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Oh, What a Wonderful World! ~ a Poem

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.

It's life or death, we fight for breath

It's life or death, we fight for breath

Oh, What a Wonderful World!

It's life or death,

We fight for breath,

There are toxins in our food,

Poison fumes pollute our air.

We need to be more clued.

Cancer cells invade us

Like an out-of-control bus.

There are drugs on shelves in every home,

Be aware of this we must!

Man is a hunter/gatherer,

At least he's meant to be,

But we have machines to do the work,

While we get more obese.

Never fear, fitness craze is here

Never fear, fitness craze is here

Never fear, the fitness craze is here!

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Don't lie there like a cat.

Take vitamins and exercise,

As long as you're not fat.

Hormones and steroids feed livestock,

It's added to their grain,

To feed the growing populace,

And for quick financial gain.

Crops are genetically modified

For yield and pest resistance,

But the side-effects of this on us

May threaten our existence


What can we do,

Let's think this through,

To save every boy and girl?

Restore life back the way it was,

......... and say ........

Oh, what a wonderful world!

Oh, what a wonderful world!

Oh, what a wonderful world!

© 2016 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 27, 2016:

Yes, Shauna, you said it. Nothing can ever be the same as in the past, but we all need to do our small part in keeping the world as healthy and as sustainable as we can.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 27, 2016:

If only we could restore the world to the way it was, John. I think the best we can do is try to repair and rebuild, but it'll take every human on Earth to do so. As long as there is industry and construction, our Earth will never be the same. But, we need to make the best of what we have and better our private little corners of the planet.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 18, 2016:

Thanks, for the kind comment Bill. Once upon a time I used to place my soapbox under long passages of prose and (I think) bore everyone in the process. I found I can say more and in a more effective manner through poetry. It is a medium that suits my political agenda.

Bill Russo from Cape Cod on June 18, 2016:

You said in a few stanzas pretty much what it took me 5000 words to say in a try at an allegory. As usual the 'medium' of poetry becomes 'well done' by Jodah. Congratulations John on an outstanding piece of writing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 16, 2016:

Thank you Jamie. Yes it is!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 16, 2016:

Thanks for reading and commenting, Kiss and Tales.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 16, 2016:

Yes, ps, despite all the things that are wrong this is still a wonderful world. We just have to strive to keep it that way for our children and their children.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on June 16, 2016:

Well done John! ..."oh what a wonderful world"... Jamie

Kiss andTales on June 16, 2016:

People can just think this out what would the world be like if satan ruled the world not the Heavenly Father ( The true God ) ?

Then find validation.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on June 16, 2016:

much truth in what you share.

but (and there is always a 'but', sorry)....for me it is still a wonderful world...finding joy where I can...and knowing the alternative to being in this world is not where I wish to be at this time.

Your writing keeps me reading and thinking...and that after all is what matters.

Angels once again are headed to you.

Shared ps

Ann Carr from SW England on June 12, 2016:

Looking forward to reading about that!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 12, 2016:

That's great news, Ann. I am sure it will be worth it. We are also currently cleaning up and renovating our other original bush block with the intention of moving back there next year. Then we will be even more back to nature than we are here. I hope to write more hubs about that.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 12, 2016:

It's great that you are. I enjoy reading your hubs about that wonderful place of yours. I'm getting a little nearer with the house we'll be moving to when it's renovated... when!


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 12, 2016:

Ann, I agree with all those things, and yes we can get near to the old ideal of moving to the country, fresh air, growing our own food, recycling etc. I am doing most of that already.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 12, 2016:

Great poem, John! Lots of awful things to think about and then a wonderful splash of hope at the end. We do have a wonderful world and it's up to us to try to keep what's left as wonderful as possible. It's down to each individual, I feel, not only regarding what we do ourselves but also refusing to buy, use, endorse any product which makes our world more dangerous to live in. However, it's amazing how hard that is to do.

Back to the horse and cart, growing and making our own food and possessions and breathing the fresh air again! I know that's an ideal but we could try to get near it.... maybe?

