others our true gifts. Have a lovely day

      Angels are headed your way ps

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Val, always proud to call you a friend as well. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, some people will always be fake, Cive, unfortunately.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Chris, it seems almost too easy to follow what is good or not. I guess we are all free to make choices though as to which way we lean.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      What a great comment, Charmaine. Thank you for sharing your insights. Spot on I'd say.

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      Clive Williams 3 weeks ago from Nibiru

      We live in a fake world, so people will always be fake,

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Kristen. I was worried it maybe too short so thanks for confirming it still got the message across.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much, Valerie. Greatly appreciated.

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      Chris Mills 3 weeks ago from Missoula, Montana at least until March 2018

      There is great wisdom in these words, John. The person whose life reflects all these selfless and endearing qualities should be emulated and allowed to follow his own path of enlightenment, whatever it may be. The life that is simply good, rises from a good source.

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      Threekeys 3 weeks ago

      Jodah I dont know if you are experiencing the light and dark shades of yourself or of others at the moment. However, I have been where you are at. Working out the paradoxes of life.

      I was just thinking how odd it is. We go into a profession or job to do one thing and then we unfortunateley its about dealing with its opposite. For example you become a surgeon to save lives but you get the difficult ones that are coming to you to die. You become a police officer to become a hero and have everyone's respect /prestige. But your job is about force and violence. You become a child carer becaues you think you will be with a tribe who love and want the best for kids. When these child caring adults see children who are suppossed to be intentional deviants when they are still on the bottle or learning to say No, for the first time in their earthly life.

      Like Tamara said, having feelings that are upset or dark through a experience or through a deliberate contemplation to see both sides of a coin before you make that decision, doesnt neccessarily mean you come with an agenda. Although it may.

      I have not been in a war torn country with no access to food or water. But in my world of convrnience I may poo-poo how anyone could eat rats or cockroaches. But if you are starving? I may just reconsider what is okay or not okay.

      All we can do? Never say never.

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      Kristen Howe 3 weeks ago from Northeast Ohio

      Well said John. It was poignant and powerful in so little words.

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      Verlie Burroughs 3 weeks ago from Canada

      Well said Jodah.

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you whonu. I appreciate you being the first to read and comment. I haven't been very active here for a couple of months but hopefully, that will change now. We just need to use some discernment to separate the truth from the lies.

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      Vladimir Karas 3 weeks ago from Canada

      John---One more time a poem that shows the depth of your cultivated being. It gives me pleasure to call you my friend even though this is the only way we can meet.

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      whonunuwho 3 weeks ago from United States

      Great commentary my friend. We are quite capable of discovering the truth and falsehoods. We all have good examples plastered on our faces by the daily news. Many blessing my friend. whonu