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We Can Be Heroes (a Poem About Change and Taking a Stand)

Updated on January 19, 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.

We Can Be Heroes

What is important in your life -

Your family, job, or health?

Success, respect, or happiness,

Or maybe untold wealth?


Do you love your fellow man

Whatever race or creed?

Do you try to do what's right,

Like give to those in need?


Sometimes we need to take a stand,

To think outside the box.

Go where no man's gone before,

Remove the chains and locks.


Most of us have steady jobs

Working nine to five.

Security is what we seek,

Just go on with our lives.


We really need to take a chance,

To risk it on a hunch.

Be daring and do something new,

Give life a bit more punch.


Change is often scary,

We stick to what we know.

But it sometimes is inevitable

If we expect to grow.


We need to act like heroes

To shape tomorrow's world,

Not blindly follow other fools,

Do something new and bold.


Our culture needs upheaval

So society can grow.

Be a light to a new dawn,

Let others see your glow.


Be brave and take the path unwalked,

Speak of the things unsaid,

Write about injustices,

Pave the way ahead.


An artist needs to make a stroke

Or the canvas will stay bare.

A masterpiece awaits his brush,

So paint without a care.


A writer's words can change the world

With hidden truths revealed,

As long as he shows courage

And turns the cards he's dealed.


Teachers also have the power

To create a better world.

They mould and shape the active minds

Of every boy and girl.


So be the diamond in the rough,

Boldly take the lead,

Do what no one's ever done,

You are the change we need.


From little things, the big things grow,

Are words we should embrace.

Hand in hand, and step by step,

We'll create a better place.


Tackle tasks that can't be done,

Stand out from the crowd.

We can be heroes,

In a society of cowards.

© 2016 John Hansen

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      Buildreps 14 months ago from Europe

      Beautiful poem, and so true. You've perfectly said what had to be said. Thanks, John. :)

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      Eric Dierker 14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Inspiring. Bravery is not the absence of fear but the overcoming of it. I just love everyday heroes.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for being the first to read this and also for your encouraging comment Buildreps.

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      Eldon Arsenaux 14 months ago from Cooley, Texas

      Yeah man: "be the change you wish to see in the world". Great poem, put me in a contemplative place, thanks for that Jodah.

      -E.G.A.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Exactly Eric, exactly. Thanks for being brave.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Eldon, contemplation is good for the soul. Your comment reminded me I have to go check out a recent hub by you. Cheers.

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      MizBejabbers 14 months ago

      Some really good thoughts here, John, that you've expressed in a beautiful poem. There really are good people who together try to meditate the light into this world, and in some physical ways try to activate the change.

      However, I must say that in the U.S.A. there are some people who need to sit down and shut up.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks MizB. I think I have some inkling of who those people are you are referring to in the USA who need to sit down and shut up. All change is not,good change.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 14 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This is such a wonderful poem and strikes the core need all over the world. It takes courage to stand up against the power mongers. Well done John...

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      Devika Primić 14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Great thoughts here!

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      Kshitiz Gaur 14 months ago from India

      John this is now one of my favourites and this is the kind of thinking that the world needs. Thanks you for writing and sharing this.

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      Venkatachari M 14 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Great message through beautifully rhymed lines.

      "From little things, the big things grow" like drops of water make the ocean.

      Thanks for this wonderful message. Sharing on G+.

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      Lori Colbo 14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      Wonderfully written, John. I love the imagery of the artists canvas. Embracing change does indeed take courage.

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      Frank Atanacio 14 months ago from Shelton

      a can do poem, gripping message... a hero among cowards... yeah very strong poem my friend :)

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      Missy Smith 14 months ago from Florida

      Oh what a great message here, John! You expressed reality in a way only you can. I thought this was brilliant! I think it throws out many things that all of us should be doing. Being BRAVE, is something we all should do. Stop thinking so much on the what ifs, and just do what we were born to do, and also do what we are supposed to do to be a great human being. Try to show and speak out on everything that is beautiful; differences in cultures, differences in personalities, differences in the differences of people and things' period. And do that in a fair way like a hero.

      My goodness, you know I am a super big fan of David Bowie. Well, I don't know that you knew that, I'm just saying, "I AM A SUPER BIG DAVID BOWIE FAN" Lol. I love his song "Heroes" The song itself tells how two people could be heroes as a couple even if for just one day. They could break the barriers of everyones opinions and expectations, even their own. They could just take a day and enjoy each other, be in love, be themselves, and realize that's what it's all about. Living in love and life, doing it in the way that is best for them. It's sincerely an extreme love-song of sorts. It's a really great lesson of how one's life should go.

      Perfect song, perfect theme, perfect poem, perfect hub altogether. Yes, John Hansen, you are a HERO! :)

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      Linda Lum 14 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Great message John--one that I wish our politicians in the U.S. could see.