Well done, John!


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2016:

Thank you lollyj. We can't just ignore it.

Laurel Johnson from Washington KS on June 11, 2016:

You hit all the nails right on the head with this poem. Excellent food for thought.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on June 11, 2016:

Amen to that

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 11, 2016:

Thanks, Lawrence. Yes we need to do everything we can to protect what God has given us to caretake.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on June 10, 2016:


So right, it is a wonderful world. One to be cared for and nurtured! Thank you for this poem.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 09, 2016:

Thanks, Dianna. So do I, there are too many who just turn a blind eye, or really don't care.

Dianna Mendez on June 09, 2016:

The world is a beautiful place. I pray that we have more people wake up to the fact and do what it takes to eliminate the toxic poisons in our food.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 07, 2016:

Thanks for your comment, RJ. Making a better corn cob is not on the top of my list either, and each to his own but I prefer to grow as many of my own fruit and veges (chemical free) or buy them from a local organic farmer. I wouldn't even care if there was no evidence to prove GM food was bad for you, I believe in "better safe than sorry" and would still choose fresh (not artificailly ripened either) and organic wherever possible. Besides, there is much more involved in the whole debate than just the health issues but that needs to be discussed in a whole other hub. Also, I will oppose any field or undertaking that Monsanto have any involvement in.

rjbatty from Irvine on June 07, 2016:

Just a brief statement about genetically modified food. I don't "get" the scare aspect of this. We've been genetically altering food (and animals) for centuries. Do you like having seedless watermelons? It isn't natural. It required genetic modification. Somehow, someway, the concept of genetically modifying our food gained a bad reputation, as if eating modified corn would lead to a deconstruction of our own DNA and turn us all into monsters. I have to stand with guys like Neil DeGrasse Tyson on the subject and claim that this entire subject is a tempest in a teapot. We have lots to worry about but I don't think making a better corn cob is at the top of my list.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 07, 2016:

Thanks for visiting, Alun. I agree totally with your synopsis of both the poem and the comments of others. We certainly have to be grateful for many of the technological and social advances that we enjoy today, but there are also consequences to be faced from tampering with nature, and indeed the overuse of things like antibiotics, fossil fuels etc. I appreciate this insightful comment.

Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on June 07, 2016:

Very powerful and well crafted poem John, with much truth in it. People commenting here seem to take different views from each other, and my own views are mixed. Certainly it is true that science and social changes have enabled us to be much more healthy and comfortable in our lives than we ever have been before. That cannot be denied or denigrated.

But nature has a way of coming back to bite us, and the consequences of our success today may well prove to be our undoing in the future.

I am thinking primarily of the overdependence on medicines and profligate use of antibiotics leading to disease resistant microbes, and above all the overpopulation of the Earth and the dependence on monocultured ultra-hybridised crops which may one day fail us. Generally speaking I am optimistic about the future, but only if we learn to stop taking liberties with nature and depleting natural resources.

I love the brilliant juxtaposition of 'What a Wonderful World' (the beautiful song) with the final picture of polluting industrial complexes. Alun

Surabhi Kaura on June 04, 2016:

Aww Jodah (tears, tears).

A knight in the shining armor, truly. With the power of pen, you will rectify this world, my Dearest. That day is not far. You are always in my thoughts. God bless you always. Thank you for the wishes :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 04, 2016:

Haha Mike. I doubt that I invented "protest poetry" but it is a soapbox I like to stand on. For me it is an easy way to get my message across without having to resort to lengthy diatribes of boring prose.. :) Thanks for reading as always.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 04, 2016:

My Dear Surabhi,

Oh how I have been missing you, your wonderful hubs, and kind comments recently.

Your tribute on Manatita,s hub for Bill Holland was delightful. Thank you for taking the time to check out this hub and for your generous comment.

Our "Soldier" is doing fine (people reading this won't know what we are talking about haha). I look forward to catching up with you when you return in August. Good luck with work and your Uni prep courses. Love you too!

