Do Not Succumb to the Naysayers Cries ~ a Poem by John Hansen

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  1. surovi99 profile image82
    surovi99posted 2 years ago

    What great poetry, John! Never read anything like it before. Kudos to you! Read his spellbinding article here: … nd-poetry/

    Hi John,
    Loved your poetry a lot. You amaze me all the time. And best of all, I agree with all your viewpoints. We don't need to be people pleasers nor should we expect others to be towards me or you. Excellently well crafted!

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Rosina, that is the wrong link, unfortunately.

    2. surovi99 profile image82
      surovi99posted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Everybody please refer to the following correct link. I cannot edit it in my initial post.  Here it is: … ies-a-Poem

      1. Jodah profile image90
        Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Thanks for reposting the correct link, Rosina. There seems to be a problem with notifications recently both via email and the feed. I seem to be getting some but not others.

  2. Jodah profile image90
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this poem, Rosina. I am so happy that you enjoyed reading this and agree with the points I made. I appreciate your generous comment.

    1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image91
      ChitrangadaSharanposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hello John!
      I liked your response and your well composed poem.
      You have summed up almost all the 'unwritten' rules of writing, or should I say 'free expressions' through writing.
      I agree with your thoughts, and I am glad that you wrote this poem.
      Thank you for sharing this, and thanks to Rosina for highlighting this poem.

      1. Jodah profile image90
        Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Hello, Chitrangada. Thank you for liking my poem and I am happy that you agree with my thoughts within. In fact, writing probably has more unwritten rules than written ones…and that says a lot. Have a great day.

  3. Farah N Huq profile image83
    Farah N Huqposted 2 years ago

    “Encourage the learners, they will grow in time,
    complaining and moaning are like a bad rhyme.
    No one’s forced to read anything they don’t like,
    to all the fault-seekers, just get on your bike.”
    What a perfect way to respond to fault-seekers. People will read what they like and avoid reading what they don’t. So I don’t think it is justified for others to get all worried and upset when they come across a substandard piece of writing. People will eventually grow and learn from their mistakes, of course, constructive criticism can play a big role here. Support and kindness can go a long way and that is something I always say and believe. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful poem, John. Thank you, Rosina, for sharing it.

  4. Jodah profile image90
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    Farah, I am pleased that you can relate to my words and think they are worthy of sharing. Your support and friendship are always appreciated. Take care.

  5. Pamela99 profile image85
    Pamela99posted 2 years ago

    This is an excellent thought-provoking poem John. I agree with your views also. I think we should not be judgmental and it is okay if our view points are slightly different. I don't think it is my job to be critical of what others write. I really enjoyed reading all that you wrote.

    Thank you fo posting John's poem Rosina.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you Pamela. We are all different writers, and entitled to share our opinions and messages. It is sometimes too easy to be critical, but we should always think carefully before we hold others to account.

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    Poetic Phantomposted 2 years ago

    A very well written poem with some very important messages.
    Thanks for sharing

  7. Jodah profile image90
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    Thank you for reading my poem, Poetic Phantom.

  8. Peggy W profile image94
    Peggy Wposted 2 years ago

    You have such a beautiful way of expressing yourself, John.  I agree with everything you penned (or typed).  Thanks Rosina for sharing his wise advice.

  9. Jodah profile image90
    Jodahposted 2 years ago

    Hello Peggy. I am pleased that you enjoy how I express myself in this poem. Thank you for reading and agreeing with my sentiments.

  10. Brenda Arledge profile image79
    Brenda Arledgeposted 2 years ago

    Great write John.

    You have so many wonderful parts to this one.
    Write what you want...if you criticize give wise advice.
    Don't shout out loud or make others feel small.

    Keep up the fantastic words.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Brenda. Yes, I was pretty proud of those words you just quoted. Not that they are anything incredibly prophetic, just that they should be a common courtesy. I don’t think anyone could seriously argue against them. As always, I appreciate you supporting my work.

  11. Misbah786 profile image83
    Misbah786posted 2 years ago

    Thank you so much for writing this poem, John. You summed it up perfectly. Excellently written and expressed. I loved each and every word you have written in this poem.

    I especially loved these lines:

    “Speak truths that are helpful. ….. seek much attention by shouting out loud”

    “Satire can be good,…. they’re sensitive souls who need coaxing, not shoves.”

    Only if we understand other people's emotions, and that harsh words can tear some sensitive souls apart. Unfortunately, there are some people who do not understand and, when questioned, praise themselves by claiming to know what others do not.

    Through this forum post, I'd like to convey the message that there is a distinction between differing opinions and insulting others. If we are in an online world, we should stay aware that behind the screens are humans with feelings.

    Thank you so much for sharing, John. Thank you so much, Rosina, for sharing John’s poem.

    Blessings to both of you!

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Hello Misbah, sorry that it has taken me so long to reply. For some reason I have not been getting notifications of posts on this thread. I am so glad you agreed with the words of this poem which, I must point out, were not written with any malice towards anyone else. I am just stating what I truly feel, and how I believe people should act towards one another.

      Your comment adds a lot of additional wisdom to what I have said, and some people can be so full of self-praise of their own accomplishments that they have trouble being empathetic to others, and see views different to their own as failings. I don’t think I have ever consciously mentioned my personal learnings, qualifications, or achievements (other than as a permaculture designer and freelance writer in articles specifically related to those.)
      It is true that, as you say, “in an online world” we need to take extra care in what we say because we have no idea what others are going through in their real lives. Kindness is not a weakness!
      Thank you for reading and adding your valuable thoughts.

      1. Misbah786 profile image83
        Misbah786posted 2 years agoin reply to this

        Thank you so much for your kind words, John. Yes, I understand. I'm also having trouble receiving notifications.

        I mentioned the "online world" because when we speak to someone in person, we can often see their body language and reactions. Sometimes we have some knowledge of their personality. But no one knows how some harsh words can tear apart some sensitive souls when we are behind the screens.

        I agree Kindness is not a weakness.

        Take care and stay healthy.

        Blessings always!!

  12. AliciaC profile image91
    AliciaCposted 2 years ago

    John has shared some excellent advice in his poem. I think the points that he's raised are very important to remember. Thanks for sharing the article, Rosina.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      Linda, I appreciate you supporting my words and echoing the importance of my views. Thank you for reading.


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