John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.
A Poem for Manatita
My friend and colleague, manatita, (The Lantern Carrier) requested the following in my article Christmas From the Porch:
"Here's a poem with a difference. Cover the march to 2021 and 2021 itself, in the way of Love, Beauty, Light. Do not use the everyday words: Avoid, 'Covid', 'vaccines, mask and sanitisations and so forth.
You are allowed to use veiled words, like I do sometimes: struggle, challenges ... but even avoid them also, if you can. Write a futuristic poem, so we feel hope, harmony, Love... there's your challenge. Peace." ~ manatita
Because I try to write requests in the order I receive them, whenever possible, I had not written manatita's request as early as he would have liked. So, for that reason, I am publishing it now as a stand-alone poem.
"Now I didn't respond to your last hub when you talked about a lessening of requests. Purely because I wanted mine for the turn of the New Year. It was an elaborate question as far as I can remember, asking about something very positive and possibly related to hope.
The reason why I didn't mention it, is because it's a bit late now, Jan 20th. But you can still do a special. If I can raise the bar a little, make it a bit like what that 22-yr old did for President Joe Biden, full of Hope, beauty and promise. Do it, in such a way, so as to turn the negative on its head and avoid words like Covid and vaccines.
You know, the great Savant Nolina kanta Gupta, once said that the difference between Eastern and Western Philosophers, is that many of their great lines expressed the dark, while in the East, they use similar conditions to express the Light. Try expressing the Light." ~ manatita
Well, this poem is not in the same stratosphere of Amanda Gorman's "The Hill We Climb" that was performed at President Joe Biden's inauguration, however, I think it meets manatita's brief of expressing the light. I hope so anyway.
Swing the Lantern
Wake up to the sunrise
and greet a brand new day.
Throw out your arms in gratitude,
lift up your head and pray.
Embrace this fresh beginning
as the New Year starts to dawn.
Forget all that has gone before,
act like you've just been born.
Like a phoenix from the ashes
we'll rise up from the fire,
stronger and more beautiful
to achieve goals that inspire.
For life is full of wonders
to tempt us and surprise,
that tantalize our senses,
and captivate our eyes.
Don't dwell on past discomfort,
just focus straight ahead,
forging new experiences,
ignore what's being said.
March towards that shining light
that promises success,
and urges you to make your move
in this great game of chess.
Stay away from media,
it promotes chaos and stress.
A week absent of all bad news,
we'll feel our life is blessed.
Be inspired by others
and encourage in return.
Ensure there's nothing that you do
from which you do not learn.
Concentrate on things you love,
make plans and see them through.
Don't let the negativity
impact on what you do.
Admire the world around you,
Let nature do its thing.
The bees still buzz and crickets chirp,
flowers bloom and birds still sing.
Swing the lantern, show the way,
be a beacon for the lost,
Don't dwell on mistakes and regrets,
that has too high a cost.
This year will be amazing,
the best since time began.
Embrace each moment with a smile,
then make it go to plan.
© 2021 John Hansen