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Life Is Good - a Free Write Prose Poem

John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

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Something a Little Different

This poem is a little different from what I usually write. As most of my readers know my preferred form of poetry is rhyme, or at the very least free-verse that still has a basic rhythm.

I didn't have a theme in mind when I started writing this, so just decided to give an account of my day. Instead of the usual rhyme, it is just written in free-form prose poetry. I am not sure of the quality of the poem, but I enjoyed writing it, I hope it isn't too difficult to read. If nothing else it will give you an insight into a typical day in my life.

It is more in the style of a fellow writer here at HubPages, known as DreamOn. He always writes inspiring poems about his everyday life.

Life Is Good

An audiobook is read

in the background

as I recline on the bed, resting.

An afternoon nap of sorts,

eyes closed but awake.

A more comfortable bed

cannot possibly exist.

Cars drive by occasionally

but don't disturb me.

Our cat, Phoebe, kneads my chest

trying to make me softer -

or so I like to think.

I feel like a human pin cushion -

but loved.

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I spend time in the garden today,

weeding and cutting down dead bushes.

The chain saw made the job easier.

Then I cooked a late lunch, early dinner -

beef rissoles, mashed potatoes, and gravy.

Brunch is between breakfast and lunch,

so what is between lunch and dinner?

Linner, lunner, dunch? - good question.

We only eat two meals a day now.

I am pleased we made that decision.

Then I checked emails and HubPages,

And surfed the Internet a bit

but I kept dozing at my desk -

not ideal.

It was 4.00pm so time to feed the cats,

put the hens to bed in their pen,

then make my wife a cup of tea

before lying down to rest, myself.

It felt great to lie down.

I weeded another garden yesterday,

it was badly overgrown.

Now I am feeling the after-effects -

aching legs, stiff back.

I need to push myself physically more often,

so the muscles and bones adapt.

An afternoon meal, then rest, is great.

There is no need to wake up -

to cook.

My office/study

My office/study

On waking, I felt refreshed and alert,

free to write, watch TV, or read.

There are few time-restraints here -

life moves slowly in the country.

Working from home allows me

to arrange my day as I like.

Now that I have rested it's cuppa time,

then I'll sit and watch some football,

as my wife knits or crochets,

while listening to her audiobook.

We need to appreciate each day,

even the little things that seem mundane.

Life is good - exciting, not so much -

but good!

© 2019 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 17, 2021:

Hi Brenda, thanks for the great comment. I am glad you could relate, especially to being a cat pin cushion.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 17, 2021:

You did a great job on this one.

The cat making you a pin cushion is cute...I can relate.

I can picture the details in this poem like you when you keep drifting off to sleep.

The ole muscle ache..gardening has a way of doing this one. Especially after taking it easy all winter.

Take care. Nice writing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 17, 2021:

Haha Mark, thanks for reading this and your great comment. Sometimes I go to stroke my beard and it is indeed a cat.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on January 17, 2021:

Nice uplifting one, John. At first i thought the cat was a beard. Then I looked closer.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 17, 2021:

Thank you for reading this, Toni. I am glad you could see what I described. Much appreciated.

Toni Newton from Barbados, W.I. on January 17, 2021:

Simple...clean...and I can see it all. Very nice. Thank you so much for this

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 16, 2020:

Thank you for reading and appreciating. Take care.

thoughtsprocess from Navsari (India) on August 16, 2020:

Beautifully expressed. I loved it. Thank you so much for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on August 23, 2019:

Hi Pamela, I appreciate you reading this and for your generous comment. Have a great day.

Pamela Dapples from Arizona. on August 22, 2019:

I enjoyed this. Totally comprehensive yet neatly wielded.

