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Twisted and Intertwined

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically he just loves to write.

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It often surprises me that when I am halfway through, or about to publish, a poem article, or story, I get notification of a new article by someone I follow that has the same theme or is coincidentally relevant to my own in some way. This occasion is no exception, especially in regard to the poem Intertwined.

As I stated in my introduction, I have been going through a case of overload, trying to juggle family life with its constant challenges, trying to cram in more travelling and experiences, as well as my reading and writing responsibilities.

Well, it so happens that my dear friend and fellow hubber Chris Mills (cam8510) wrote and published an article titled “A New, Realistic Look at the HubPages Experience.” In this article, Chris touches on one of the very things I had been battling with. I commented on what Chris wrote and he gave me some very relevant and caring advice in return. If you haven’t already I recommend you have a read of Chris’s article and give your opinion of the question he poses.

Image by Mabel Amber, still incognito... from Pixabay

Image by Mabel Amber, still incognito... from Pixabay


Take a look at the world with eyes wide open.

What do you see? Be truthful.

Is this the paradise you envisaged?

Stop turning a blind eye to attrocities and wrongs,

Take a stand for what is right.

Earth depends on your moral standards.

Don’t be a denier, make a difference.

Image by MetsikGarden from Pixabay

Image by MetsikGarden from Pixabay


Initially, I was bemused,

Never quite groping the situation.

Today I have spent in contemplation.

Everyone else just seems amused.

Reassuring though that may be,

Thoughts always go their own way.

When is it right to work, and when to play?

I wish I had the insight to see.

No one could offer me sage advice,

Even my family and longtime friends

Despite my trying to tie up all loose ends.

(Then Chris came along. Thanks, my friend)

Image by Kerstin Riemer from Pixabay

Image by Kerstin Riemer from Pixabay

Off the Shelf

Yes, I have returned to my trusty bookshelves for inspiration. This one is a little different though, in that I have selected, not one, but two books.

The first a gripping collection of short stories by none other than Jeffery Deever called Twisted, and the second, wait for it.. a craft book titled Intertwined, (the Art of Handspun Yarn) actually from my wife’s collection. Kathy assures me it is a wonderful resource and tells you all you need to know about spinning and using your own yarn.

From the back cover of Twisted: ”Instantly gripping and impossible to put down, this collection of short stories will take your breath away time and time again.”

I thought the titles of the two books fit really well together and so decided to write acrostic poems using both of them.

© 2019 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 06, 2019:

Thanks for visiting this, Lawrence. I am glad this gave you an idea moving forward with your ‘Spaceship Earth’ series (which just reminds me I haven’t read the latest chapter.) I also agree with the statement in the second paragraph of your comment.. solutions are usually obvious if you are willing to look outside the box.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on July 06, 2019:


I just came from Chris' article and thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved the poem here, and interestingly enough it kind of hits on where I wanted to go with my 'Spaceship Earth' series.

But rather than just looking at the problems I think we have some solutions available to us that while very costly, they're also very obvious for those who'll 'think outside the box' a bit.

Loved the way you wove the two together.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 15, 2019:

What a beautiful orchestral version. Thank you for sharing, Eric.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 14, 2019:

I would not be a man lest I played that Clarinet chair.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 13, 2019:

That is so so true Dianna. A lot of people seem to have tunnel vision, unfortunately. Thank you for reading.

Dianna Mendez on April 13, 2019:

We should all open our eyes to see beyond the chaos. Our world would indeed be a better place!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 02, 2019:

Thank you for confirming Chris’s advice Shauna. We do what we can, and can’t do any more. We just need to know our limitations. Thank you My Friend.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 02, 2019:

John, I read Chris's advice to you in the article you mentioned above. He's right. We can't do everything all the time. We need to set priorities. Family and health come first. Work life comes second and everything else is a step behind that. You know it. I know it. Those who don't understand just don't get it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 31, 2019:

Hi Alyssa, I hope you are enjoying you Sunday, it is already Monday here in Australia. Yes, it does seem a common theme, life I see a juggling act. Thank you for reading.

Alyssa from Ohio on March 31, 2019:

What interesting poems! I think this is a common theme in life. I, too, struggle with trying to keep up with everything and everyone. I enjoyed reading these. Happy Sunday! :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 30, 2019:

Thank you Li-Jen. Yes, just trying my hand at a little acrostic poetry. Thank you for reading, and appreciating.

