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This Game That We Call Life - 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.

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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.

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

© 2018 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 11, 2019:

Thank you so much Gupi. It makes me happy to know you found this uplifting. Thank you for following me also. Have a great day.

Gupi on June 11, 2019:

A very inspiring and uplifting poem. It has made me feel a lot more positive by just reading it. Thank you very much for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 09, 2019:

Eric, try my poem "It's Great to Be..." I don't think you have read it yet.

https://letterpile.com/poetry/Its-Great-to-Be-a-Po...

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 09, 2019:

That's great Eric. There are plenty to choose from...depends what message you are after.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 08, 2019:

John I now need to find more of yours as the boy is getting it. We did this twice and you could see the light click. Thank you for helping to form a life.Poetry is a gift that reminds of our duty to write.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 08, 2019:

Good for you Gabe, there is no ladder or set of steps too high.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 08, 2019:

Thank you for your poem.I will step up in life.

GABE

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 08, 2019:

Lisette, your visit is much appreciated. I know what the demands of being a parent entails, so you certainly are forgiven for not reading my work in awhile. Yes, I am Jodah, but for some reason, HubPages likes to show our real names here. Thank you for reading this.

Lissette from Central Florida on March 08, 2019:

Hello John Hansen, I remember you as Jodah! This was a bright read. I have not read you in a while... using mom life as a valid excuse.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 13, 2019:

Thank you Steve. I am glad you found this poem optimistic. Some of my writing is on the darker side, so I hope to outweigh that with more uplifting work like this.

S P Austen from Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada on February 13, 2019:

A nice, optimistic poem, John!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on September 05, 2018:

Thanks for reading this poem, Rinita. Unfortunately, the other was unpublished due to duplication. I had published it elsewhere but thought I deleted it and tried to republish here but that obviously didn’t work. I will either try to change it competely or delete and write something else.

Rinita Sen on September 05, 2018:

Your new poem seems unavailable for some reason, the one you published today. So I came to read one of your old ones.

I like the concept of no glass being half empty, in this inspirational piece.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 03, 2018:

Hello, Audrey. I always appreciate your comments on one of my poems. It's nice to know that this could be possibly put to music and that you found the message positive and powerful. Much appreciated.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on July 03, 2018:

A positive, powerful message in perfect rhyme. The meter itself sets the standard for music. Thanks, John. I always look forward to your creative poetry.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 03, 2018:

Thank you for reading this poem and for the kind comment, Sanaa. Yes, I love that song too.

Sanaa Najim from Morocco on July 03, 2018:

Really i like your poem it's very beautiful and thank you for the song it's a great one

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 14, 2018:

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.

manatita44 from london on June 14, 2018:

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!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 08, 2018:

Thank you MsDora. I greatly apprecoate your comment

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 08, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 08, 2018:

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.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on June 08, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 07, 2018:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 07, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 07, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 07, 2018:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 07, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 07, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 07, 2018:

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

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 07, 2018:

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.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on June 07, 2018:

Beautiful message John,

I hope with every pitch

you hit a home-run

until your game of life is won

~~~~~

Blessings my friend

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on June 07, 2018:

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.

Li-Jen Hew on June 07, 2018:

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! :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 07, 2018:

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

Val Karas from Canada on June 06, 2018:

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

Suzie from Carson City on June 06, 2018:

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

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on June 06, 2018:

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

FlourishAnyway from USA on June 06, 2018:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 06, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 06, 2018:

Thank you, Dana.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 06, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 06, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 06, 2018:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 06, 2018:

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

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 06, 2018:

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.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 06, 2018:

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

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on June 06, 2018:

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

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on June 06, 2018:

Pretty nice!

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on June 06, 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.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 06, 2018:

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."

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 06, 2018:

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.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 06, 2018:

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

Ann

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 06, 2018:

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!

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on June 06, 2018:

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

- Hari