Surabhi Kaura on June 04, 2016:

My Sweet Jodah,

How are you? Miss your writes! Alas! I am tied up for the next two months. Work and university prep courses. Your lovely poem on Billy Sir's 100th mailbag pulled me to your hub. Ha ha. Btw, how's our soldier doing?

Back to the poem - it reads in volumes and it's so true. I have always enjoyed your sincere concern towards humanity. Hats off, my Dear. You speak the Truth.

I will be back in the mid of August. Then we'll catch up once again. Love you!

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on June 04, 2016:

Hello John - hey, did you invent Protest Poetry? Lots of food for thought.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 03, 2016:

I agree Deb, if we had taken real action 30 years ago the world would have been a much healthier place now. Thanks for reading.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on June 03, 2016:

It would be so wonderful to turn back the clock. Alas, what have we done?

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 03, 2016:

What a compliment, Frank. That blows me away. Thanks.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on June 03, 2016:

Your poetry craft is amazing.. I can't say you're getting better because you were perfect from the start.. awesome my friend..

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 01, 2016:

Good for you , Rasma. It is true that we never know what tomorrow holds. If we listened to all the things people say are bad for us we would never do or eat anything, but we need to do what we feel is right.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on June 01, 2016:

An awesome poem. It made me sadly smile. At this point in my life heck with what is bad for me I just live from day to day and love to live life to the fullest so if that means having something someone on the news says is bad for me hey, you only live once. I do wish the things could improve for all the children who still have so much life to live. A long time ago our pastor once said, Eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow you never know.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 31, 2016:

* Thanks Larry, much appreciated.

* Devika, I always appreciate your comments. We need to keep trying to preserve the world's beauty, and make it even better than it is if possible.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on May 31, 2016:

Beautiful! The world is a wonderful place if only one cam make that way.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on May 31, 2016:

Well done.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 30, 2016:

Hi, Tarunponders.

Yes, many people go about there lives not really considering or caring what they don't see as effecting them personally. They are so busy just living that they don't think. We need constant reminders. Thank you for your generous comment.

Tarun Chhauda from Roorkee, India on May 30, 2016:

Hi John,

Thanks for waking us up from our SLUMBER of so called living that we live at the stake of losing the facial aura of our Mother Earth. Your poem really strikes a chord and brings to life the carelessness with which we lead our lives and pay no heed to the surrounding environment. So thanks really for bringing that up.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 30, 2016:

Thank you for the very insightful comment, Missy. I agree with all you say, and though the US election has no direct effect on me here in Australia, it will indirectly, as we are close allies and business partners. I shouldn't comment on your political candidates other than to implore the American people to all vote and make their opinion count. I pray the majority makes the right decision based on what is really important to a just and fair country and a better world.

Missy Smith from Florida on May 30, 2016:

I agree; we should restore this world back to some of the old ways. I'm not against change or moving forward, but there should be a limit to the process. Change should not make us sick, and it has. There is too much progression, and it has produced a lot of pollution. Change is good, but it needs to come with a better plan, instead of no plan at all. It has become a very crucial discussion about needing to keep our earth green and fruitful and the human race free from disease. Global warming is reality people!!! Vote Bernie Sanders for President!!!

Lol...I'm sorry Jodah, I know you are in Australia and who is in charge here is of no concern there, but I couldn't resist. This very subject you present in your poem, is a big debate here in America, and Bernie is the one who wants to fix it. So, I had to make a plea to all Americans who read your hubs. :)

Again, this is an important issue for all the world, and I'm truly happy you brought it up, and brought it up in a way that may make others think and wake up to the reality of a very serious situation we all have. Kudos!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 30, 2016:

Hi Chitrangada. Yes, we do need to be optimistic that we can change the world for the better, and turn away from lust and greed. Thanks for your comment.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on May 30, 2016:

Excellent poem with a strong message!

The World is indeed wonderful but lust and greed is spoiling it. But let us be positive and optimistic that as always goodness will win. We all have to do our part to retain our wonderful World!

