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I Laughed a Smile

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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Even the smallest, seemingly insignificant things that we do, like a smile, can actually have a dramatic effect on not just our family and friends, but the world.

Never think: "I'm just one person amongst billions. Nothing I do can make a difference." We need to change that type of attitude to, "Everything I do can change the world." Do it now!

Whether or not you believe in the term "the butterfly effect" our words and actions, even those that seem insignificant can have a profound effect on others. I experienced this personally a few years ago when I caught up with a friend I hadn't seen since my schooldays.

Michael told me that he and his brothers had always been seen as the "povo kids" (povo being slang for poverty or impoverished) but that I had never treated him that way. One simple act (that I won't go into here) from me during those school years had a lasting effect on him and how he lived his life afterwards. I was amazed when he told me about it, as I had thought it insignificant at the time.

Please watch this important message!

I Laughed A Smile

I laughed a smile into the air

It floated down but who knows where,

Perhaps onto another's face

In some war-ravaged, distant place.


Or onto someone so depressed

Who's overcome with grief or stress,

Needing a spiritual uplift.

My smile landed upon their lips.


Maybe somewhere a sleeping child

Was 'midst a pleasant dream and smiled,

Or some old man about to pass

Had smiled and made a breathless gasp.


Perhaps he sighed a final prayer

Which floated gently in the air,

And drifted 'round the world, so wild,

To gently wake the sleeping child.


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© 2014 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2015:

Thank you very much lbrummer. Have a great day and meet it with a smile.

Loraine Brummer from Hartington, Nebraska on June 11, 2015:

Short and sweet and expresses the value of a smile. A great way to start the day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2014:

Thanks for reading trader. Glad you found this. Yes, any small act of kindness can have a huge domino effect that most of us never see, but happens in the background...like the video here. Glad you enjoyed.

jtrader on October 16, 2014:

Good poem. I got here from Rasta's hub on "Doing good in vain For there is no reward". Good to be reminded by you both that our kindnesses do count. I believe that they make a difference, no matter how small they may seem to be.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 17, 2014:

Thanks for visiting another of my hubs ZenandChic. Glad you enjoyed this one.

Patricia on August 17, 2014:

Poignant poem and I really like it!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 19, 2014:

Thank you for reading and commenting TIMETRAVELLER2. Glad you enjoyed this.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 19, 2014:

Thank you for reading and commenting TIMETRAVELLER2. Glad you enjoyed this.

Sondra Rochelle from USA on June 19, 2014:

Delightful and uplifting post. I wholeheartedly agree with its message :))

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 16, 2014:

Yes you are so right Chitrangada, a smile costs nothing and can make suh a difference to others. If everyone smiles more often the world will be a better place.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on June 16, 2014:

Lovely poem with beautiful suggestive pictures and an important message!

We should all smile and make others smile. It does not cost anything!

Thank you and voted up!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2014:

Thank you for reading and for your sweet comment sallybea. It's a message that needs to be spread, so thank you for sharing and voting up.

Sally Gulbrandsen from Norfolk on June 15, 2014:

Lovely poem with a beautiful message. A smile says it all. I also love the images you have used, especially the male portrait, simply gorgeous, thank you for sharing. Voted up and more.

Sally

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 14, 2014:

Yes proumamma, it isn't always our first reaction to smile and sometimes when life is hard it isn't easy, but you soon find it isn't that hard and it becomes contagious making the world around us seem a better place. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Cindi from Parkersburg on February 14, 2014:

Thanks for reminding me to smile. The simplest thing as a smile can change things even if only for one. It is a start, and it can be contagious!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 07, 2014:

That's it Monis Mas, exactly! Thanks for reading and commenting.

Agnes on February 07, 2014:

Every action caused a reaction. I love "Butterfly Effect" - it is a great example of a crazy chain of reactions!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 06, 2014:

Tillsontitan, that is probably the kindest comment a writer could read. Thank you very much for your vote up and generous words. I agree we should try to live by this.

Mary Craig from New York on February 06, 2014:

I voted all but funny on this one.

Not just a beautiful poem well written, but a beautiful thought for all to live by.

Very well done my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 05, 2014:

Thank you Sujaya, I would like to see that. :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 05, 2014:

Thank you Vellur, I am glad you took the time to read and enjoyed this.

sujaya venkatesh on February 05, 2014:

i smiled a laugh on reading yours jo

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 05, 2014:

A beautiful poem! Enjoyed reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 31, 2014:

Hi Nell, I am glad you enjoyed reading this. Thank you for your comment. A smile is a powerful thing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 31, 2014:

Thank you very much Audrey, I'm glad you enjoyed this poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 31, 2014:

Genna, thank you heaps for the comment, vote up and share.. Yes a simple smile can be so powerful. I'm sure you light up many lives with yours.

