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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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Image by modi74 from Pixabay


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.

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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