Thank you for this creative poem!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 29, 2016:

You never know what you can handle until you are forced to try Shanmarie. Nothing comes naturally at first, but they are acquired skills. Thanks for reading.

Shannon Henry from Texas on May 29, 2016:

Sometimes I wish we all lived like days of old, raising our own food. I can't keep a garden alive very well though and would probably not be good with livestock either.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 29, 2016:

Yes, Vellur. I agree. We just have to work together towards that common goal.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on May 29, 2016:

Great poem, all of us together as a big team can save this world and make it a better place to live in.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 29, 2016:

Great comment, Mel. I'll do my best to keep on fighting with my words if nothing else.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on May 29, 2016:

I agree with you that we are hunter/gatherers and the source of all of our anxiety and depression is because we have lost touch with the animal that we are, and have also lost touch with the spark of magic that puts us on a plane above the animals. Although I bemoan this loss, I don't think we can go back to it because we have severely overpopulated and laid waste to the planet. We have basically no choice now but to live in crowded cities eating genetically engineered food.

The good news is that you, my friend, have not lost touch with what is real. Keep fighting the fight through the magic of your poetry.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Thanks for reading and your comment, Alicia. I hope there are enough people to care about the state of the world to make a difference. I also appreciate your well wishes for our situation.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

At the moment, I am about half way between the new and the old ways, MsDora. We can all do better.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Thank you, Ruby. We keep getting more nd more technology to make life easier, but that isn't the same as "simpler" is it?

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on May 28, 2016:

Your description of what is wrong with the world is depressing but, I think, very accurate. I hope we improve our world and our lives soon. It's going to be a big job.

I was very sorry to read about your wife's situation, Jodah. Best wishes to her and to you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on May 28, 2016:

I second the motion to "Restore life back the way it was." Thanks for expressing the sentiments of so many health-conscious people.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 28, 2016:

We do live in a wonderful world, fancy homes, cars you name it, we have it. Sometimes I long for the days when life was simple and safe. Loved your poetry!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Jackie, they often say you have to prepare for things to get worse before they get better. I just hope it doesn't get much worse. Thank you for agreeing with and liking what I wrote here.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Thanks for your kind words Flourish. I hope I didn't come over sounding sorry for myself. There are many worse off and I remain hopeful in all situations.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Yes, whonu. As writers it is our duty to use our words to advantage and try to convince people to do what we think is right for the world.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Thanks for reading and the in-depth comment RJ. No reply by me would be worthy, but I appreciate you classing this as one of my best works. Normally, I can plan to some extent what I write about, but not the last few months. Anything I have written recently has been spur of the moment, direct from head to keyboard stuff. Despite all my pessimism, I am still optimistic...there's a contradiction, I know. Your situation sounds like a difficult one and yes, each of us is one small insignificant speck on this planet, as our planet is in the universe, but there is a thing called the "butterfly effect" which though not very scientific, I choose to believe in. If enough people do good in the world it will make a difference. Thanks for reading and saying I have the "soul of a poet".

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Spot on, Carb Diva. Kindness, acceptance and love will go a big way to saving the planet...let's just spread it!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

You are so right, Genna. Life is what we make it, and the good people have to unite their thoughts and actions to make it an even better place. Nature is beautiful and I thank God for it every day, we need to protect that.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Yes all seems to depend on your own particular circumstance as to how wonderful or otherwise the world appears at any given time. Glad you are in a happy place right now. Cheers.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on May 28, 2016:

This is great and I have done many a poem through song so I sure like that!

As far as the earth I imagine it will get a whole lot worse before it gets better!

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 28, 2016:

John, I am so sorry about your wife and her family history. I worry about what we as a society have done to our world and thus ourselves. I agree with your poem's message and send you my best.

whonunuwho from United States on May 28, 2016:

Being positive is only part of the equation. We must all take a part in cleaning up this world before its too late. We may start by writing and telling others to stand up. It's a start my friend. whonu

rjbatty from Irvine on May 28, 2016:

Greetings, Jodah. This is one of your best works. You could have gone completely in the opposite direction (as I might have done), since I have a largely negative view on what life has to offer. The effort to live on (despite all the obvious negatives) and find life to still be something beautiful is inspiring.

