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What Waits Around the Corner?~ a Writing Challenge

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

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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.


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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?

Image by DarkWorkX from Pixabay

Image by DarkWorkX from Pixabay


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!”

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay

© 2020 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 26, 2020:

Thank you Anupam. Much appreciated. Glad you like the pic.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on June 26, 2020:

Wow! What a picture you have chosen for your sweet poem! Great work

manatita44 from london on June 01, 2020:

Haha. Lol. Yes, I found you. Hubpages has played up in the past and I have gotten used to going directly to the Hubber. Praise be!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 01, 2020:

Thank you for your kind words manatita. Hmm, thanks for letting me know the link didn't work but I guess there is not much I can do about that now. At least you found me.

manatita44 from london on June 01, 2020:

In terms of 'what waits around the corner', you have done a wonderful job!

The picture itself is rich in splendour and most certainly appealing!

I couldn't get the link to work, so I found you the usual way. Happy Whitsun Monday.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 25, 2020:

Yes, Chris, proposing is a big deal in the throwing caution to the wind stakes. Thanks for reading, my friend.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on May 25, 2020:

Throw caution to the wind. I've done it a few times in my life, John. It seems to pay off. Simply choosing to ask Sandy to marry me turned out to be a monumental decision. Best choice I ever made. Great poem that encourages us to step out and take the chance.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 15, 2020:

Thanks Jo, yes I feel we need to be positive no matter what.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on May 15, 2020:

Very fitting poem for these times when many of us are wondering what awaits us around the corner.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 15, 2020:

Thank you Greg. I appreciate you reading and your generous comment.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on May 15, 2020:

John - nicely done! A great response to Ann's challenge and, more importantly, a great message of positivity: push ahead, que sera sera!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 15, 2020:

Thank you Brenda. Glad you liked this and the message. You should try your hand at this challenge too.,

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 15, 2020:

You did a great job writing this one!

There is always something lingering around the corner.

Pushing ahead to get to it gives us hope.

You have only one life to live...this line is a favorite of mine. One has to embrace the life he has and enjoy each moment.

Great write. I love prompts too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 14, 2020:

Thank you so much, Lora. I feel at this time in history we all need to be inspired to stay strong and be positive that we can overcome and achieve anything we set our mind to. It is too easy to become negative with everything occurring around us. Blessings.

Lora Hollings on May 14, 2020:

I love this poem, John. It really has the can-do mindset! We all need to have that belief that we can overcome- especially now with this pandemic. Hopefully, we will turn a corner or climb this steep hill and come to a much better understanding of our place in time and it will make us stronger, wiser and appreciate our lives more. You certainly aced this challenge with poetic grace and a survivor's grit!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 13, 2020:

Thank you, Lorna. I wanted this poem to offer people “hope and courage” so I am glad it does that. I am sure we will emerge from the grips of this pandemic soon.

Lorna Lamon on May 13, 2020:

So true John you will never know what life has in store for you until you turn that corner. I'm hoping we will turn this corner soon and we can all take that second breath. An inspirational piece full of hope and courage.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 13, 2020:

Nell, we do need as much “positive” as we can get at present time and to try to stay motivated in spite of this virus and the fear, restrictions and disruptions it has caused. We will overcome. Thank you for reading.

Nell Rose from England on May 13, 2020:

Yes, what will be will be. Love this John. And definitely one for our times. We all need the motivation to keep on going in these times.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 12, 2020:

Thank you Rinita. I do love these challenges, they provide a prompt that you may otherwise not have thought of.

Rinita Sen on May 12, 2020:

I'm glad you found time to do the challenge. This poem is filled with positivity and written in your familiar flowing style. It encourages the reader to take the leap of faith. Sometimes we need that motivation.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 12, 2020:

Venkatachari, thank you for your generous comment. I am happy you enjoyed the poem and images.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on May 12, 2020:

A beautiful poem with a nice message. The photos and the video are excellent, suiting to your work.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 11, 2020:

Thank you Peg. I thought the Doris Day song worked well at the end with the last line of the poem. Thank you or the generous comment on the poem and images.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on May 11, 2020:

I love that song by Doris Day, and it was the perfect ending to your excellent poem. The images you chose were also perfect. Good job!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 11, 2020:

I have to agree totally with your observation in regard to the psych of writers and how we stand out from the wider community, Kyler. I am also glad those lines resonated. Thank you for the generous comment in regard to this poem.

