There's Someplace to Be Flying, a Poem

Updated on October 10, 2018
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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.

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There's Someplace to Be Flying

Don’t just sit there sighing

With eggs and bacon frying,

Dishes that need drying.

There’s someplace to be flying.


Rich CEOs are resigning,

Companies are combining,

The middle class is declining.

In a world that needs defining.


The Paparazzi’s spying,

There is rich and famous dying,

Politicians are always lying,

There’s someplace to be flying.

Dressmakers are designing,

Crude oil needs refining,

Coal companies are mining,

Rich pockets we are lining.


Retirees’ funds are reclining,

The old people are crying,

From public shame they are shying.

There’s someplace to be flying.


Society’s too binding

And history keeps reminding,

There’re lessons we keep finding,

They cannot stay in hiding.

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Commodities we are buying,

Strive for success we’re trying,

Shoelaces still need tying.

There’s someplace to be flying.


Soldier’s wives are pining,

Little blind girls signing,

Street lights keep on shining,

Architects still designing.


Living costs are climbing,

Innocent are dying,

Poets keep on rhyming.

There’s someplace to be flying.

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Off the Shelf

Thanks for reading another in my Off the Shelf series. The book title I chose this time for inspiration is Someplace to Be Flying by Charles de Lint.

From the jacket cover: "Charles de Lint has won a worldwide audience for his unique brand of "urban fantasy," tales that charge the modern world with spirit and magic and open our eyes to the deep truths around us. In Someplace to Be Flying, he again infuses modern urban life with ancient myths and mysteries; with dark portents and glittering dreams; with the magic of art, of friendship, and with the vibrant rhythms of music."

This is a wonderfully imaginative fantasy novel. It is a story of ancient magic, and of love in its many forms. Celtic and Native American creation myths have been woven into this modern tale that makes us question the way we see the world around us.

Someplace to Be Flying by Charles de Lint
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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        11 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you again, Ann. I know it is almost impossible to keep up reading everything those you follow write. I have trouble, but we do our best. Thanks for the kind comment, and I hope the Brexit situation gets sorted sooner than later.

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        Ann Carr 

        11 months ago from SW England

        You are excelling yourself at the moment, John. I'm only sorry I didn't get around to these poems sooner as they are magnificent. It has a fast-paced rhythm that tells us to do something before it's too late.

        With the Brexit scenario here, this reminds me of the panic mode everyone seems to be in! I hope the government manages to sort it out, especially as Brussels isn't helping one iota!

        Ann

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        Rodric Anthony 

        12 months ago from Peoria, Arizona

        This was a nice read. I like the use of words in the poem and I liked how you grouped them together. I did that in a poem that I wrote. I like telling stories in my poems, but it gets too involved sometimes. Thanks for the book recommendation and the poem. It is a matter-of-fact way to look at how things are, but it is catchy. Life goes on is what I get.

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        John Hansen 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I find poetry is a good way of expressing your opinion of the world today without being too confronting. This is my soapbox I guess. Sorry that this brought on a little anxiety but as you say, it made its point. Thanks Missy.

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        Missy Smith 

        12 months ago from Florida

        I agree with many others that have commented. This does cover so many things that are happening in the world today and it makes me sad.

        I had to take a few deeps breaths while reading it. I felt my anxiety trying to creep in. However, that means it is a really good poem that made its point loud and clear.

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        John Hansen 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Lawrence. Much appreciated.

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        Lawrence Hebb 

        12 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

        John

        A very good 'take' on today's lifestyle.

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        John Hansen 

        12 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Mike. I always believe in the saying “better late than never” And it is alway great to get a comment from you. You know my work well enough to come to expect a social commentary.cheers.

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        mckbirdbks 

        12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello John - As you can see by the speed of my arrival, that I am not flying. I enjoyed the playful tone and the metered pace. As usual it is worth the time to read your work and comprehend the social commentary.

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Diana. Yes, I do use in as my soapbox to highlight society’s woes or otherwise. Thanks for reading.

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        Dianna Mendez 

        13 months ago

        Your poetry highlights so much of our present world view. Always a good read!

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you,Devika. yes life has a silver lining, you just have to look.

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        Devika Primic 

        13 months ago

        A meaningful message of life today. Your poem has a bright side on the ending. Life today is just that!

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        What can I say, Sean? I am both humbled and amazed by your comment. There are much higher powers than us controlling what happens. Up I am glad what I write resonates with you my brother. Blessings.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 

        13 months ago from Greece, Almyros

        It is amazing, my dear brother, that everything I read from you makes me feel that is speaking to me a part of me! Like I am hearing the beats of my heart singing an ancient and sacred tune! It is mystical and I thank you for this! I am so glad that I found you (I believe again...).