Nell Rose from England on January 31, 2014:

I love this poem Jodah, passing on a smile is one of the best things in the world to do!

Audrey Howitt from California on January 31, 2014:

This is such a touching piece !

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 31, 2014:

A lovely poem, Jodah, that is so very true. :-) Smiles work wonders ni this day and age of anger and frustration. Voted up and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 30, 2014:

Thank you for your kind comment DDE. I appreciate you taking the time to read this poem.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 30, 2014:

Beautifully written and expressed the unique personality makes individuals special and a pleasant smile draws others to you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 29, 2014:

Joelle, I really appreciate that wonderful comment. Thank you for taking the time to read this little poem. I think it got its message across.

Dianna Mendez on January 29, 2014:

This is a perfect poem and it says so much about the ability to change the world with just one smile.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 29, 2014:

Thank you so much Ann for that wonderful comment. I agree totally.

Ann Carr from SW England on January 29, 2014:

Absolutely beautiful and a great philosophy. Of course we can all make a difference, one by one. You only have to have a hint of a smile on your face when you walk down the street and loads of people will smile at you. It's such a good feeling and it does seem to cause a chain reaction; the butterfly effect.

Lovely words here, beautifully crafted. Ann

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 28, 2014:

Nellieanna. I'm off to Google to check him out right now. Thank you for sharing that. I may look up Wordsworth while I'm at it.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on January 28, 2014:

Well, since Longfellow was an American writer, poet and educator, you may not have run across much of his work! He was born in the early 19th century in what became the state of Maine. You’d like him, I think. There may be things in common with him other than a certain style of writing poetry.

Here’s what he wrote to his father during his senior year at college:

“I will not disguise it in the least... the fact is, I most eagerly aspire after future eminence in literature, my whole soul burns most ardently after it, and every earthly thought centres in it... I am almost confident in believing, that if I can ever rise in the world it must be by the exercise of my talents in the wide field of literature.”

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 28, 2014:

I totally agree Flourish" Thank you.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 28, 2014:

I love the message. Emotions are infectious. We should make sure that what we're spreading is good stuff.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 27, 2014:

Yes Cat, wouldn't that be a wonderful thing to see? Thank you for reading and your comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 27, 2014:

Thanks R.Q. , don't remember it off hand, but I'm sure he said it in one of his comics.

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on January 27, 2014:

Imagine if each smile actually lit up more than our eyes. Say it was akin to lighting a small candle. It would be awesome to watch the world illuminate and would put a smile's effect into perspective. Nice poem :)

Romeos Quill from Lincolnshire, England on January 27, 2014:

" One man can make a difference ." Remember that one from Stan Lee? A pleasant little verse Jodah.

Best Wishes,

R.Q.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 26, 2014:

Wow, I'm amazed at the similarities because I've never read that as far as I can recall. I can see why my poem reminded you of this. The Arrow and the Song by Longfellow....cool, thanks for sharing that. Love it.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on January 26, 2014:

oops - I didn't see my reply and almost duplicated it. I'm sorry, also that my comparison of poet's work was incomplete. The poet I meant is Henry Wadsworth Longfellow! I always seem to think of him as Wadsworth. haha. Do you know the poem I meant? Here it is:

The Arrow and the Song

BY HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW

I shot an arrow into the air,

It fell to earth, I knew not where;

For, so swiftly it flew, the sight

Could not follow it in its flight.

I breathed a song into the air,

It fell to earth, I knew not where;

For who has sight so keen and strong,

That it can follow the flight of song?

Long, long afterward, in an oak

I found the arrow, still unbroke;

And the song, from beginning to end,

I found again in the heart of a friend.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 26, 2014:

Thank you for your kind words Nellieanna. This message seems to be the theme for a lot of hubs recently, so obviously a lot of people believe it. All we can do is what we feel is right and hope it encourages others to follow suit.

This is the second time a poem of mine has been compared to wordsworth. I must go and read some of his poetry. Thanks for the vote up.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on January 26, 2014:

I believe this premise so much. When it comes down to it, all progress (and failure) is by individuals, not by committees or governments.

Actually I could answer both the first and last questions on the little survey honestly. Change does start with one person, but whether or not it starts or enacts a change, one's example and circle of influence matter. We must do what we think right whether or not another person follows suit, and yet it does make a difference in some way, large or small what we ourselves do. I like to think it matters, so I chose the first reply.

I just love your poem and the great reminder of Wadsworth's poem with its appealing cadence and outcome, "The Arrow and The Song”. Yours is even more uplifting! You are quite a poet!

