This Game That We Call Life - a Poem

Updated on June 6, 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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This Game That We Call Life

Life doesn't always go to plan,

It's full of sweet surprise.

Be the best person you can,

Don't fall for tricks and lies.


Always help your fellow man

At every chance you get,

And also be a friend who cares.

Your future isn't set.


When things go wrong, as they oft' will

Be strong and take a stand.

Don't give in or be depressed,

Just show a stronger hand.

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You are an elite player

In this game that we call "Life",

So always do the best you can

And you'll never face the knife.


Learn from every curve ball thrown

And hit a long home run.

Be confident that you'll succeed,

New challenges are fun.


Half empty glasses don't exist,

They're up to you to fill.

It's an easy task to pour the wine,

Just give the cork a pull.

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Look towards the shining light

At the tunnel's other side,

Then rush it like a speeding train,

With your eyes open wide.


Embrace each day with vigour,

Put stresses to the side.

Don't hide away at home alone,

But face the world with pride.

A Very Inspirational Song - please listen

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        John Hansen 8 days ago from Queensland Australia

        manatita, thanks for your positive comments on all parts of this. I like to keep my poetry simple. Feel free to share with any street kids in Kenya or anywhere you find.

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        manatita44 8 days ago from london

        Your poem is full of positivity and simplicity. Rhymes well. I could recite this to the street kids here in Kenya. The video is uplifting too. Yes, true freedom lies in breaking those chains.

        Your lady up top in the lotus is serene! Cool!

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you MsDora. I greatly apprecoate your comment

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        Dora Weithers 2 weeks ago from The Caribbean

        "New challenges are fun." I couldn't agree more. Thanks for sharing this motivating attitude toward the game of life. Excellent poetry.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Kim. So great to get a comment from you after so long. I am glad this is relevant for you and it would be an honour if you used it in your life.

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        ocfireflies 2 weeks ago from North Carolina

        John,

        Yes! Such an inspirational piece and one I need to use in my own life as a reminder to keep on keeping on. Kudos, my friend!

        Kim

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Mike, sometimes a persons popularity and the impact they made in life isn't evident until their funeral and how many attend. It's a little sad. Thanks for sharing that.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for the kind blessing Shyron. I hope you hit a home-run too.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        I always appreciate your comments Venkat. They are always very generous too. Glad you found the message inspiring.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi li-Jen, I think I was in a very metaphorical mood when I wrote this one. I hoped I didn't go too overboard.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Val, as the song from The Life of Brian goes...."Always look on the bright side.. of life" Cheers My Friend.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey, Paula...just call me the "spirit lifter" haha. Glad my inspirational words come at the right time.. for some anyway.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Linda, thanks for the comment. Yes, just keep topping up those glasses. :)

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        mckbirdbks 2 weeks ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello John - Great message. At the end of the tv series Band of Brothers it gave short synopsis' of the soldiers. One went back to his home town and became a handy man. At the end of his journey 1500 people arrived at his funeral. A testament to his life.

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        Shyron E Shenko 2 weeks ago from Texas

        Beautiful message John,

        I hope with every pitch

        you hit a home-run

        until your game of life is won

        ~~~~~

        Blessings my friend

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        Venkatachari M 2 weeks ago from Hyderabad, India

        Very beautiful and pleasant message inspiring people to be positive always. Thanks, John, for sharing this.

        The video is also very much inspiring and it enhances your message.

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        Li-Jen Hew 2 weeks ago

        Hey Jodah. The poem is straightforward and memorable. I like the metaphors you used because we can find deeper meaning in them - the game, the glass, the train. Positive outlook on life -pleasure to learn from. Thanks! :)

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        hi Flourish. Yes, a lot of people seem to be very stressed with life don't they? glad you think this promotes positivity .

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        Vladimir Karas 2 weeks ago from Canada

        John---Another poetical pearl in the necklace that all of us should wear through life as a good luck charm. Bravo my friend!

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        Paula 2 weeks ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Jodah.....So true, Jodah. You sure can use your words to magically boost our spirits just when we need a lift! Great way to use your gift, my Aussie friend. Peace, Paula

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        Linda Crampton 2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

        This is a very encouraging poem, John. I love the idea that half empty glasses don't exist!

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        FlourishAnyway 2 weeks ago from USA

        The Bruno Mars song was a nice add here. It seems like there are so many people these days who are close to giving up. Some of the comments I get on my articles make me concerned about others. It’s important to follow your advice and not give up or give in.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        My brother Sean. thank you for your kind words, and yes, life certainly is an adventure.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Chris. Speaking from experience, my life very rarely goes as planned.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Linda, thank you so much for sharing that song. I remember it well. It was also very inspirational to me growing up.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, Eric, I have pondered that myself. But if you lay down your life for a friend you won't be around to love and inspire others. Always glad to lift you up, and I love that song too.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Ann. So glad you found this inspirational.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha Frank. Things can only get better. Sorry about the hampster, and good luck next time against the eight-year old. Thanks for the laugh.

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        John Hansen 2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Hari, yes I think it would work as a daily inspirational.

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        Ioannis Arvanitis 2 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

        This game that we call life is a wonderful adventure because there are co-players like you, my brother John! Thank you for this Lightful piece of your great Heart!

        Sean

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        Dana Tate 2 weeks ago from LOS ANGELES

        Pretty nice!

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        Chris Mills 2 weeks ago from Missoula, Montana through August 2018

        For sure, life doesn’t always go as planned. Play a stronger hand takes everything we’ve got at times. Thanks, John, this is encouraging.

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        Linda Lum 2 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

        John, this was a wonderful way to begin the day. Your verses reminded me of a song that was written many years ago by Jerome Kern and sung by Frank Sinatra.

        "Now nothing's impossible, I've found for when my chin is on the ground,

        I pick myself up, dust myself off, and start all over again.

        Don't lose your confidence if you slip, be grateful for a pleasant trip,

        And pick yourself up, dust off, start over again.

        Work like a soul inspired until the battle of the day is won.

        You may be sick and tired, but you be a man, my son.

        Will you remember the famous men who have to fall to rise again,

        So take a deep breath, pick yourself up, start all over again."

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        Eric Dierker 2 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Loved the song by Bruno and the poem. There is a notion that there is not greater love but to lay down life for another. I am contextualizing that.

        As I am now leaning that inspiring others may be greater in many senses. You lift me up friend. I am grateful.

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        Ann Carr 2 weeks ago from SW England

        This is inspirational, John. I especially like the penultimate verse. The whole poem is full of hope and encouragement. Superb!

        Ann

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        Frank Atanacio 2 weeks ago from Shelton

        Jodah, I found this uplifting.. kind of felt my week dragging, because My Mets Loss 5 in a row, My cat ate my pet hamster.. my neighbors wife made a pass at me.. we were playing football .. not the pass you're thinking of... oh and I dropped the ball so we loss the two hand touch football... I loss my tennis match this past Sunday.. and I really did my best to beat this eight year old girl... In other words.. this poetry kind of lifted my spirits... thank you.. Back to practice, and this time I'm taking her DOWN!

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        Hari Prasad S 2 weeks ago from Bangalore

        Inspirations lines for every day in the morning John. Thanks.

        - Hari

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