John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.
Ann Carr's Challenge
In her recent article "Around the Corners: Poetry Inspired by Patricia Scott's Words, and a Challenge!" Ann Carr wrote as follows:
"Patricia Scott, a fellow hubber, thinks that 'writing poetry takes a special talent' which she describes as:
a way to see around the corners and over the hills and under the seas and through the wind
— Patricia Scott
Patricia said she could not write poetry - I beg to differ! Those words convey such insight and depth of feeling, especially ‘through the wind’.
Choose one (or more) of the four criteria above and write about it - poem or prose. You have my permission to use any of the above photos, should you wish, as long as it is for this sole purpose and that you attribute them to me please. Of course, you could use any pertinent inspirational photos of your own choosing."
I chose to write the following poem called "What Awaits Around the Corner" as my response to the challenge.
What Waits Around the Corner?
What waits around the corner
That our eyes cannot yet see?
It could be something wonderful
Or dangers you must flee.
And we may climb the steepest hill
To see the other side.
There may be something better there
Than we have in our lives.
Or do you ever wonder
What lies beneath the sea,
At the bottom on the ocean floor,
Unobserved by you and me?
Will you push on through the wind
Blowing with cyclonic force,
To persevere no matter what,
Maintaining your straight course?
Be brave and fearless, take a risk,
Explore the great unknown.
You only have one life to live
March forward on your own.
So, turn the corner, scale that hill,
Dive underneath the sea.
Push through the wind that blows so strong,
Say, “What will be, will be!”
© 2020 John Hansen