Like you, I have seen too many of my relatives die "before their time" as they say. My own dad died at 42, my mother at 65. Being at the age of 63 myself, I dwell far too much on the meaninglessness of existence. I don't believe in an afterlife, so what we do, everything we experience falls back to a state of mind and perception.

There are many nights where I lay awake in my bed, trying to sleep, and often I find nothing that comforts me. Existence (conscious existence) seems like a curse. I cannot set aside all the negatives and find nothing redeeming about the physical world -- I mean really I find nothing, nothing at all. I can stare at beauty but see it as all as ephemeral. I once thought that once I hit my sixties I'd be reconciled with the duality of existence. So far, this has not happened.

I look toward people who have a more sunny side up (no pun intended re. your scrambled eggs), and I have alienated many of my friends who apparently cannot tolerate my dark point of view. Going dark, negative is not attractive -- in fact it's off putting. Try as I might to curb my negative outlook, I guess it still seeps through, and my friends stopped corresponding with me -- without even offering a reason. Their silence is deafening. Within my inner circle I have become black listed, and this just compounds the sense of negativity.

I admire people who live through hard times and remain resilient. I don't understand what keeps them afloat (except for those who are believers), and taking a positive outlook seems like the only remedy for me. To date, I have been unable to do this. I've cut back on reading the news because so much of it seems to focus on what is evil/chaotic in the world. I don't need this reinforcement.

My only solace (if you can call it that) is by thinking about the vastness of the cosmos and how tiny my life's troubles seem in the total scheme of creation. I also take some amount of solace in knowing that my world (or I should say my perception of the world) is fleeting and in the end meaningless. Yes, sometimes I'd prefer to be nonexistent than to go on with the struggle of living day by day.

For me, death is not something to be dreaded but a kind of salvation -- an end point to what feels like an endless internal struggle to find some peace of mind. Not many people can tune into this, and so friends and even relatives have closed their gates. My own children consider me to be "psycho" and have no interest in communicating with me.

Although I suffer from depression (diagnosed some 17 years ago), my mind is intact, lucid ... at least for now. My wife has pointed out to me that I tend to always see the "half empty" glass of water, and she's absolutely right. I know that I focus on the dark side. I don't like it but it seems more realistic.

I don't think the universe is for us. We have evidence that the Earth has already incurred mass extinction events. Human beings live such short lives that they can easily overlook that an errant rock from space can put a big, bold period mark on our civilization.

I believe that there are other conscious life forms in the universe -- perhaps one in a billion star systems -- but that would still add up to being a lot of interesting "neighbors." However, I doubt we will ever meet any of them because of the huge distances between the stars and all the circumstantial stuff required to allow any species to evolve to a point of acquiring sufficient technology. We only have to look at our own planet to get a sense of this. Earth is occupied by millions of different species -- from insects to mammals -- and only by extremely specific circumstances homo sapiens came into being. And we spent thousands of years eating grubs or decaying animal flesh until we finally started making primitive (but nevertheless effective) hand tools. It would take tens of thousands of years after that before we understood how to build a skyscraper. In geological terms this was a wink of the eye. On a cosmic level, we (as a species) simply shot up and became the dominant life form on our planet.

I don't find much credence in the concept that we have been visited and are being watched by anyone but ourselves. As Carl Sagan said, extraordinary claims require extraordinary amounts of proof, and we have none. The cosmos is largely vacant of intelligent life. I think we are not alone but we might as well be. For any life form to develop the technology to travel faster than the speed of light would probably require many thousands of years of development -- assuming they were tech-minded in the first place and possessed our same level of curiosity.