I'm happy for you and your wife that you have such a peaceful and productive life.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 03, 2019:

PS, thank you for such a delightful comment and for sending those angels. I am so glad that you enjoyed this and could relate to the message. Sending some angels back at ya.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 03, 2019:

Absolutely loved this----the mundane as you term it can be simply wonderful----there can be so much pleasure found in tiny seemingly insignificant every day events. There is a calm that comes with the familiar that I think our souls need from time to time. It is totally relatable and was a lovely journey to take with you.Thank you for sharing. Angels are headed your way this afternoon ps

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 20, 2019:

Hey Lawrence. Thank you, everyday tends to be different but fortunately most are of a relaxed nature.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on June 20, 2019:


This was an awesome peek into your day. All I can say is,"I wish mine was like that!"

Oh well, maybe one day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 17, 2019:

Hey Paula, I am glad you enjoyed this little glimpse into my day. I can rarely sit at my desk with being accompanied by one or more of my furry friends, though Phoebe probably most often. Thank you for the visit, you are welcome anytime.

Suzie from Carson City on June 17, 2019:

Jodah.......I chose so well this morning, by reading about your amazing day, step by step, thought by thought. It was easy and so calming to follow you through your lovely day of life in the country. I smiled from ear to ear at the photo of "Phoebe," boldly standing between you and your screen, as I stretched to see MY screen, past my "Bruiser," doing exactly what Phoebe does.. Well, they love us, Jodah and insist we pay attention!

Dinner sounded yummy....sorry I missed it!......Cheers, Paula

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2019:

Hey Li-Jen. It is nice that you found this poem relaxing and that my poetry can be enjoyed anytime of the day. I just hope they don’t put you to sleep :)

Li-Jen Hew on June 15, 2019:

Haha, Jodah. Relaxing poem. I think your poems are enjoyable at any time of day. Thanks for sharing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 15, 2019:

Thank you Asad. I am so happy that you loved this.

Asad Dillz Khan from United Kingdom on June 15, 2019:

A great and lovely prose John! I Love it man!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 30, 2019:

Thank you Mary, I admit it tends to be easier to find peace and rest in the country then in the middle of the city. Life is what you make of it though I guess. Thank you for reading.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 30, 2019:

What a lovely life, the architecture of your day is what I like. The way of rest is what I seek. I have to find it in the midst of the city.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 29, 2019:

I just love putting Mr. Hansen on follow. I love learning more about life than I knew yesterday. (do not tell anyone I forgot what I learned 12 hours ago!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2019:

Good to see you Brenda. I appreciate you reading about my day and leaving such a nice comment. Glad you enjoyed.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2019:

Hi Mark, thank you for reading this poem and being able to appreciate my day. Cheers.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on May 28, 2019:

I enjoyed reading your work today, John.

It was great to get a glimpse of your day. I especially loved the first part with your kitty-cat.

I also loved the last part with you spending time with your wife.

Great read.

Mark Tulin from Palm Springs, California on May 28, 2019:

So true, John. Finding pleasure in the mundane is truly living. And thank you for an enjoyable day in the life of John as the audiobook plays in the background. My kind of day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 27, 2019:

MsDora, thank you for sharing a day in my life. I am happy I portrayed it effectively. Blessings.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 27, 2019:

The short lines and the jolly rhythm add to the truth that life is good. So does the picture of that white hen. You sold the message effectively.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 26, 2019:

Hello Genna, thank you so much for the encouragement. I may just do that.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 26, 2019:

Hi John...

I think you should write in free-form prose more often -- I loved this!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 25, 2019:

Hi Sean my brother. Good to see you, and thank you for such a thoughtful and encouraging comment. Blessings.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 25, 2019:

Hi Chitrangada, thank you for such a lovely comment. Oh, really, those words actually exist? I never even thought to check. Oh, yes I see “The Open Dictionary” describes “linner or dunce” as the meal between lunch and dinner, usually between 3 and 5 pm. Thanks for confirming that.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on May 25, 2019:

Life is good when you have friends like you, my dear John! Thank you for this "window"...

Sunshine in your Soul!


Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 25, 2019:

Nice and expressive poem, and so much relatable. Free verse or rhyme or narrative—you always compose interesting poems.