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      Clive Williams 14 months ago from Nibiru

      i like it. I am doing exactly this right now

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 14 months ago from The Caribbean

      To "think outside the box," to "tackle tasks that can't be done," really a challenge for heroic minds. Thanks for the message embedded in you wonderful lines or poetry.

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      Ann Carr 14 months ago from SW England

      Great song, great poem. The philosophy is spot on and I like the points you make. It is indeed necessary to take a stand and act on what we believe to make a better world. More of us should do that.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Ruby. I would like to think that what I write could make a small bit of difference to the world, but do those who need to hear these things ever read them?

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Devika. Much appreciated.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this Abhimanyu, and for your generous comment. Let's be the light the world needs.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I always appreciate your kind comments Venkat. Thank you for sharing also. Have a great weekend.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Lori. We often have to force ourselves to embrace change, but it usually proves worth it.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you as always Frank. As writers we have to try to change things for the better.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a great comment Missy. If I didn't know you were a David Bowie fan..I do now:) He was great. I went to see him live in concert..more years ago than I am willing to admit. That is still one of the highlights I will never forget. "Heroes" is one of my favourite of his songs as well. Thanks for the "hero" tag you gave me. Not sure if I deserve that myself, but I'll gladly accept it, even from one person. Have a wonderful weekend.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Carb Diva, I think politicians everywhere need to read it.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good for you Clive. Keep it up and keep chipping away. You will make a difference.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      MsDora, thank you for your encouragement as always. I do try to open minds as much as I can. Bless you.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Sometimes actually taking the stand is easier said than done Ann, but once you do it you find it wasn't such a difficult thing after all. Thanks for the generous comment.

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      mckbirdbks 14 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      I see the poetry pen has taken the front seat. This is yet another reflective piece. You keep pondering, someone has to figure all this out.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 14 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Very inspiring poem, Jodah. Your words will linger within and be very motivational. Thank you for writing this.

      sharing, pinning

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Mike, I have my poets cap on at the moment. It is something that just seems to flow when I pick up my pen...without even really thinking about it. I sometimes wonder if the issues I raise in my poetry are ever seen by anyone who can actually make a difference. Then if enough everyday people read them..there is power in numbers, and collective minds.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Phyllis, maybe the idea to start a new creative writing website and how it has been embraced inspired this poem. Thank you for the support, sharing and pinning.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 14 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I felt that coming through strongly, Jodah. And I must say I truly admire you for taking that new site on, not just as an idea, but a reality. Plus the enthusiasm and support we are getting is awesome! I have found a new, lively, energy within me by joining your project.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It makes me happy to hear that Phyllis. I can sense your enthusiasm.

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      Shyron E Shenko 14 months ago from Texas

      John, this is a beautiful, wonderful Poem. It teaches us all about how we should live our lives.

      John please count me in for you project e-mail me how I can be a part of it.

      Blessings my friend.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Shyron, thank you for the kind comment. I hoped it would send a good positive message.

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      Drbj 14 months ago

      What a beautiful poem so true!

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      Drbj and sherry 14 months ago

      Sorry forgot to put my name.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much for reading and your kind comment Sherry (and drbj RIP). Much appreciated.

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      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Powerful and wise words shared here in poetic form, John!

      I truly believe each and everyone of us can be a hero each day, whether just by lending a listening ear or even something as small as a smile to let another one know you acknowledge them. A kind word does wonders to lift up a fellow human being.

      I did a "hero" hub as I was so distraught about all the bullying going on these days which has caused some to take their own life! Some resort to cutting themselves just to know they are still alive to not have grown numb to the pain inside.

      As always, great poetry.

      Peace and Blessings

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading this Theresa, and as always your insightful comment is always welcome. Have I read your "hero" hub? If not I will have to check it out. Blessings to you, and thanks for always taking a stand for what is right. You are a hero.

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      Faith Reaper 14 months ago from southern USA

      Aw, Thank you, John. Everyday heroes make a great impact on the world for the betterment of all!

      I believe you did read it.

      Here's to all the ordinary heroes of this world, including you!

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      Bill Holland 14 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Look at all the comments!!!!! I think you hit upon an important message here, one that resonated with a good many people. Great write, John!

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It appears that way Bill ;) thanks for being one of the commenters.

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      Annabella 14 months ago

      Almost made me cry. This is the written truth that is so deeply resting inside my heart. I feel both the pain and joy that in what I have overcome, and now being the change I want to see in the world. You have managed to portray in a poem what I preach in different writings that I do in different ways. I had to take the time to write this comment because words almost fail me when I try to say how much this poem means to me. Absolutely wonderful.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a lovely comment Bella. I don't like to deliberately make anyone cry, but if something I write touches another person that deeply I take it as a true honour. It is obvious you are a sensitive soul who really cares about society and the world. Keep writing to spread the message in whichever way you can. This comment touched me too. Thank you.

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      CrisSp 14 months ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      I'm all curl up with delight reading this powerful and very inspiring piece. Spreading the love and the courage to change. sharing this.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Cris. I can see you curled up in your favourite pj's and socks. I appreciate you sharing this too.