Li-Jen Hew on March 30, 2019:

Hi Jodah. Interesting poems. Clever how you use the alphabets of Twisted and Intertwined to start your poems. The meaning of the poem goes well with the theme too. The last line is my favourite, "tie up all loose ends". Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 30, 2019:

Hi Mary, Thank you for reading. People think life will be quiet and much more relaxing when they retire. It doesn’t always work out that way does it? I guess you have more choice of what you do to fill your life though. You still need to find that perfect balance between activities and relaxation. Thank you for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 30, 2019:

Hello brother Sean. Yes, it does seem that Chris, you, and I (and a number of others who have commented) are going through a similar dilemma of trying to devote time to writing, reading, and commenting here as well as their “real life” challenges.

It seems that we inspire each other through our writing so it is important that we continue to find the tone to do that, so I too pray that we can find a perfect balance for our juggling act.

I wasn’t sure the Twisted Sister video would be everyone’s taste as it is quite confronting, but it has a strong message and I always liked it. May the light always guide you too.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on March 30, 2019:

I was just talking to a friend earlier and though we're both retired, ourlives are still busy and we decided no longer to add to the challenges of everyday. The day itself has enough challenge, at least, for me. I'm glad I'm not the only one so I can relate well to your poem.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on March 30, 2019:

Excellent, intelligent and powerful! I love your poetry, and I think you know it, my dear brother! Your poems are always an inspiration to me and lately for some of my students. You are a voice we all need to hear, so I thank you so much for your dedication to our collective "moral standards." I feel that you, me and Chris are in the same "wavelength". Every day is a "fight" and has ups and downs; we are only humans after all! I pray for balance and integrity for all of us!

May always the Light bless your Heart and your path!


PS: The song (and the video) of TS is one of my favourites, and I think it says a lot...

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 29, 2019:

Thank you for the great comment Shannon. You hit the nail on the head and described the situation perfectly. Sometimes life takes me away from writing for a couple of months. I hate that and feel like I am suffering withdrawal, but it can’t be helped. I can’t be a full time writer, and like you, I have little time or inclination for promotion. So, we do the best we can.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 29, 2019:

Flourish, my eldest son used to always say “How can anything I do make a difference? I am just one person?” Now, he is the first one to take a stand for causes he beoieves in. Yes, we all need to do our bit and if enough others have the same idea or concerns it will make a difference,

Shannon Henry from Texas on March 29, 2019:

Hi John,

Seems like I've been around HP less and less. I noticed yesterday or the day before that my profile said I was last active 11 days ago. Hadn't seemed that long, though. I had a family emergency and an overflow of job related tasks to tend to. As for balancing it all with life, unless I could afford to make writing a full-time gig, I don't see how it's possible for me to perpetually make time for it all. In order to self-publish with any hope of making an income from it, I'd have to also self-promote. I hate the very idea of doing that. Even if I liked purposely making myself the center of attention, I'd have to have the time to invest in it. And yet I enjoy writing. But who has time to socially network or to professionally network that much, that often? We're bound to fall away sometimes no matter how well-intentioned we are. Some will take it personally as if the author does not care about the readers and others will stay loyal. I suppose it's a reflection of relationships in life. People can be quite fickle as they change and grow or are just plain petty. Others are loyal and consistent with loyalty even when life does not always allow for consistency with everything else.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 29, 2019:

Well done. Each day you can hope to spread a positive message and impact your own part of the world and hope that enough others do the same to enact real widespread change.

Suzie from Carson City on March 28, 2019:

Too late, Jodah....I'm hooked. BTW, If you & your lovely wife adopt me as an "extra" Gramma....would that make me an Aussie? I'll have the papers drawn up!! LOL

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 28, 2019:

Hey hey, Paula. Be careful you don't overdose...lol. We Aussies can become addictive. Not sure how to actually write our phonic pronunciation of the word "mate." I guess "G'day Maayet" could goo close. Thanks for the kind comment.

Suzie from Carson City on March 28, 2019:

Jodah....Seems the common thread in the comment section is to express to you how beautifully you are successful at turning "Life" and it's realities into lovely, meaningful poetry. I couldn't agree more!

Oh....yeah..."G'day, Mate!" ( or should I say, "Mite!?" ) LOL. I'm obsessed with your people and so many sweet things about them.

Peace, Paula

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 28, 2019:

Great to see you PoetikalyAnointed. Yes, writing, and all that goes with it, can take its toll on all of us from time to time. Other responsibilities sometimes have to be given priority and you just need to step away to refresh and refocus. Thanks for your supportive comment, and yes, I will hang in there. Take care yourself.

PoetikalyAnointed on March 28, 2019:

Hi John,

It's been a little bit sense I've read your work and you didn't disappoint!

Your Acrostics are just Fabulous and I certainly get your dilemma here. I was M.I.A for almost a month for the same reasons. We can't control when Life want's to dictate what we do, despite our obligations. I said, go with it. I've noticed how draining writing truly is. Sometimes, we all need a healthy break from it!

