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Utopia, a Poem

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

Nowa Huta in Kraków, Poland, serves as an unfinished example of a Utopian ideal city. (photo by Piotr Tomaszewski, fly4pix.pl - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 pl)

Nowa Huta in Kraków, Poland, serves as an unfinished example of a Utopian ideal city. (photo by Piotr Tomaszewski, fly4pix.pl - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0 pl)

Utopia - a place of state of ideal perfection

— The Macquarie Dictionary

Utopia

Does there exist a perfect place,

The ideal society,

Where no one lives in poverty

And basic needs are free?


A place where all are equal,

Where there is no crime or greed.

Where everyone can follow

A clearly stated creed.


A society where all have jobs

Or make things they can share,

And there is no need for money,

Free school, health, and aged care.


This place has no economy,

There is no rich or poor.

where no one owns a weapon,

And no need to lock your door.


Where everybody has a home,

A roof over their head,

And everyone is welcome

To share the wine and bread.


Where no one's seen as different,

Nor judged by coloured skin,

But everyone contributes

With what they can put in.


Where diversity is cherished

And new ideas embraced,

So all citizens have input

In the running of this place.


Is this the famed Utopia

That man has often sought,

Or just some golden chalice

Our hopes and dreams to thwart?


Oh, how I wish for such a place,

Though it's probably pipe-dreams,

For the reality is not so kind

As good as all this seems.


For people are so different,

One bad seed can spoil a crop.

Then everything can tumble down,

Bring perfection to a stop.


But, I will not give up the hope

That one day we shall see

A perfect world for everyone,

And "what will be, will be!"


New Harmony by F. Bate (View of a Community, as proposed by Robert Owen) printed 1838.

New Harmony by F. Bate (View of a Community, as proposed by Robert Owen) printed 1838.

© 2019 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 10, 2019:

Thank you for reading Tim. Much appreciated.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on March 10, 2019:

excellent poem about utopias, John. I appreciate it.

Tim

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 20, 2019:

I actually changed the video at the bottom. It is now a documentary on Auroville.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 20, 2019:

Yes, Chris, there have been a few attempted Utopia's but most have failed. Google "Auroville" however. It has been going for quite some time and seems to be successful. Yes "Garden of Eden II" could be the basis of a story.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on January 20, 2019:

John, I feel a story coming on. haha. Garden of Eden II.

I visited a utopian society once in the 1970s. It was a conservative religious group that purchased a large building and turned it into apartments, a communal cafeteria, and kitchen. Everyone worked to provide for the group. I believe it was in South Dakota. I don't know what became of it, but I'm sure it went the way of all such groups.

Good message in some awesome poetry.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 20, 2019:

It is my pleasure Sean. Actually, my research shows this place may already exist. Google “Auroville” a place in southern India. I just saw a video about it that I will share here soon.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on January 20, 2019:

My Heart is grateful for this Hymn, my brother John. I know that this place already exists in our minds and Hearts, and therefore is real! Everything is real there it can be a reality in this world too!

Gratitude!

Sean

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 18, 2019:

We have to dream for something Flourish, even if we get part way there it is better than nothing. Thanks for reading.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 18, 2019:

We're getting further and further from it, I know that. Keep dreaming though. It doesn't hurt.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 14, 2019:

MizB, it's great that the title drew you in. I would much prefer that society or the world as a whole would strive towards the utopian dream as opposed to becoming a dystopia. Without care, the latter may, sadly, be more obtainable. Thank you for the kind words. You are right, utopias may have existed at one stage but unfortunately failed.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 14, 2019:

John, when I saw the title "Utopia" I was hooked. I got really into Utopian and Dystopian novels when I was in college. There is so much to love in your message, and your rhyming is great, too. I think once there may have been utopia on earth in the land of Lemuria and possibly, Atlantis. Too bad the weed seed of greed sprouted and choked out the garden of Eden. ("garden" lowercased intentionally)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 14, 2019:

Yes, Mary, we need something like this to strive for. If everyone wanted peace, harmony and equality I am sure at least that must be possible. Have a great day.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 14, 2019:

Hi PoetikalyAnointed. It is good to be able to dream that such a place is possible even if in reality it may be unattainable. Thank you for reading.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on January 14, 2019:

What a vision, utopic though it is, it is worth dreaming about so we have something to look forward to and not give up in desperation.