After reading this, I got curious about the words, which you have used to describe the meal between the lunch and the dinner. Interestingly, I even found such word/ words on google search—Linner, Lunner and Lupper. I didn’t know earlier, but you are right.

Thanks for sharing another wonderful poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 25, 2019:

Venkatachari, yes life is good. The two meals idea is a bit of an experiment so times can vary to suit. We still tend to have a small snack later at night most days just to break the long gap.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 25, 2019:

Hi DreamOn, thank you or reading this and your wonderful and positive comment. It is great to really appreciate the little things in life. That outlook makes every day enjoyable. Fortunately, with the cooler weather here now flies are few and far between. Have a great weekend.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on May 24, 2019:

Yes, John. Life is Good living like this. I appreciate that idea of yours. Having two meals! I think you can have it at 4 pm or even at 5 pm if it permits you and your wife (instead of at 3 pm). Only a suggestion. Not to worry.

But, for me, I am having it all the 3 times. My dinner time is 9 pm which I am unable to change. Breakfast is at 10 am lunch at 2-2:30 pm, and dinner after a long gap at 9 pm.

I enjoyed the portrayal of your life doing that gardening work, taking those casual naps, or resting on the bed at morning time listening to the background audio voice, or the sounds of passing traffic, etc.

DREAM ON on May 24, 2019:

What a great day you showed us and how you enjoyed all the wonderful simple pleasures life offers and hopefully more people will realize that is where all the beauty in life lies. Thank you for the sweet compliment in your hub. Anytime you feel in the mood to share another day I will be patiently waiting and welcoming your wonderful words that roll along as easily as a ball I kicked across my freshly cut lawn. Out in the yard, today enjoying the breeze until a few black flies decided to aggravate me and I think one of the sons of a guns bit me. See I would take any day with no problems or headaches. Thank you for sharing and I hope this finds you in great health.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 24, 2019:

Haha, Flourish. I am not complaining.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 24, 2019:

That sounds like a pretty good day. Lots of rest, a cat, some reading and Hubbing, more rest.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

It sounds like you have very little worries, Demas, and all you need. Yes, we are indeed blessed.

Demas W Jasper from Today's America and The World Beyond on May 23, 2019:

I would love to fit in chickens and ducks (we did once upon a time) but a neighbor gives us duck eggs, and the raccoons are more of a hazard for chickens and their eggs. The senior citizens center provides baked goods, meat, milk, veggies, and desserts, so even the garden we will have seems almost superfluous. The afternoon nap is a life extender, and a loving companion fills the bill. Aren't we blessed!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

Hi Val, my buddy, and fellow poet. I appreciate such a kind comment. I am glad I was able to make you feel like you were experiencing my day for a few moments. Sharing the more mundane and personal moments of your life seems to bring one closer to their readers. That was hard for me at first, but now I am comfortable doing it.

Thank you for reading.

ValKaras on May 23, 2019:

John, my friend--- A guy of your depth could just sit on your porch for some hours, do nothing but share with us what's going through your mind and your heart -- and your life would already appear complete.

This is the way I see the fullness of life, while everything else going outside of our personal space is merely a bonus to be appreciated. Those skies, chickens, smell of food you made, your cat...hey, wasn't I somewhere there, because you certainly made me wish I had been.

Thank you for sharing those precious moments of life with us.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

Manatita. I thought about afternoon tea, but that is a light meal, this is the main meal, so that just didn’t seem to fit. Thanks for reading and giving your observation on the style.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

Yes, it is great not to have an 8 to 5 job anymore, Ruby. We don’t have hummingbirds here, at least I have never seen any. Yes, that would be a little annoying losing all the sugar water lol. Thank you for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

Hello Rinita, always good to see you. Yes, My day is quite soothing, except for the aches and pains after bending and crouching for hours in the garden. The reason for the two meals is that I have been reading it is healthier to have your main meal earlier so you have more time to burn off the calories and that at night we are more sedate just sitting around relaxing before going to bed. We have been having breakfast around 10am and then “dinner” around 3pm. If we feel peckish later before bed we may have a very light snack.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

Hi Shauna, thank you for reading. I am glad it flowed ok, I was a little worried about that. I appreciate you always taking the time to check out my writing.

manatita44 from london on May 23, 2019:

It's poetry of sorts, told in a narrative, topical or observational style.

