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The Fickle Hand of Fate, a Poem About Car Theft

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

Our Rav4..a fractured shell.

Our Rav4..a fractured shell.

The Fickle Hand of Fate

A phantom stole my car last night,

it was the midnight hour.

They snuck inside and took the keys,

But please don't ask me how.

Our neighbour, Steve, raised the alarm,

He heard the car rev up,

And saw it speeding from our drive.

We weren't aware enough.

As soon as we realised the theft

I phoned Emergency.

The police arrived soon at the scene

With questions flowing free.

How did the thieves access the keys?

Please describe the car.

What time did the theft occur?

We hope they don't get far.

Interrogation over,

Our statements taken down,

The police go off to find our car

At this early Sunday hour.

We're left to sit alone in shock,

And try to contemplate

Why would a thief target us?

Just the fickle hand of fate!

They found the wreck, a fractured shell,

A vehicle no more.

Far and away beyond repair,

It left me sad and sore.

The fickle hand of fate

The fickle hand of fate

What did we do to deserve this?

A punishment of sorts.

Maybe there's a message here,

Or a lesson to be taught.

But, life goes on. No one was hurt,

Just inconvenience had.

Material things can be replaced,

Why waste time being mad?

Treat events within your life

As wild beasts to be tamed.

Whether they be good or bad,

There's wisdom to be gained.

Far and away beyond repair

Far and away beyond repair

© 2018 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 27, 2018:

Thanks, Shauna. Yes, the police caught them, unfortunately, that does us no good as they are deemed underprivileged. It is just part of a spate of car thefts in the area. Something has to be done soon or the community will end up taking things into their own hands and forming a vigilante group. We have a replacement vehicle but not as good as the one stolen.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 27, 2018:

John, I'm so sorry this happened to you. Have the police found the thieves?

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 04, 2018:

Thank you for sharing your own personal experience Yves. Having a car or anything else stolen is not a pleasant experience and is more an inconvenience than anything else. Yes, life goes n and it's too short to waste being bitter.

Yves on May 04, 2018:

Kind of amazing how your poem really told the whole story! I had a car stolen once. It was later found on top of a hill, burnt to a crisp. To add insult to injury, I had to pay the service that hauled it away. An unhappy experience, but as you said, Life goes on. No need to be bitter. I felt exactly that way.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 03, 2018:

You are right Hari. We certainly didn't anticipate this happening. It makes us more security conscious now. Thank you.

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on May 03, 2018:

Sad to see the damage.Some things are impossible to anticipate and that make us invariably vulnerable. isn't so John ?

Sorry for the loss.

- Hari

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 30, 2018:

It must be wonderful to live in a place that is crime-free, Devika. This is the first time I have ever experienced a theft, and previously I never closed doors unless I was away from home. I have lived mostly in rural areas up until last year however when we moved into town. We have to learn to adjust and be more security conscious now.

DDE on April 30, 2018:

Crime has hit many people in this world. I had that when I lied in South Africa. The constant locking of the doors, and living with high security gates while the thieves are out there to scare us and steal from us. Well, I now live in a crime-free region in the most southern part of Croatia and don't know what it like to lock a door anymore. Life is freedom without freedom how could one actually live a good life? Always try to be alert in your surroundings.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 29, 2018:

Thanks, Nithya, yes, fortunately, we had insurance. Thanks for reading.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 29, 2018:

Sorry to read about the car theft. The car is in a pretty bad shape I hope you have insurance cover. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 28, 2018:

Genna, thank you for your kind comment. Sorry, to hear that your home was also broken into not long ago. Yes, it is a violation.You hear of it happening to others but when it is you it is a shock and wake-up call to be more vigilant and take more precautions. Yes, I believe in karma...so hopefully the thief gets what's coming.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 28, 2018:

Oh, John, I'm so sorry to hear of how your car was stolen and pummeled. The world we live in hits us with these things when we least expect it. Then, all of a sudden, we find ourselves in situations such as these rather than someone else. My home was broken into about 18 months so I know exactly how you feel. There are some crazy people out there with no sense of humanity. The emotional effect of the violation is hard to describe, but it can be haunting, as you wrote in your poem.

I'm glad that you and your family are safe, and that you've placed additional safety precautions in your home. And insurance coverage is a kind of blessing.

Whoever did this will probably end up in jail, or perhaps even worse off, for some other deed because this kind of behavior doesn't exist in a vacuum.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 27, 2018:

Thanks manatita. Did I comment on the poem you dedicated to me? If not I best check to see if I missed it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 26, 2018:

Thanks, Larry. Yes, theft certainly is a violation. I appreciate you feel I was able to effectively capture the emotions involved.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on April 26, 2018:

When I've been robbed, which luckily hasn't been often, I just feel so violated.

You did a wonderful job of capturing the emotions of being stolen from.