I won't venture into quantum physics and the concept of multiverses. Even if the few guys and gals who are devoted to the subject are on target (somehow only using math as a foundation), it still gets us nowhere. Could entities (from a limitless number of multiverses) travel to our own without harm? Even small fluctuations in the physics of one universe to another could prove to be destabilizing and even suicidal. Could some other world (in our own or a multiverse) exist long enough to develop the tech required to visit us? The chances seem few and far between.

But I do enjoy expositions such as your own. They offer a counter-balance -- and I need this just to maintain my own wavering negativity. So, thanks for putting forth the effort. It's a good (if not great) Hub. Reading such material can make me feel all the more isolated, but you weave in a sufficient amount of scepticism about your own work that the whole thing become palatable. You definitely have the "soul" of a poet going for you.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on May 28, 2016:

John - the world we were given was perfect; everything was in balance, but we craved more/bigger/faster...and look at the mess we've made. I doubt that we can ever restore "our beautiful world" but we can make the world a little less ugly in the way that we treat each other. Now THAT is where more/bigger/faster would be a good thing.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on May 28, 2016:

I like this powerful poem, John. For all of the problems humanity has created in this incongruous world, there is still much to be thankful for. Each moment, each in-drawn breath is a gift. I look at nature that feeds the body and the soul, and the good people out there, and it all brings hope. We just have to share that knowing with others before it is too late.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 28, 2016:

If I'm being completely honest I have to admit I really didn't think this was a wonderful world ten years I embrace it all with a smile on my face. What changed? Me!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Hello, Dana. Yes the world is very contradictory (like this poem and the song) and you described some situations very well. Greed is the biggest even in the world. Bless you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Thanks for the wonderful comment, Theresa. Yes there are still many beautiful and pristine places on this earth and many blessings to be thankful for. This was a somewhat pessimistic look at the other side of things. We too often buy from farmers markets, or use what we grow ourselves including eggs. Are more careful now with what we buy at the Supermarket, and I use no prescription drugs but my wife unfortunately has to. Have a great weekend.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on May 28, 2016:

We live in a very contradictory world. They tell us to exercise and take vitamins, build gyms and what-not, yet they put chemicals in our food and make us sick. They tell us to not smoke cigarettes, spend fortunes on commercial ads warning us against cigarettes, yet it doesn't stop them from selling cigarettes. Oh, what a greedy world we live in, the lure of money and power will make some sell their soul.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Thanks Val, I agree. An aqua instance was being treated for prostate cancer...they told him they had done all they could but to put his affairs in order as the prognosis wasn't good. He went back to the doc in thre months and all trace of cancer is gone. The doctor's say it happens occasionally but they can't explain it. Positive thinking.

Stress causes many illnesses.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on May 28, 2016:

Hi John,

You've shared a lot of truth here in your poem of concern for our lifestyles in today's world. I believe greed is at the root of all of this, even as relates to household shelves being loaded up with prescription drugs, with overtime do more damage and bloat one's body up to an unrecognizable size so fast. Although, some meds are necessary of course. But doctors seem to be in with pharmaceutical companies and just pushing whatever new drug they come up with...greed.

I am thankful to live in the area in which I do for we have farmers who do not use such to feed their livestock and grow their crops without all of that too, and so I am blessed to have freshly grown food at the local farmer's markets. I do hope farmers do not give into greed to just to make more dollars.

Having said all of that, I believe there is still so much wonderful blessings in this life to enjoy, just by looking around at nature and all the beauty found there. I guess some parts of the world, especially large industrial cities are toxic, but other areas are still pristine.

God bless you and yours

ValKaras on May 28, 2016:

John - Sorry to hear that about your wife and her family's misfortune with health. As you may know by now, my mindset is all wrapped around the mind's power to keep us well. Sometimes it's probably hereditary. However, according to those scientists in epigenetics - our mind style and especially our predominant emotional climate can override any negative activity in our genome. The evidence of all such spontaneous remissions is still anecdotal - but I would advise EVERY cancer sufferer to maximize their positivism to give an extra boost to their immune system.