This hub gets my votes!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 26, 2014:

Thanks Alicia, those are the type of comments that mean so much. All the best to you.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 26, 2014:

I love your poetry, Jodah. This one is not only beautiful but also has an important message. Each of us can make a difference.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 26, 2014:

Sure does Eric, like Stan Wawrinka over Raffa in the tennis. After he beat the Joker, I put some money on him to win the final.....was worried when Raffa came good towards the end, but got there.

Eric Wayne Flynn from Providence, Rhode Island on January 26, 2014:

Positive energy always wins.

EWF

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 26, 2014:

Thanks for the kind words and the vote up Jane. True you have to smile at yourself first don't you, then you can share that joy and let it spread throughout the world.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 26, 2014:

VVanNess, thank you for stopping by to read this. The world would be a better place if more people would do like you. Keep swing my friend.

Jane Arden on January 26, 2014:

Oh yes, without a doubt. As MJ said """I'm Starting With The Man In

The Mirror""" Beautiful poetry as usual. I love the pictures, the variety of us humans, from the old, young beautiful and plain. Voted UP John.

Victoria Van Ness from Fountain, CO on January 26, 2014:

You know, I make it a point to smile and wave at everyone I see, regardless of whether I know them or not. I really enjoy putting a smile on other's faces. And I've been thanked many times for bringing a little happiness to the neighborhood.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 26, 2014:

Hi Bill, yes I sure do know your feelings. It's a theme that runs through all your writing. Thanks for your comment, yes I was proud of the title too. ;)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 26, 2014:

You should know by now how I feel about this subject. One person can make a difference; I refuse to believe otherwise....and I loved the title of this hub/poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 26, 2014:

Thank you so much Rebecca, much appreciated. Glad you enjoyed it.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on January 26, 2014:

What a nice poem, you are a very talented poet, Jodah!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 25, 2014:

Thank you as always Harishprasad. I always look forward to your kind and insightful comments. Take care.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on January 25, 2014:

You are right, John. A man in street looks an ordinary being till someone with a compassionate heart and perceptible mind does not throw a gentle glance and a warm thought at him/her. When we feel greater empathy toward each other, all our feelings and gestures affect us all. You have flashed a powerful message of love through this tiny beautiful poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 25, 2014:

Thanks Frank, can't ask for a better review than that. Cheers.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on January 25, 2014:

I liked everything about this poem.. and the message it conveys..yeah awesome

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 25, 2014:

Thank you Jo, let's do just that. Your comment s appreciated as always.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on January 25, 2014:

I love the idea of an infectious smile, let's spread it around! As always, beautifully done.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 25, 2014:

Thank you Jackie. I better get get over to your hub and check it out, hadn't I.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 25, 2014:

I have a poem speaking of the same thing in a different way of course so yes I do believe people can make our days...so why not try to make theirs? ^+

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 25, 2014:

Aw Faith, really, your new favourite? I am honoured, thank you so much, and for your great comment, vote, and share. Hugs back.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 25, 2014:

I truly believe with all of my heart that even a smile can have an impact on another one's life. We all can do something, anything to make this world a brighter place, no matter how small, it does make a difference.

Very beautiful and profound poem. I think this may be my new favorite of your poems.

Up and more and sharing

Hugs,

Faith Reaper

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 25, 2014:

Thank you for your wonderful comment Joelle, and for doing your part to make a difference in the word. The dripping tap into a bucket is a great example.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 25, 2014:

Mary, I actually got "tingles" up my spine when I read your comment. Weird I know. But when my poetry gets compared with famous statements and well known songs, well it's very humbling. Thank you again.

kidscrafts from Ottawa, Canada on January 25, 2014:

I think that you are right. If each of us would do even small things to change the world, it can have a huge impact. Some people say it's just a drop in the ocean but than I think of a tap that drips drop by drop and you place a bucket underneath... it doesn't take long to fill the bucket. It's the same principle with our actions... little drops that can change the world. I try my best to do my part :-)

Lovely poem, John!

Have a nice Sunday!

Joelle

Mary McShane from Fort Lauderdale, Florida on January 25, 2014:

"Making one person smile can change the world – maybe not the whole world, but their world." Operation Smile

Your poem reminds me of the mission statement above from Operation Smile, an organization I hold dear to my heart and give a lot of my time and support.

And the Christmas song "Let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me" cannot go unmentioned.

Your poem should rank right up there with both. Very well done, John

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 25, 2014:

Thank you Eric, peace brother.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 25, 2014:

Let me be the man with wrinkles. So I have seen life. But not me forget others who have just begun!

Peace and Love be upon you, you artist of man.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 25, 2014:

Thank you Cam. I believe and am optimistic. I know your words change lives., and hope mine do to. Cheers.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on January 25, 2014:

I appreciate the attitude in this poem, John. Can we, do we make a difference in one life, many lives? I like to think so. Your poem says it so well. Thank you.

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