Great read!

manatita44 from london on April 25, 2018:

Good to know. The damage tend to remain mentally for a while, but it is nice to know that there will be some form of recompense for this outrageous act. Much peace.

I believe I dedicated a poem to you some time ago. Maybe four or five poems back.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 25, 2018:

Yes, manatita, it certainly was intrusive and devastating. Just waiting on the insurance company now but it seems straight forward.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 25, 2018:

Thanks, Frank. Yes, we have put additional bolts on the doors now. It was scary.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 24, 2018:

Thanks Bill. Only someone who has experienced the same thing really knows what you go through.. And it is not fun. Thanks for reading and commenting.

manatita44 from london on April 24, 2018:

Not nice and I see why it was devastating. We feel personal intrusions a lot. Talk to some who lose their phone or handbags.

Hope that Insurance sorted it out.

As regards the poem, you have done an excellent job as usual.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on April 24, 2018:

That's kind of scary, very short of a home invasion.. please stay alert and protect the family..

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 24, 2018:

I've actually had that happen to me, many years ago, and it was a personal blow for me, as it is for you. I found it sad and insulting that someone would do that to me...sorry to hear it, John!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 23, 2018:

Haha thanks, Clive. Good suggestion.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on April 23, 2018:

I say put em under the tyre

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Well, Frank. apparently, the thieves accessed the house through the back door sometime within the previous 24 hours (the last time we used the car or keys) while the back door was unlocked and we were home. That is the freaky part of the whole story. Our next door neighbour had his car stolen two weeks before and thought he had lost his keys ..they stole his keys a week before taking his vehicle.

Frank Atanacio on April 22, 2018:

How did they get the keys.. just curious.. anyways.. I guess creating art out of theft is like when life hands you lemons you make lemonade.. you're right.. at least no one was hurt... great write

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Hi Chris. Glad you enjoyed this and the message. Yes, I would imagine alcohol or drugs were also involved. It was really a pointless act of vandalism despite the items that were stolen from the car. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Thank you for sharing your experiences, Flourish. It doesn't leave you with a lot of faith in some of our fellow man does it? especially, when the main intent was just to joyride and destroy property (as in this case). Over $1500 worth of items and equipment was stolen from the car before it was destroyed. Yes, I agree, the worst part was knowing they were in our home while we were there to steal the keys. I appreciate your kind comment.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on April 22, 2018:

Your theme at the end is well taken. We can't control circumstances, but we can control our response and whether or not we are willing to learn. ]

I'm so glad you and your wife are safe. To have wrecked your car just a few miles down the road tells me there were drugs or alcohol involved. It could have turned out so much worse.

I love the rhyming narrative. Good job, John.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 22, 2018:

How terrible that someone broke into your home when you were there to take the keys! That would scare me the most. I do understand what breakins do to your trust and sense of security. My husband husband’s vehicle was broken into twice in our driveway and my own car was broken into once with some items taken. The thief smoked a cigarette and put it out in my floorboard which I immediately smelled. I felt so violated that I had to get rid of the car. My grandmother also had some theft. Someone she knew snuck in through the dog door when she was in the hospital and took her set of keys and big screen tv. They went joyriding and ruined the car beyond repair. Again, so sorry this happened. Be safe.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Mike, you are completely right. There is not much more that can be said, and, yes,writing about difficult situations is always therapeutic for me. Thanks.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Yes, MsDora, that is the most popular argument against rhyming poetry..it is like children's nursery rhymes and is outdated. You know I strongly disagree :) Thank you for reading and for your supportive comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Hi MizB. Yes, a car is certainly difficult to be without. Roof racks, roof cage and pull out awning, tools, air compressor...you name it were missing...and keys to house, mail box, etc...which is the hardest, having to change locks etc.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Thank you, Linda. Writing is a great form of therapy when things are tough or go wrong in life. Glad you loved the last verse and the message within.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Haha, thanks for the sympathy, Eric :) My car was 12 years old...so part of the family too (named Ravi). Missing her already. You are right though, this is just a hurdle to test our fortitude I guess. Now, to find another to take her place and move forward.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Thank you for your kind and thoughtful words, Linda. Yes, it does feel like a violation, but time to move on and learn from the experience.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Yes, Shannon, just over a week ago and certainly not fiction. Thank you for coming back a second time to offer your thoughts. It is great to get the support from your friends and colleagues here at HubPages. Yes, I hope we can look back at the situation in the near future and laugh about it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Thank you, Chitrangada, The scary part is that the thieves must have come into the house sometime within the previous 24 hours when we last used the keys and car....they must have entered through the back door while we were at home because there was no evidence of forced entry. Yes, no good dwelling and time to move on.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on April 22, 2018:

Hi John - I have nothing clever to say. Glad no one was hurt. You at least get to work off some steam composing some of your therapeutic rhyme.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 22, 2018:

John someone wrote here on HubPages that poetry with rhyme and rhythm is for kids. I hope he reads this poem so well done with a mature topic and a mature conclusion. Thanks for a great read.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on April 22, 2018:

I'm so sorry that this happened to you, John. You are right, it's just a possession, but a car is very difficult to get along without. We've never had one stolen, but they've been broken into a couple of times and items that are hard to replace like keys to rental property were taken, but thankfully never anything valuable. I hope your car was insured. Live well, my friend.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 22, 2018:

I'm sorry about the theft and loss of your car, John. I enjoyed reading your poem even though it describes a sad situation. I love the last verse. You've shared some excellent advice.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 22, 2018:

Sorry dude, I liked the poem but did not feel sorry for you. You got a hurdle thrown in front of you. You managed it with some serenity. Now your love can shine even brighter in the little things.