Kyler J Falk from Corona, CA on May 11, 2020:

"Be brave and fearless, take a risk,

Explore the great unknown.

You only have one life to live

March forward on your own."

These lines were my favorite, they express so much and resonate through every part of me and my life. As poets, writers, creators we all take a risk with every piece, every interaction, and every endeavor; I'd say we are a breed apart as far as the depth in which we experience the world and the emotions which we apply to every topic. Yet at the end of the day we are the strongest support we have, just as much as we are our own harshest critic, and on we march.

An excellent piece here, John, absolutely wonderful!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 11, 2020:

Thank you Shauna. Glad you approve of this outlook. Gotta love Doris Day, especially this song.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 11, 2020:

John, I love this outlook on life and mastering one's own destiny. I had to smile when I saw the Doris Day video. I used to sing "Que Sera Sera" to my son when I rocked him to sleep at night.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2020:

Yes, Bill. It is sad that so many people seem to have no purpose in their lives, or desire. Thank you, my friend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 10, 2020:

I see so many aimless people on any given day. I wish I could inject them with this message. Well done my friend!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2020:

Flourish, I am a forever optimist so I am really hopeful that will happen and the world will emerge different, but better than before in many aspects. We have to be positive in that belief.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2020:

Hi Rosina, yes, I hoped I could work all of the criteria into one poem and pull it off. I am glad it worked. Thank you for your generous comment.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 10, 2020:

Some say that this period could spark tremendous innovation. Your poem certainly hints at that notion, a brighter tomorrow. Time shall tell.

Rosina S Khan on May 10, 2020:

What is amazing about your poem, John, is that you cover all the four criteria gracefully. You not only met the challenge but also rose above it wonderfully.I really loved it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2020:

Thank you Pamela. You are too kind. I always like your comments too.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 10, 2020:

You met the challenge beautifully, as always. I really liked your poem, John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2020:

Cheers Umesh. Thank you for reading and commenting.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2020:

Thank you, Charlie. Greatly appreciated.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on May 10, 2020:

Beautiful composition.

Chardie Cat from Northern Mindanao, Philippines on May 10, 2020:

Beautiful, Jodah. I love it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2020:

Thank you Liz. What a wonderful comment. I love having a poem described as being iconic with a distinctive message that needs to be read out loud. Much appreciated.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 10, 2020:

This is one of those iconic poems that, as I read it, I can hear someone reading it out loud. It has a deep and distinctive message and a very readable rhythm to it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2020:

Tiyasha, thank you for your wonderful comment. Yes, perseverance is needed but we will emerge victorious you wait and see.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2020:

Val, my friend, I am pleased that the song Que Serra, Serra has such significance for you. I have always loved it but was actually looking for a song about turning corners to accompany this poem. Well, I couldn’t find anything I thought appropriate so..”What will be will be” was selected and fit my theme perfectly. Keep seeking those unknowns.

Tiyasha Maitra from Gurgaon on May 10, 2020:

Inspiring and beautifully composed. We must persevere through the clouds and emerge in light. Loved it. What will be is something we must take in spirit.

Val Karas from Canada on May 10, 2020:

John, my friend -- Only you could sound without a tune the way that Doris Day did in "Que serra, serra". As always, amazing poetry, maestro!

I heard the song in my early teens, and the brave spirit behind it maybe added to my decision to emigrate at my age of 23 -- to dive into the Great Unknown of my life -- and now, your poem is so beautifully confirming the value of that motto "Que serra, serra!" while my quest into the unknowns never really stopped.

Thank you!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2020:

Thank you so much Ann. I enjoyed writing this for the challenge and am glad you approve. I hope there are more responses.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2020:

Hi Ruby. I am glad you agree with my sentiment about braving the unseen and not going through life fearful. All the best.

Ann Carr from SW England on May 10, 2020:

I love it, John! What a great response to my challenge; you've covered all the parameters and more!

You are the first to rise to the challenge, as far as I know, so thank you.

Ann

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 10, 2020:

You teach us courage in your thought provoking rhyme, and I agree, we only have one life to live here on earth, so let's discover the unseen.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 10, 2020:

Thank you so much Chatra. What a wonderful comment.

CHATRA RAM from BARMER INDIA on May 10, 2020:

Amazing Writing