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There's Someplace to Be Flying, a Poem

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.


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.

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.


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

Someplace to Be Flying by Charles de Lint

© 2018 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on December 05, 2018:

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.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 05, 2018:

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!


Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on November 14, 2018:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on November 14, 2018:

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.

Missy Smith from Florida on November 14, 2018:

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.

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

Thank you, Lawrence. Much appreciated.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on November 04, 2018:


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

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

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.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on October 25, 2018:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 17, 2018:

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

Dianna Mendez on October 17, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 14, 2018:

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

Devika Primic on October 13, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 13, 2018:

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.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on October 13, 2018:

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!


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 11, 2018:

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

Umar from Pakistan on October 11, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 11, 2018:

Hello Chitrangada :)

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

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 11, 2018:

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!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 11, 2018:

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

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 11, 2018:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

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.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 10, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

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.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on October 10, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

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.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 10, 2018:

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.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on October 10, 2018:

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.

manatita44 from london on October 10, 2018:

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.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 10, 2018:

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!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

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

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on October 10, 2018:

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.

whonunuwho from United States on October 10, 2018:

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

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 10, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

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

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 10, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

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 :)

Rinita Sen on October 10, 2018:

Clive: red bull haha, nice joke!

Rinita Sen on October 10, 2018:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 10, 2018:

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

Clive Williams from Jamaica on October 10, 2018:

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

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