But OTOH what a bummer. I have an old 16 year old car. It is most likely to be stolen for parts as this model lasts several hundred thousand miles and so spare parts are a premium.

I know is just an object but mine is Josephine and part of our family. So so sorry for your loss.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 22, 2018:

Oh John, what a dreadful occurrence. I have not experienced a car theft, but have had my auto and home broken into several times. There is a sense of violation. But as you say, no one was injured. You and your loved ones are safe. I am sorry that this has happened to you!.

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 22, 2018:

That's terrible, John. I thought at first that this was either fiction or not a recent experience. Hopefully writing this helped some. It's good to have support from readers, especially those who have experienced similar events. The thing about theft that angers me initially is being violated that way. Just objects, but personal and meaningful to those who possess it. And even if it's trivial, it's still just wrong. What happened to principle and integrity? Anyway, so glad you and your loved ones are at least safe and maybe able to one day look back and find some amusement in the situation. Laughter is a wonderful tool.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Thanks for the lovely and caring comment, Nikki. Much appreciated. Yes, in the end it's just a possession.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 22, 2018:

I am so sorry about your car being stolen John, but it’s good to have expressed your disturbed emotions through this well composed poem.

I can relate to this, as one of our car was also stolen some ten years back. These thieves manage the keys, I don’t know how. We felt terrible. It is a material thing, but a necessary thing. We do need cars. We had traveled a lot in that car, with family, and it really feels bad when something like this happens.

Hope you move on soon, and thanks for sharing the poem!

Nikki Khan from London on April 22, 2018:

Ahh so sad to read it John, I know it’s just a materialistic thing but still you get shocked when it’s theft and then you find it whole damaged.You’ve described it so brilliantly and the message at the end is marvellous as things can be changed but humanly loss can’t be retrieved.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Shannon, thank you for sharing that. The fact is, I heard the car rev up and speed off in front of the house but didn't take any notice because the house fronts onto the main street and we hear that all the time. We retrieved some items from in the car..but not roof racks, roof cage, pull out awning, tool box with tools, air compressor etc. They obviously had time to dispose of those before the police found the car. But you're right, we should listen to our kids. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Yes, Mary, it was just a car. The trouble is a car is a necessity that is difficult to get by without. Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Ann, I was very angry and upset at first, believe me, but what's the point? It doesn't change the situation. We just have to move on....writing this poem helped me do that. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Thanks for your kind words of support, Glenis. It is sickening when it seems the thieves whole motivation was just to destroy someone's property. I appreciate your reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2018:

Yes, it is a frustrating time, Li-Jen, I tried to turn it into something positive by writing this poem. Thank you for your comment as always.

Shannon Henry from Texas on April 22, 2018:

Nice moral to the story. :) You know what this first made me think of? Of course you don't, so I'll tell you. LOL. Never had a vehicle stolen, but we have had an expensive ladder stolen from a ladder rack right off the vehicle - in broad daylight, nonetheless. It was also tied on with a chain and lock. Yes, it made A LOT of noise. The kids told me they thought it sounded like someone was after their daddy's ladder, rather the company ladder that he worked for at the time. Me, I totally denied it and went about my business. Whatever I was doing seemed more important. Work deadlines and such. Because, you know, who would take a ladder in the middle of the day and make that much noise doing it? Oh, but I was wrong. The police checked traffic light cameras, but I assume that the thieves were never caught. Had to be more than one. So here's my gained wisdom - forget about common sense and listen to the kids! LOL

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 22, 2018:

You are right. Just material things though it still can be shocking when it happens to you. It is good to have expressed it a beautiful form as poetry.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 22, 2018:

Great attitude for something so horrible and invasive, let alone annoying! However, no point in getting mad; the thieves just win another point then don't they?

Great poem - and there's your positive outcome (and ours)!


Glen Rix from UK on April 22, 2018:

I feel for you, John. So sickening when something like this happens. It makes me despair of the future of society. It must have roused many negative emotions in you and yours. But it’s great that you have managed to take a stoical attitude and produce a creative work from the incident.

Li-Jen Hew on April 22, 2018:

Hello Jodah. I’m so sorry about your car! I can hear your frustration in the poem. Thank you for sharing. Nice rhymes as usual! :)

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