        Love shines on you!

        Sean

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks for reading this M Umar, and also for the kind comment and the follow.

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        Umar Khan 

        13 months ago from Pakistan

        beautiful poem. a lesson of hope.specially rhymes are interesting...

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hello Chitrangada :)

        Thank you for the generous comment. The rhyme took a bit of work I must say, and rearranging. I appreciate you reading.

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        Chitrangada Sharan 

        13 months ago from New Delhi, India

        Amazing, interesting and insightful poem!

        The rhymes and the rhythm are praiseworthy and brilliant.

        You made some important points, while referring to life in these times.

        Good to see you sum up on a positive note. Thanks for sharing!

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, that is so true, Nithya. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        13 months ago from Dubai

        There is always some place to fly to irrespective of how life is. Life is tough in today’s times but hope lives on, in search of a better tomorrow. Great write.

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Linda. I wasn't sure how this poem would turnout. I was just trying to make sentences that rhymed. They did have a common theme though so I just had to rearrange a few of the sentences so the whole poem made some sort of sense.

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        Linda Crampton 

        13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is an interesting poem, John. The rhythm is enjoyable and you've raised some important points about life today at the same time.

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Rasma, I agree. We are free to fly in all those ways to escape when we need to. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 

        13 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

        Loved this and yes, there is someplace to be flying in thoughts, in dreams and even memories.

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes Mary, we can imagine just flying away to the stars when life get# tough. Thank you for sharing.

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Venkat. Ah, yes, that is a line I could have used “old heritages are dying”. I am so glad you appreciate poetry.

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you manatita. It was fun to write this. Glad it worked.

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Oh Shauna, what can I say? I usually have a message or social comment in my poetry so I prefer it to be easy for the reader to understand rather than too abstract so they have to rack their brain to get the meaning. Thank you for such an encouraging comment.

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        Mary Norton 

        13 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Someplace to be flying...I look up at the skies and just stay there to enjoy the stars and the constellations...my someplace from all the things happening in our world. These, too, will pass so I just look up.

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        Venkatachari M 

        13 months ago from Hyderabad, India

        Aha! Very entertaining.

        Poets keep on rhyming. Very true. Poets portray everything so beautifully and realistically with their rhyming lines.

        I was just worrying that old heritages are dying reading that all ancient architectural buildings are getting demolished to build sky-high apartments and 5-star luxury hotels all over there.

        I enjoyed it reading every word and line smilingly.

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        manatita44 

        13 months ago from london

        Succinct, yet compact; light and charming piece. Some great lines for me: retirees' funds are declining.' 'Rich pocket's we are lining.'

        A cute, rhyming fun piece.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        13 months ago from Central Florida

        John, you're flying with this one! You touched on just about everything that's going on in our world today and you did it with rhythm and flow. That's what I love about your poetry. The smooth almost sing-songy delivery with words I understand and that paint very vivid pictures.

        You're a master in his own right, John!

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Mark, thanks for the generous comment. Glad you enjoyed this.

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, whonu. I tried to reflect on as much as I could.

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks Eric, glad you liked the poem in its entirety and the song.

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        Mark Tulin 

        13 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        Very nice. Each stanza a humorous blend of words and rhyme. A joy to read. We all need to put the problems of life aside and do our own thing.

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        whonunuwho 

        13 months ago from United States

        Nice work my friend. Very reflective of society in today's world. Well done. Blessings. whonu

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        Eric Dierker 

        13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        I like the whole thing, line by line. Thank you. Really cool artists and song. Keep on truckin

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Bill. I always appreciate your visits and comments.

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        Bill Holland 

        13 months ago from Olympia, WA

        Very clever commentary on life in 2018...thoroughly enjoyed this one, John!

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, the book is good..something different. Haha if poets rhyming is bad, I am the worst, Rinita. Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for reading :)

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        Rinita Sen 

        13 months ago

        Clive: red bull haha, nice joke!

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        Rinita Sen 

        13 months ago

        The book sounds interesting. I love well written fantasies.

        "Poets keep on rhyming"? Hope that's not a bad thing *laughs*.

        A light read with a deep message. I love it.

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        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha Clive, don't we all wish to fly? Not sure about the red bull though. Thanks for reading.

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        Clive Williams 

        13 months ago from Jamaica

        I like it. I too need wings, but i guess a red bull will have to do for now.

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