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Windows Of Rainbows: inspired by a Leonard Cohen song

Updated on July 11, 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.

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The Inspiration for This Poem

I had just listened to the "The Stranger Song" by Leonard Cohen. It was about the same time that the Philippines had just been hit by a terrible typhoon destroying cities and taking many lives. The song and Cohen's voice stirred up a range of emotions, and this poem is the result.

My friend and fellow hubber Jo Goldsmith recently issued a Musical Challenge prompt as follows:

What exactly do I do if I accept this challenge?

1.) Select a song you enjoy from You Tube

2.) Listen to the song

3.) Begin writing what you feel ( free flow)

4.) Edit your writing

5.) Post your creative work (include the song)

6.) Submit your link to the comment section on this page

7.) Have fun!

I felt this hub met those guidelines, so although it had already been published I am resharing it as part of Jo's challenge. The poem 'Windows of Rainbows' can be recited to the same beat as 'The Stranger Song' or at least that was going through my head as I wrote. I therefore suggest you listen to the song before reading the poem.

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Windows Of Rainbows

Sometimes you need to contemplate

The world in all its glory

All the good and bad

That happens every day.


You greet your next door neighbor

With a smile

And say, "How are you?"

But do you really wait for him to say?


You read the daily paper, or check the news online.

It doesn't really matter anyway.

Amidst all the destruction,

The death and people homeless,

Sometimes you feel that you're immune to crying.


There's surely good news out there

If you take the time to look,

But something's wrong, when

This is what you have to do.


If you have to search for happiness

Through all the pain and grief

That surrounds us from each corner

Of the world.


Then I stop and look around me

At everything I have,

And I realize how lucky

That I am.


Possessions they mean nothing,

And success...well who can judge

If what you've done in life,

Has any worth?


The only thing that matters

Is the truth within your heart,

And if your actions

Compliment your words.


I turn towards the windows,

As I hear the pitter patter

Of raindrops, as they gather

On the glass.


The sunlight is still shining,

As the rain clouds start abating,

And the droplets shine

With multi-colored hues.


Gazing through the splattered glass

All dark thoughts leave my mind,

And in their place

Bright feelings, now exposed.


Of how to make things better,

And the world a nicer place,

As I look with different eyes, through...

Windows of rainbows.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Shyron. It's never too late. Thanks for finding this hub and for your kind comment and vote up. Yes I hope you do join Jo's challenge.

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      Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago from Texas

      John! How awesome, and I voted that way plus Useful, Beautiful and Interesting.

      Why have I not read this before? I guess I have too many interruptions,

      but one day! I will also join this beautiful challenge.

      Shyron

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Mari,

      I am glad you found this inspiring. Greetings back from Australia.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks ubani, for your kind and insightful comment as well as the vote up. Have a great day.

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      Maricar M. Jolo 3 years ago from Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

      Very inspiring. Thanks for ur poem! Love from Philippines...

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      Alexander Thandi Ubani 3 years ago from Lagos

      A very telling write. This world is filled with people who don't give a damn about others. It is really sad though that people prioritize on money and wealth without giving thought to people who live around them; whether they are eating or not, how they are coping and all the sorts does not even matter to them. Well, that's how the world moves. too sad.

      But in all these, I love this "The only thing that matters

      Is the truth within your heart,

      And if your actions

      Compliment your words"

      I share your sentiment, Sire. keep writing. voted up and pressing the other buttons.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes I agree with you Jo, that all the bad things in the world will cease when He returns. I was very pleased with how this poem turned out. The words seemed very powerful when I read it out loud. I think rainbows are a sign that he has everything under control. Thanks for your kind comment, vote up and share. Blessings back.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 3 years ago

      This is so beautifully written! A profound message to try to grasp.

      I feel so sad every time I hear something tragic and horrible on the news.

      Yet, like you. I look around and see how lucky, blessed I am.

      The day draws near when our Father will return to bring us a millennium of peace.

      I noticed a rainbow in my backyard last week after a rain. I couldn't help but smile and thank God once again for all the right he is going to bring back to this so wrong world. Shared this wonderful poem. Voted up as well. Blessings to you Jodah...always...:-)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That we are Ologsinquito, as well as people who love and support us. Thanks for reading.

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      We are very blessed to have a nice warm, dry house and a roof over our heads.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading Jamie, and for your kind comment.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      What a wonderful message written beautifully. Thank you Jodah! Jamie

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      My pleasure Audrey. thanks for reading. Have a great day.

