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On the Road to Kingdom Come (Poem and Song)

John is a poet, short fiction, and freelance writer who also trained in home ministry and Bible study.



The idea for this poem came to me after listening to the wonderful (according to my taste anyway) Harry Chapin song of the same name, " On The Road To Kingdom Come". The poem isn't based on the message in the song but the title was perfect for the words floating around in my head. This is the result. I hope you like it.

Update! Recently I asked Al Wordlaw (word55 to most of us here, and a very talented singer and musician) if he could turn one of my poems into a song. He said to send him a couple and he would see if he could. I did email him three of my poems and he chose this one. Below is the wonderful song that he created from this poem. Please take the time to view the video.


On The Road To Kingdom Come

I know not how he's travelling

Or exactly where he's been

But I know the 'stranger's' coming,

Like a figment in my dream.

He has been a million places,

From Rome to Timbuktu.

From the vast Sahara Desert

To the mountains of Peru.

He could sail into the harbor

On a boat with hoisted flags.

But more likely in some alley

As a vagrant dressed in rags.

There'll be no trumpets sounding

Or parade for "welcome home".

You will not recognise this man,

He'll walk the streets alone.

He may approach you humbly,

Head bowed, with beggar's cup.

"Please Sir, can you spare a dime,

So one like me may sup?"

He'll test if you are worthy,

So be generous and kind

To even homeless vagrants,

Infringing on your time.

Then, maybe if your heart is true,

When his work on Earth is done,

You'll become his fellow traveller

On the Road To Kingdom Come.


Harry Chapin's "On The Road to Kingdom Come"

© 2013 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 18, 2015:

Thank you for sharing your own personal story that is a testament to how people act Marlene, and also for you kind comments in regard to the poem and music.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on August 18, 2015:

Our church did the same experiment with the pastor posing as a homeless man. Not a single person, including me, reached out to him. Imagine our surprise when the homeless man walked up to the podium to preach. It was a learning experience. Your poem is quite lovely and the message is one we all need to hear. By the way, the music is a wonderful accompaniment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2015:

Thank you Michael. Yes it is an important and timeless message. I am glad my poem could convey that.

Michael-Milec on July 11, 2015:


We can not hide from reality while facing the Truth. Your poem Jodah, echoes His prediction: you will have chance to meet my need as being hungry, thirsty, naked , hospitalized or jailed... A message is more than convincing, coming from our Creator... ( Is my doing enough?)

Voted awesome.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2015:

Thank you for sharing that personal story Say Yes to Life. I too have heard of similar things happening. There are some hypocrites among churches and charities that only care about money and appearances. You need to check them out carefully I agree.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on July 11, 2015:

Thanks Yo! I appreciate your compliment. I was so, inspired by Jodah's (John's) great poetic message. The words already had perfect rhythm and rhyme that fit right into my music. Be blessed!

Yoleen Lucas from Big Island of Hawaii on July 11, 2015:

I had an experience similar to that pastor; I gave to an organization, then a few days later walked in the church looking rather scuzzy. I was rudely kicked out. I wrote them a letter telling them what I did, and got a warm letter of apology. When I called for a follow-up conversation, the leader of the "charity" answered the phone snapping, "Is this a personal problem?!" They actually had the nerve to send me several more solicitations!

The moral to this story is, check out the charity before giving your hard-earned money!

word55 - you did a fabulous job on the song!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 10, 2015:

Thanks for reading and your kind words whonu. Glad you like the message.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 10, 2015:

Thanks Chris, yes I love the way Al turned it into a great song. I couldn't be happier.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 10, 2015:

Hello Shauna. I am glad you got to read this hub and hear the song that Al did such a great job with. Yes, it is one of my earlier poems so you would have missed it the first time. Hope the masses do get to hear it. Thanks for your kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 10, 2015:

Hi Al, to tell you the truth I didn't even notice. I was just so impressed by how it sounded. Hats off to you, you really brought the words and message to life. I hope a lot of people get to hear this great song.

whonunuwho from United States on July 10, 2015:

Nice message of love and inspirational my friend. A work well received. whonu

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on July 10, 2015:

John, I love what Al has done with your poem. Great job, both of you.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on July 10, 2015:

John, I'm so glad Al pointed me to this poem. I guess you wrote it before I started following you. The message is outstanding!