PoetikalyAnointed on January 14, 2019:

Utopia, the ultimate dream that most of us would like to see become reality.

I that you for giving us this vision to hold on to whenever needed.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 14, 2019:

Hi Eric, yes you are right..kids and teenagers would certainly make having a perfect society a challenge. Glad you enjoyed this.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on January 14, 2019:

Sign me up, John! If you find it, I'll be on my way.

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

Well they better not have any eight years olds or teenagers there. LoL I always have a problem with community and commonality. I like John Lennon's "Imagine".

I really like this one. I really like your rhyming. Shoot what is here, not to like.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 14, 2019:

I agree, Alyssa, but we can continue to strive to make life as good as possible. Thank you for the kind comment.

Alyssa from Ohio on January 14, 2019:

Another beautiful poem. I don't think Utopia will ever exist, but we can all do our part to make the world a better place.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 14, 2019:

Thank you for your kind comment Chitrangada. A perfect society may not be possible but we can strive for as close to that as possible.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on January 14, 2019:

Beautiful poem and expressed simply, something which we all dream of. We can all hope and work towards achieving this, till we succeed someday. If not the perfect Utopia, something quite close to it.

Thanks for sharing this wonderful poem.

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

Sadly Linda I think you are right. In fact the original Greek meaning for the word translates as “No Place”...this was later misinterpreted or altered to read “Good Place”.....and then changed over time to “perfect place.” I think the original was the true one and the only “perfect place” could be Heaven.

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

Liz, I think you are probably close to the truth there. Maybe Heaven is the only true Utopia.

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

Kim, we need to dream and believe this type of thing is possible. If only mankind was pure enough to allow it to work. Thanks for reading. Blessings.

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

Bill, it is a nice thing to believe it is possible but sadly it isn’t. The closest would probably some primitive tribe that has had no contact with with outsiders..if any still exist.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on January 13, 2019:

John, I must parrot the sentiment of Liz W. This perfect place can never be found here on earth. As long as there are sinful hearts there can be no Utopia.

Liz Westwood from UK on January 13, 2019:

As I read through your great poem, my thoughts turned to heaven. Is this what heaven will be like, only better?

ocfireflies from North Carolina on January 13, 2019:

Imagine! Yes! “Imagine.” Thank You for keeping the vision alive with your poetry. As long as there are those of us dreaming, the hope continues to thrive.

Blessings Always,

Kim

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 13, 2019:

We dreamed of this in college...made plans for it....envisioned ourselves living in such a society...and then reality reasserted itself into our lives. :(

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

you are so right Mike. Chaos and more chaos, especially with Laurel and Hardy. They perfected it.

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

Thank you Bill. I much appreciate you reading this and for your great comment. Yes, we can only hope for the best.

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 13, 2019:

Hello John - A talented survey of the possibility of successful human engineering. Utopia? We are better at chaos. Now, chaos, that is something Laurel and Hardy know about.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on January 13, 2019:

Wonderful poem John. What a perfect place it would be, if only... We live in such an imperfect world, but every day I get up and hope for the best. Have a great day.

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

Yes, Rinita if we didn't have war and crime we wouldn't need armies and cops. Better for everyone as you say. Thank you for reading and commenting as always. There is always hope.

Rinita Sen on January 13, 2019:

I've often wished for utopia, primarily because there would be no need for armies and cops. Don't get me wrong, I respect the fact that they protect us, but instead of hailing their bravery, wouldn't it have been loads better if they were never expected to die for us, better for them, their families, their friends?

Again, beautifully written, my friend, especially liked the fact that you ended with open hope.