I am not playing a smart-ass here, but just mentioning what smarter-than-I have said. - Val

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Thanks, btrbell. Yes, some people will do anything. Appreciate you reading.

Randi Benlulu from Mesa, AZ on May 28, 2016:

Isn't this the truth?! Yoy are so right. We just keep fixing what's wrong instead if going back to basics.

Even in my job as an optician, I watch some of my peers bend, twist and manipulate eyewear to an unrecognizable state instead of returning them to their original shape and, surprise, they tend to fit!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Thanks, Val. Your opinions are always most welcome. I am, as you say, a lover of life and the world. I think the theme of this poem was inspired a little by recent personal circumstances. Three years ago, my wife's younger sister died of an incurable brain tumor (4 months from diagnosis to death), three weeks ago she found out her older brother has the same thing, and has 6 months tops. Her other brother has leukemia, she has already survived cervical cancer and now has to have a biopsy on a breast lump, and will have genetic experiments done regarding the brain cancer to see if there is a defective gene in the family. So apart from that life is good and I am optimistic, but it makes you wonder. Some people I admit go through life without ever having to visit the doctor and live to 100.

ValKaras on May 28, 2016:

John - I love the poem, but I am too much of an optimist to take seriously all those elements of assault on our wellbeing. I think these are the best times ever, the average lifespan has doubled from Middle Ages, technology, entertainment, education, hygiene, freedoms... but then YES, there is a whole army of alarmists out there that are cashing in on our fear. Add medical and pharma business.

At times I can't help but laugh - according to them, we shouldn't breathe, eat, drink, we should crawl into a hole to be safe from radiation.

We have liver and kidney to take care of toxins, and we have mighty minds and positive emotions(that we hardly use) to keep our immune system strong. That GMO, and pollution, and radiation, and epidemics don't do much to us if we just don't hypnotically fall for all that alarmism and negative messages that bombard us daily and make us perfect customers for medical and pharma businesses.

However, John, as little as I know you, I know your love for life and the world, and I will always admire your superb poetic expressions, regardless of the theme. - Have a great day my good friend! - Val

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

Hi, Nadine. Glad you liked this poem, and I really appreciate you sharing it around. Despite all this it is a wonderful world...the only one we've got anyway.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on May 28, 2016:

Loved it so much I will share it around. Yes all those things are now happening and more...but indeed lets look at the bright site. Life still has wonderful moments.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 28, 2016:

So do I, Venkatachari, so do I. Thank you for your kind comment and for always reading my hubs.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on May 28, 2016:

Wow! It's a wonderful poem. You put forth everything so accurately. The blatant truth of it all! I think it is very difficult to get rid of all these things and once again become natural, close to nature.

I appreciate your concern and hope something miracle may happen to make it a wonderful world.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 27, 2016:

Thanks Al. It is a wonderful world, despite all the things I mention in the poem...but we can strive to make it better.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 27, 2016:

Eric, yours is an all too familiar scenario. A lot of Australians were exposed to radiation at a place called Maralinga (nuclear experimental site) and developed cancer because of it, most without ever receiving compensation. Thousands since affected by exposure to asbestos and suffering or dying of that etc etc. I understand why this poem struck a chord with you. Thank you for reading as always.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 27, 2016:

Thanks,Dean. Sometimes the best way to get a message across is through the use of contradictions like this. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.

Al Wordlaw from Chicago on May 27, 2016:

Wonderful poem, as a matter of fact it is perfect for those that really want to live and enjoy like. Thanks Johdah/

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on May 27, 2016:

John, I think it is a marvelous world. But there is this thing called Radiation Exposure Compensation Act. My gov. knowingly exposed me to radiation. And I got cancer because of it. RECA. I can't drink my gov. water. I have to stay indoors some days.

But they cannot make me fail to love my wonderful world.

Thanks buddy this hit a cord with me.

Dean Traylor from Southern California/Spokane, Washington (long story) on May 27, 2016:

Great poem. Love how you convey your message through the use of Louis Armstrong ' s song about hope and words state otherwise.

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