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Just a Random Poem!

Updated on January 17, 2017
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

"The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers." Lewis Thomas
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Why Write This?

That is a good question! Well, I am tempted to answer, "Just because!" In fact, that was my preferred title but unfortunately it as already taken.

I usually write poetry with a specific message or lesson in mind that I want to get people to read. That was not the case with this poem. I just needed to write something and despite my urging, my muse didn't come up with any ideas. Luckily there is a category for "nonsense poems" where this piece of writing can comfortably fit.

Sometimes I manage to convey a message without actually trying, so if that is the case and you actually get something from this poem, that is great. If not, well it won't take you long to read this so you won't lose much of your day :)

A wind chime (for no reason)
A wind chime (for no reason) | Source

Just a Random Poem

This is just a random poem,

No message does it preach.

It won't win any accolades,

Few readers will it reach.


It's just to quench my thirst to write

Even though I've nought to say.

Unless I've written down some words

It seems like a wasted day.

Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me, it's the oil of life. John Betjeman
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Poetry's a funny thing,

The rules are there to break,

Unless you write specific form

But that makes my head ache.


Free verse seems so popular,

Especially in this day.

It gives the writer latitude

To do it all their way.

It is better to take up a pen than an axe.
It is better to take up a pen than an axe. | Source

I sometimes give free verse a try

But prefer to write in rhyme.

It helps add structure to my poems,

And seems to take less time.


When life gets tough or stressful,

And obstacles cause grief,

I just sit down and write a poem.

That gives me some relief.

So maybe that's the reason

I write this poem today,

I'm stressed, depressed, and anxious,

Let's chase those things away.


For anyone who read these words

I thank you from my heart.

I hope it didn't waste your time,

Of that I shan't be part.

Some people think I'm nuts
Some people think I'm nuts | Source

© 2017 John Hansen

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a nice comment, Shauna. Glad I cleaned my teeth this morning :) Have a lovely weekend.

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      Shauna L Bowling 11 months ago from Central Florida

      John, for you, writing poetry is as vital to life as each breath you take.

      Thank you for breathing on us today! I enjoyed it.

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I always appreciate your comments, Chitrangada. Yes, there certainly is a category for "nonsense poems." I think I have a couple listed there :) Have a great weekend.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 11 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Even when you composed a random poem, ' Just like that' --It came out so well.

      I didn't know there is any such category such as, nonsense poems!!

      As always I enjoyed your work! Thank you!

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      John Hansen 11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a great comment, Missy. You really described how I feel about writing poetry, formatting etc. I like being different as well, and I agree, "normal is boring." We do seem to be soul mates in a lot of ways. Poetry is meant to express the poets feelings and emotions and being restricted to strict form and categorising it tends to restrict that. I have had poetry rejected from editors of poetry publications because they said it "didn't have perfect form." Do 't ever change the way you write poetry and be tied down. Glad you got something out of this. Have a great day/night.

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      Missy Smith 12 months ago from Florida

      It definitely didn't waste my time! I'm all about "just because." I "did" get something out of this, and I believe others should too. It still opened my thoughts to what you were going through this day, and they were things others certainly can relate to.

      I like rhyme/lyrical poetry. I think I write this way most of the time myself. I don't like categorically placing my poems in a certain format. I think, and this is just my opinion, that it sometimes ruins the beauty of the process. I believe you write it as it comes to you. Afterwards, you look back, and if you feel it belongs in a certain category type, then place it as such, but if not, it's just as effective and important; maybe more so for me. I like being different! lol...

      If I was judged on the way I construct a poem, or the way I categorize it, I don't even want to write it. People who do this do not get the purity of putting inner thoughts and feelings down on paper. They don't know how to dig deep. They just want to be normal! Normal is boring! ;)

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and for the kind comment, bodylevive. Glad you can relate to this.

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      BODYLEVIVE 12 months ago from Alabama, USA

      Love that poem and the sense of humor! I know just what you mean when you say pick up a pen instead of an axe. This is my get away too!

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Martie, great to see a comment from you. I am also glad this poem struck a chord with you, my fellow writer. Have a great week.

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      Martie Coetser 12 months ago from South Africa

      I know exactly what you mean with -

      "It's just to quench my thirst to write

      Even though I've nought to say.

      Unless I've written down some words

      It seems like a wasted day."

      This poem pulled the strings in the soul of this obsessive compulsive writer!

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Vellur. I appreciate that kind sentiment. Have a great day.

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      Nithya Venkat 12 months ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed reading your poem and I hope the sun soon shines your way and lifts up your spirits.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Aw Dana. Thank you for that lovely comment.

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      Dana Tate 12 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      Nothing you create is ever a waste of time.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey, thank you, Flourish. I hoped it wouldn't be a waste of time. I appreciate you reading.

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      FlourishAnyway 12 months ago from USA

      I liked your random just because verse. Not a waste of time.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Very glad to hear that, Coffeequeeen. Thank you for reading this and commenting. I greatly appreciate it.

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      Louise Powles 12 months ago from Norfolk, England

      It didn't waste my time. I enjoyed reading your poem. =)

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see you, MizB. I hope the hand is healing ok so you can once again pick up the axe and chop sine wood. Thanks for enjoying this poem of mine.