Al really did this piece justice. It's a good dancing song. What better way to get the message heard (and sung) by the masses?

Kudos to you both. Great collaboration John and Al!

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on July 10, 2015:

It sounds better every time I hear it John. Your point/message is very powerful! I'm going to rerecord it and fix line 1 with your "how" instead of the "where" that I somehow put in. You should have told me John -:). I didn't do that intentionally and after all this time, I just noticed because I reread your words, along with hearing the recording. Wow! Still, a great message that I'm happy to be a part of.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 10, 2015:

Thanks MizB. Glad you liked this and that it caught your co-workers attention. Much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 10, 2015:

Yes, I will.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 10, 2015:

Thank you for the kind words bluebird. Yes it is a message we should all heed, Christian and non-Christian alike.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on July 10, 2015:

Beautiful words and thought, John. It is really nice set to music, and when I was playing it a coworker walked into my office. She is a very spiritual person, too, and thought it was very nice.

bluebird on July 10, 2015:

p.s. Take care of yourself and as much as you can, stay positive!

bluebird on July 10, 2015:

Truly appreciated this wonderful piece and song and story behind it. Good job. The message is timeless and bids each reading to stop and look...and...DO SOMETHING WORTH SOMETHING!


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 27, 2014:

Suzette, thank you so much for that kind comment. This is one of my favourite poems I have written.

Suzette Walker from Taos, NM on June 27, 2014:

What a wonderful and beautiful poem with a great message and lesson. You did the song title proud!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 27, 2014:

Thank you Rachael, for reading this and sharing it. I was very proud of this poem when I wrote it and thought it would be more popular. I was disappointed that it hadn't been viewed in quite a few months. I believe it does have a great message and your hub reminded me of it.

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on June 27, 2014:

Hi Jodah, I took you up on your suggestion to check out this hub and I'm glad I did. This is a powerful, beautiful poem. You are a very talented poet. You packed a lot of message into your poem and the pictures complement very nicely. Thank you for pointing me. It's been 7 months since your last comment, so I 'm sharing this. More should read your work so they can enjoy your talent.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 03, 2013:

Well thank you rdsparrowriter for those kind words. Glad you enjoyed this. May he bless you too.

Rochelle Ann De Zoysa from Moratuwa, Sri Lanka on November 03, 2013:

Profound beautiful message. A reminder to have a heart of thanksgiving. God bless you!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 02, 2013:

Blessings to you too teaches12345,

Glad you enjoyed this, and thanks for visiting another of my hubs.

Dianna Mendez on November 02, 2013:

What a beautiful post. Your suggestions are wonderful and will help us to remember that our road is often a better one than others. Blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 31, 2013:

Wow Jackie, great to hear you liked this one. I'll try to do more in this vein if I can. It's special to me too. Thanks for your kind comments.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 31, 2013:

I just can't express how beautiful I found this. My kind of poetry too so sort of hit a double dose with me.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 29, 2013:

Thank you Laurie, so much. Any poem that gets such a comment from you is a success, Glad you found it inspiring and like the pictures.

Blessings back.

Rayne123 on October 29, 2013:

Beautiful poem with beautiful and inspiring message

Beautiful picture



John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 29, 2013:

Thanks Robert, appreciate your comment.

rcorcutt on October 29, 2013:

I like this. Great HUB.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 29, 2013:

Yes Bill, it's amazing how a lyric can lodge itself in your head and provide inspiration. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 29, 2013:

Nicely done. I get a lot of my ideas from music. I'll hear a lyric and a hub is born. :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 29, 2013:

Thank you FlourishAnyway for voting up. Glad you like it, it's one of my personal favorites.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 29, 2013:

Great poem and message. Voted up and more.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 29, 2013:

jyw111, Um....I have a feeling you have posted this comment on the wrong hub. Am I right?

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 29, 2013:

You are welcome Cam, thanks for stopping by and for your comment. I think we are on the same wavelength My Friend..

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on October 29, 2013:

Thank you Jodah. This is how the King will come, has come, throughout history. I saw him this week. Maybe two or three times. I don't always know how to help.

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