I suppose you were talking of afternoon tea - the guy between lunch and dinner - but you covered it lower down. Nice one!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 23, 2019:

John, your day sounds a bit like mine, except I cleaned my humming bird's feeders today, when I started to hang one up the bottom fell out, loosing the sugar water, was I upset? GRR...Isn't it great to not have a 8-5 job?

Rinita Sen on May 23, 2019:

Your day sounds soothing to me, complete with books, gardening, writing, and of course football. But why only 2 meals a day? I don't mean to pry but it sounds unhealthy.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 23, 2019:

John, I love this! It flows so nicely as we walk (or rest) with you through your day.

You're so creative. I always look forward to your posts.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

Dana, thank you for reading and sharing your experience. Yes, we need to always enjoy the moment, and embrace the little things.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

Haha Eric, yes I wrote it for you. I have been picking cucumbers, tomatoes, parsley and garlic chives almost every day. Now the mulberry tree is covered in ripe fruit..that means purple stained hands and tongue. Good luck with the planting Saturday, and yes I hope each day is better than the last.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

Linda, this day was orderly, that is not always the case. You are onto a winner with your recipes, so why change a successful formula? Thanks for the kind comment.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on May 23, 2019:

Sometimes it's good to just realize life is simply good just because. I have those days. It's usually in the morning when I had a good nights rest and, I'm drinking coffee. I seem to be at peace and just enjoy existing. Of course that is before I actually leave the house. Thanks' for reminding me to enjoy the moment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

You are welcome Brother Elijah. I often think my life is too boring to write about, but then most lives aren’t full of what people share on social media. Most days tend to be uneventful for most of us. I look forward to your next contribution.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

If you could picture my day, then the poem succeeded, Liz. Thank you for reading and for your kind comment.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 23, 2019:

Oh John, your day is so orderly. I dare say that if I were to attempt the same type of writing my secret would be out--I'm a total chaotic mess or all-over-the-placeness.(I'll stick with my recipes.)

This was a pleasure to read. Your are always finding new ways to write; you are an inspiration to the rest of us.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 23, 2019:

You wrote this just me me you dog. My gardening includes no chickens but a young man, we still call boy. Pulling beets today and clipping some basil. The boy is learning to till the soil. Ready to plant by Saturday.

I don't worry about what tomorrow brings as long as it is better.

Elijah A Alexander Jr from Washington DC on May 23, 2019:

In my humble "judging" opinion I say very, very good, John. Now you have me thinking about doing it but I'll have to wait and see. My days are so un interesting it could be nothing but a bore to read so I'll have to find some biblical concept or something out of my past.

Thanks brother John.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 23, 2019:

This is a well-written account of your day. So skilfully done that the reader can picture the scenes as they play out during your day. It's good to pause and appreciate life.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

Thank you, Lorna. Not all days are this peaceful but I make the most of the ones that are. I appreciate your comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

If you say those three words enough, Bill, you start to believe it :)

My life is good though so I can't complain. Thanks for reading.

Lorna Lamon on May 23, 2019:

What a lovely way to express your day, I wish my day were as peaceful. Your poem made me smile.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

Hello, Pamela. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for reading.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 23, 2019:

A mentor of mine would always say those three words. They summed up his outlook on is good! I'm not sure anything else needs to be is an all-encompassing statement.

You have a lovely life, my friend.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 23, 2019:

This sounds like a lovely day. You were productive and rested. I enjoyed reading about your day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 23, 2019:

Thank you very much, Nell. Linner, yeah haha.

Nell Rose from England on May 23, 2019:

That was lovely! And what a great way to show your day. love the linner etc, lol!

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