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      MizBejabbers 12 months ago

      So glad I stumbled on to this, John. I've been off the computer for a few days nursing an infected hand. This kind of expresses my feelings because there's no way I can pick up an ax right now. Love your random thoughts.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I haven't heard that phrase in ages, Mike, but it remains a good one.. "Rhyme and reason" what more do I need? you are right. Much appreciated.

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      mckbirdbks 12 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello John - That had everything a poem needs. Two of which are Rhyme and Reason . Bravo

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      Sakina Nasir 12 months ago from Kuwait

      Yes. I think so too! You're most welcome. :)

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Sakina, it seems that quote "It is better to take up a pen than an axe." is a popular one with readers. Thank you for the kind comment and your continued support.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Genna. It's funny how even when you start writing with no intention of delivering any message, one finds it's way in.

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      Sakina Nasir 12 months ago from Kuwait

      Jodah, the poem is lovely as usual. Though it is random, it gives a good message about dealing with stress. Also, I loved the quote, "It is better to take up a pen than an axe."

      Great job! Looking forward to reading more poems. :)

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      Genna East 12 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Hi John. "Just Because." I like that title, too. And nonsense poems are among my favorites. :-)

      "It gives the writer latitude

      To do it all their way."

      I love this poem and how you incorporate rhyme into a message that is both creative and so clever! Well done.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Caroline. Thanks for reading and the great comment. Glad you feel the same way about formal poetry.

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      Caroline Marie 12 months ago

      Hi John,

      This is a great poem. I feel the same way about getting a head ache from the structure of formal poetry. LOL. This poem is funny and sweet. :)

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey, thank you, Madeleine. I do a few crazy things now and then. Glad you liked the poem and photo captions.

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      Madeleine Clays 12 months ago from United States

      Yes, writing is a wonderful outlet indeed, and your poem expresses this wonderfully. I loved your "random" photos and the words beneath them -especially, "It is better to take up a pen than an axe."

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      MsDora, it is good to be inspiring without even trying :) So glad you got two messages out of this. I hope others do too. Thanks for reading as always.

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      Dora Weithers 12 months ago from The Caribbean

      The message for me is that poetry (or writing in general) can be cathartic for the writer. Another message is that I shouldn't be discouraged when my Muse wanders off, since yours do too. Surely, I'm not the only one inspired by your honest, meaningful lines. Thanks.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Sam. Glad you enjoyed this.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the kind comment, Tim. Sometimes conforming to poetic structure is a hindrance to creativity. Although I have written, and quite enjoyed the challenge of writing sonnets and haiku for example. I couldn't do it all the time however or I'd go crazier than I already am. Yes, maybe you need to follow a different muse. I hope to read a new poem from you soon.

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      Sam Tumblin 12 months ago from Eunice, La.

      Nice random poem enjoyed reading it.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for your constant support, Ruby. Much appreciated.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ann, I am happy this has inspired you and thanks for confirming that writing can relieve stress. I can't wait to read a new hub by you.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Nell, thanks for confirming that I'm not the only crazy one :) Glad I didn't waste your time. Cheers.

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      Tim Mitchell 12 months ago from Escondido, CA

      Awesome poetry that speaks to my heart. BTW . . . I say poetry in the sense it is both the poem and the poet bringing life to words speaking to whom hears. I hear you John and hope I can emulate you soon. I seem to be stuck on structure and lost a bit and a byte of whimsical, magical, and mystical. Perhaps a different muse is whispering and I miss a former muse . . .

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 12 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh man, I know soooo well the urge to write and the lazy muse is taking a vacation. You didn't waste my time. I really liked your rhyme.

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      Ann Carr 12 months ago from SW England

      Certainly not a waste of time, John! I too find that writing poetry, or just about anything actually, takes my stresses away, maybe because it makes you concentrate on the word itself and all else fades into the background.

      You've inspired me to write a quick something; an excuse to publish because I haven't done so for a while....!

      Ann

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      Nell Rose 12 months ago from England

      Didn't waste my time, I love your poem! lol! I tend to talk this way sometimes when I am nattering on to my family, I suddenly go into poem so we are on the same level John! LOL!

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, I greatly appreciate that. You do the best you can with the talents you are given. You can't be the greatest novelist nobody ever heard of and the best poet :)

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Eric. I am sure I have heard the term "Blue Monday" but the meaning of it eludes me. Cheers.

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      Bill Holland 12 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Like I said yesterday, John, in an earlier comment, I just wish I had an ounce of your poetic talent and just once I could write a poem like this.

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      Eric Dierker 12 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Blue Monday. It is a strange concept but apparently there is some reason to it.

      I very much like this poem. But I lean toward random.

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha, thank you, Jo. That must have been a very wise person who said that.

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      Jo Miller 12 months ago from Tennessee

      This seems to me a fine way to combat stress and depressions. To quote a fine person: "It's better to take up a pen than an axe".

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      John Hansen 12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for caring, Lori. A couple of things we were looking forward to have just fallen through leaving my wife and I rather depressed. I will hang in there however.

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      Lori Colbo 12 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      No time wasted John. There was actually a lot of heart and substance and it blessed me. I so relate to needing to write when depressed and anxious. Hang in there. Thanks for sharing.