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      Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

      Great poetry, great song; combined make for a special feeling. Very uplifting; as most of your poetry is.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jackie. I always appreciate your comments.

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      Nellieanna Hay 14 months ago from TEXAS

      It's good to feel the positivity in the writing, John. I can almost invasion your expression as you penned it: - jaw set, eyes focused, muscles flexed! Good writing!

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      Lollyj Im 14 months ago

      Very well done. Thanks so much for sharing this work.

      "Remove the chains and locks." Yes.

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      Audrey Hunt 14 months ago from Nashville Tn.

      This is such an important message. We all have the power within to make this a better world. No one can say it better than you Jodah. Sharing and thank you for this inspiring poem.

      Hugs

      Audrey's

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Nellieanna. Glad you felt the positivity of this..yes that was me..jaw set, eyes focussed etc...Hope all is good with you.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you lollyj. We need to look at life in a positive and brave manner and be willing push the boundaries.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Audrey, thanks for your kind comment. Glad you found this as inspiring as I wanted.

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      Nellieanna Hay 14 months ago from TEXAS

      All is good here, John. Thank you.

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      Davorunner 14 months ago from Australia

      You're right! It's a good poem with a strong positive message. Be the hero, do what's right, I like it. Good job.

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      Jodah 14 months ago

      Thank you Davorunner, much appreciated

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      savvydating 14 months ago

      It is always worthwhile to take the narrow path, however winding it may be. Your poem is spot-on and very beautifully crafted. Thank you for being my go-to-guy, when I need some inspiration. This poem is wonderful---the sort of thing one should have posted at home.

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      manatita44 14 months ago from london

      Excellent poetry, and you do this so well, as I have said before. Carry on, Bro. Carry on!

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Savvy. I can handle being your "go-to-guy" :)

      I am glad you found this inspiring, and yeah I need to post messages like this to my own refrigerator or wall. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Manatita. It is always great to get an approving comment from you on one of my poems.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 14 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful poem and very inspiring!

      My life has been such that I had to be a 'Hero' many times , as you have mentioned in the beautiful poem. And let me add that such 'Heroes' are able to achieve their aim, most of the times. And even if they don't, they become too strong to face any challenge. Because time and circumstances make them like that.

      Thank you for sharing this excellent hub!

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Chitrangada, thank you for reading this hub, your wonderful comment, and for being a hero yourself.

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      Nell Rose 14 months ago from England

      Oh Wow! powerful stuff and that last line...phew! wonderful poem John! and so very very true!

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Nell, glad this poem had some effect. I always like the "Oh Wow!" comment :)

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      Surabhi Kaura 14 months ago

      Jodah, my sweet and loving pal! How are you, my Dear? I am in India and the internet is not frequent here. So I am replying through my phone. It's wonderful to peruse your poem on Friday morning. Thought-provoking! Thanks for the share and keep on writing. Hope our 'soldier' is doing well. Ha ha :)

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello My Dear Surabhi, thank you for commenting on this hub from India. I am doing well thank you, and so is Soldier. I am actually away in Sydney for two weeks and friends are looking after the animals and chickens.

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      Deb Hirt 14 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Superb work, John. This is a word of cowards. If people follow Donald Trump, that is devastation in the making.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well said Deb, and thanks. I can't imagine what could happen if he becomes President.

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      Nithya Venkat 14 months ago from Dubai

      A great message, we all can be heroes. Great write and enjoyed reading.

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading Vellur,gladyouenjoyed this.

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      Lawrence Hebb 14 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John

      You're right! We can be heroes! Congratulations on the ebook.

      Lawrence

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      John Hansen 14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Lawrence, both in your response to this poem and your congratulations on my eBook. I hope to publish more in time when I can perfect the formatting etc. but it's a start.

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      Shauna L Bowling 13 months ago from Central Florida

      Beautiful poem, John. There are many messages here. Don't succumb to a life of routine without dreams. Add some excitement to life and allow your beacon of light to shine on and inspire others. Encouraging words, my friend.

      By the way, who did your book cover? I love it!

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Shauna, good to see you. Yes, you certainly understood the messages in this poem. Glad you liked it. Oh, Mike (mcbirdbks) did the cover for me. He did a good job.

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      Shauna L Bowling 13 months ago from Central Florida

      I kinda thought Mike was behind that fantastic cover!

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      Larry Rankin 13 months ago from Oklahoma

      Beautiful and thought provoking.

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      John Hansen 13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you. Larry. Much appreciated.

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      Terrie Lynn 3 months ago from Canada

      Hi Joda. I love this poem. It's thought provoking and motivating. Thank you for writing it. I know you wrote it awhile ago, I just came across it today.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Terrielynne. It is great when you see a comment on one of your older hubs by a new follower. I try and write things that don't date and update them if necessary. Glad you found it motivating.

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