Hang in there!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

Thanks, Gabe. What more can I ask?

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 27, 2019:

Thank you John for the poems.They made me interested.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

Hello Eric, I try to include everyone in my poetry, article, or whatever I write. I must admit that I always hope you and Gabe will get something valuable out of it though. Sure, let him decipher my words here and I look forward to reading his “sage” advice. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

Haha thanks MsDora. Yes, I was very crafty with this one wasn’t I? Thank you as always for the encouragement.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

Thanks Mike. That sounds silly but it is so true, “we can only do what we can do.” I am glad I was able to portray my thoughts clearly. I wasn’t sure about “Intertwined.”

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

Hi Rinita. I am lucky to have such made such great friends here, you and Chris among them. Thank you for always being there and reading my work. I am happy that you loved these poems.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

It is always great to have you read and comment on my work Shaloo. Thank you so much. Glad you enjoyed.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on March 27, 2019:

John you are a treasure for sure. You write with eloquence and style but never leave my son and I out of the loop. Richness is Jodah. I am intentionally not forming any ideas here. Gabriel will give them to me. I hope he will have the common courtesy to leave you a note.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on March 27, 2019:

Even the way you get your titles is crafty. Your production is always excellent. Thank you so much modeling good art.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on March 27, 2019:

Hello John - We can only do what we can do. You decide. I decide. Sometimes we may feel a little guilty as we rush by. You have a knack for turning your thoughts into poetry. As always your message is clear.

Rinita Sen on March 27, 2019:

I loved the acrostic poems. Yet to read Chris's article, but yes, I do believe in friends giving sound advice when all else fails.

Shaloo Walia from India on March 27, 2019:

Beautifully penned verses with some valuable advice...loved them!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

Kaili, I am so glad you loved these poems. Thanks for your comment, and yes please check out Chris's hub.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

Thank you Md, I always appreciate your positive comments. Glad my poetry makes you think :)

Kaili Bisson from Canada on March 27, 2019:

Love both of these John, very well crafted. And I will also seek out Chris :-)

Velcro on March 27, 2019:

How beautifully have you crafted these verses on the two words !!!John, your poetry always meddles with my mind in such a positive way that I always admire them and get inspired....Thanks for sharing :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

Ruby, I do try to write poetry that makes the reader question things so I am glad it makes you think. My desire to travel has only recently, but most of it will be within Australia. Yes, terrorists certainly could be described as "twisted."

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

Hi Elijah, thanks for your insightful comment too. Yes, we need to look at things with our analyzing minds rather than just our eyes. Often when I am questioning something and looking for answers Eric Dierker comes along with an appropriate sermon, this time it was Chris Mills. It never fails to amaze me.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on March 27, 2019:

Your poetry always makes me think, this one is no exception. If we let the world news interfere with our life completely, sad it would be. I must admit that traveling is not my favorite pastime anymore. The terrorist care nothing about killing families. I might say that they are TWISTED....

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

Thanks for reading Bill. I agree with Chris and you entirely, commenting should be purely voluntary and not expected. Like you though, I do believe in responding to everyone who does.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on March 27, 2019:

I enjoyed them both, John.

As for "Twisted" I believe we not only need to look with wise open eyes but our "reasoning minds" if we are to understand what we are looking at. The eyes only see while an analyzing mind will understand why it be.

"Intertwined" is a prime example what our "reasoning minds" see. It shows the interconnectedness of minds when we are in search of a "sage's" advice, if we send out a sincere request for guidance it can bring to someone to fulfill that request.

Thanks for sharing it.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on March 27, 2019:

Loved your poetry, but that's nothing new. As for Chris, he's right on. Commenting is not a requirement at HP, and should not be seen as such.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

I greatly appreciate your comment Harish. Yes, the world is full of challenges and we have to handle them the best way we can.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

Thanks, Clive. Yes, it is like mine too....well, it is mine in fact.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 27, 2019:

Pamela, thank you for being the first to read this and also for your insightful words. Yes, we can only do our best and try to be good people. That's what is important in the end.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on March 27, 2019:

John , I enjoyed reading these two beautiful poems. The world at large and our own world keep throwing so many challenges at us. You so marvelously created poetry out of all that. It 's really awesome.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on March 27, 2019:

This is like my mind.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 27, 2019:

I read Chris's article, and I agree that sometimes it is difficult to respond to each person. Some weeks are better than others. I think your poetry speaks to all our lives when we get so busy that we must prioritze our time.

We can only do the best that we can. We can be kind and thoughtful, but we also have to take care of ourselves John.

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