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      This was a gift this morning to read--thank you!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading Denise and the vote up. Yes writing it did lift my spirits.

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      Denise Handlon 3 years ago from North Carolina

      "The only thing that matters is the truth within your heart..." I loved this line especially. Beautiful poem and I hope it lifted your spirits because it is very uplifting. Thanks for sharing. :) UP / U/A

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and the wonderful comment Crafty.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      Such beautiful writing Jodah! The meaning is so profound.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      You're very welcome. I think that's the way to go, guaranteed to reach a wider audience and to explore more subjects.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Ann for taking the time to check out my hubs, and for the follow. I am glad you liked this poem and appreciate your comments. I hope you find some of my other hubs enjoyable as well. I try to be diverse, not wanting to be tied down to one niche...try my hand at a bit of everything so to speak.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Beautiful poem and gorgeous illustrations. I see your name all over the place in comments on others' hubs (and mine!) so I thought it was high time I followed you! This hub was my reward - I love the form, the sentiment and the ride from dark to light. Ann

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Well Audrey I could never wish for a greater compliment than that. It is very humbling. This particular poem is probably my favorite of all I have written. I had just listened to Leonard Cohen sing The Stranger Song and I suddenly felt inspired. I try to make all my poetry diverse but there is a message in most of it. I'm glad I connect with you especially. Thanks you for your kind words and hugs and blessings back.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Jodah - You bring such joy and inspiration to us all through your magnificent poetry. I especially love this particular verse,

      "The only thing that matters

      Is the truth within your heart,

      And if your actions

      Compliment your words."

      Your poetry reaches to the core of my being, shedding insight and wisdom, a message of beautiful truth.

      Thank you Jodah ~ Hugs and Beautiful Blessings. Audrey

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Kamelesh,

      Thank you my friend for that awesome comment. This poem is very special to me and I feel expresses my heart felt feelings. I am glad it inspires people to stop and think. God Bless you also,

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      Kamalesh050 3 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

      Superb! Brilliant! It's a poem which is so true what it coveys, has a lot of depth and makes one think - a poem which reflects your great insight !

      ' The only thing that matters is the truth within your heart and if your actions compliment your words.' - Oh how lovely! Keep up your Excellent work my friend.

      Voted UP & Awesome! Take care. God Bless.

      Kamalesh

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Eddy, thank you for such a kind and encouraging comment. I'm glad my poetry , like yours, never disappoints. I think I am my own harshest critic and there are some that don't make it past the draft pad. I'll do my best to keep them coming, thanks for voting up and sharing.

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      Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

      Another beautiful gem from you Jodah my friend.

      Each of your poems I love and not one has disappointed.

      Keep them coming and I'll keep on reading .

      Voted up, across and shared.

      Eddy.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for voting up teaches, glad to brighten your day.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Nothing brightens my day more than a beautiful rainbow. Voted up!

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey writinglover, yes I didn't hold back on this one. thanks for the vote up.

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      Jennifer 4 years ago from Lost...In Video Games

      I loved this Jodah. There's a lot of truth in this poem! Voted it up!

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Bill, that means a lot to me. Always welcome your input.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I was hooked with the title and the poem certainly did not disappoint...and the pictures were a wonderful compliment. Well done John!

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Kidscrafts,

      Yes, every form of writing needs to have an effect.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Beautiful and meaningful poetry, Jodah! Thank you for sharing!

      It's a poem that makes us think... very important!

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Sunny,

      I loved those titles you suggested....really inspired me.

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      Sunny River 4 years ago from A Place Without A Name which resides somewhere between Fantasy and Belief, just north of Reality

      Oh that was fantastic! Absolutely lovely and, yes, raw is a great word to describe it. :)

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Always great to receive your comments FlourishAnyway,

      This is on a slightly different tangent from my light-hearted micro-poems isn't it? I keep getting that word 'raw' and 'rawness' describing this poem, and I think that most suitable. Thanks again.

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      FlourishAnyway 4 years ago from USA

      John - Such heartfelt words. I love the raw reflective feel in conveys, and the images complement what you're communicating beautifully.

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      John Hansen 4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Frank,

      I got a tingle run down my spine while I was writing this, so it seems to have that 'special' something. It's totally different from what I've written before. Thanks for the compliments bro.

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      Frank Atanacio 4 years ago from Shelton

      Jodah, wow.. I think you really shook the the tree of creativity, rawness, and emotional words when you wrote this poem.. a very to the point no nonsense grouping of words Love it bro :)