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Writers: The Lonesome Ones

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

Kindred Spirits or Coincidental Themes

Once again, I find myself writing a poem/article that has a similar theme or message to that of one of my friends. In this case it is the talented Missy Smith.

Missy recently published a wonderful hub "A Poem of Dedication to All Who Expand Their Creative Minds." Well, she beat me to it! I was part way through writing this poem when I read Missy's, and was once again surprised at how our minds seem to be thinking similar thoughts at the same time. We really do seem to be kindred spirits.

While Missy dedicated her poem to a number of inspirational writers, past and present (including some fellow hubbers) I would find it impossible to dedicate this poem to specific people without missing out someone important. That said, because Missy's hub is partially the inspiration for this, I dedicate "The Lonesome Ones" to her and all my other valued friends and followers here at HubPages.


The Lonesome Ones

I dedicate this humble ode

To others just like me,

Creative writers one and all

Though troubled they may be.

They write in many different styles,

And live a world apart.

Ink, not blood, flows through their veins,

And they write straight from the heart.


Sometimes they write to educate

And encourage where they can,

Or expose injustice in the world

Caused by their fellow man.

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Some have studied literature,

While others are self-taught,

But the thing they have in common

Is the writing bug they caught.

Each writer expresses feelings

In unique and special ways,

Through poetry, or fiction,

Short stories, novels, plays.

It's rarely dreams of riches

That lights a writer's fire,

More often it's a hidden need

To create words that inspire.

We write because we have to,

Not just because we can.

Our muse reveals our heart and soul

By putting word to pen.

A writer may be single,

Or have spouses, daughters, sons.

But, as writing requires time alone,

We are the lonesome ones.


© 2017 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 18, 2017:

Great minds think alike, Tamara. I appreciate your generous comment. Have a great week.

Tamara Moore on June 18, 2017:

This is deeply revealing of my own experiences with writing. Thank you for sharing my very own thoughts into such a wonderful work of art.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 04, 2017:

Hi, Ann. I think the mere thought that what we write can make a difference to people's lives, and even the world, inspires me. Yes, it can be lonely with often only your thoughts for company. Thank you for that great comment.

Ann Carr from SW England on June 04, 2017:

You've said it in a nutshell; 'we write because we have to'. Many of us are driven by that inner muse who gives us ideas and pushes us to give them an outlet.

However, you're so right about the 'lonesome ones'. It is a lonely business when you're locked in your thoughts, focussed on your work, away from everyone and the world. Some understand, some don't, but we can make a difference and we should keep those words of inspiration coming.

Great stuff, John, and a great quote to finish!


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 22, 2017:

Thank you for reading this, Shauna. The closing photo is one I took near Nimbin, New South Wales and the inscription is one we chose for our motto at The Creative Exiles. So glad you enjoyed the poem.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on May 22, 2017:

John, I love this poem. It defines the writer's soul. The closing photo and inscription is awesome. Inspirational words to live by, my poetic friend!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 23, 2017:

Better late than never, Missy :) Just joking, I knew you would see this one when you had the time. Yes, we do live very different lifestyles but it's funny how we often seem to be in sync with our thoughts and ideas... And connected by "the spirit of poetry" as you say.

Missy Smith from Florida on April 22, 2017:

I love it, John!! Thank you so much!! I wish I got here a lot sooner. It seems I'm always late to cast the first comment.

It is really unbelievable how our minds are of similar thoughts, because we also have two different lifestyles, don't we? I love to know we are connected by our spirit though; a spirit of poetry and urgency to tell tales.

Thank you again, my dear wonderful friend.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 18, 2017:

Thank you for those kind sentiments MsDora. They make my day. If my words inspire anyone it is a blessing.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 18, 2017:

My pleasure, Linda. I will be over to check out your poem.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on April 18, 2017:

Thanks for breaking my very long poetry writer's block. Reading your poem made my soul yearn to write one. You and my lake view brought my muse out for a spin. Thanks John.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 18, 2017:

Jodah, I admire many of the excellent poets, including you, on HP. You inspire me, sometimes writing thoughts that are mine exactly, though I can never express them as well as you do. Whenever, it feels lonesome, imagine the many of us who are blessed by your work. Thanks today and always!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 18, 2017:

Hi Flourish, yes the Internet has mad writing a little less lonely because we can connect with other writers who understand us (like on HubPages).

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 18, 2017:

Thank you so much for such a wonderful comment, John. It is an honor to have you want to read it over and to share it with other writers. God bless you always.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 17, 2017:

A cute poem. Writing can be a solitary endeavor, but thankfully we have the Internet where we can seek both solitude and community.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 17, 2017:

Thanks for the kind words Linda. Glad this inspired you. Looking forward to reading your poem.

John Ward from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. on April 17, 2017:

I will be reading this poem a lot more times and referring it to a lot of writers I know. It is GOOD and says a lot on why the vast Majority of writers write. I have found that it is largely a lonely life as we have to do our research, Collect our information, Assimilate and organize our Pieces and time to write, edit and rewrite. Yes it can be a lonesome time. I enjoyed the Poem (Ode to a writer) immensely. Thank you a hundredfold. God bless. John W

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on April 17, 2017:

Beautifully expressed poem about the journey of a writer. You've inspired me to pull out a poem from my soul as it's been quite some time since I've done so. Love your work.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 17, 2017:

Thanks a lot Larry. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 17, 2017:

Thank you for your kind words Emese. I am glad you could relate to this.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on April 17, 2017:

You really captured the disease of being a writer here:-). I really enjoyed this.

Emese Fromm from The Desert on April 17, 2017:

What a perfect description of writers, poets, lovers of words, everywhere. Yes, "we write because we have to", and are probably the only human beings who look forward to being alone, so we can dedicate our time exclusively to the words we want to put on paper (or computer), regardless of publishing the work or not. Very well said; beautiful.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 17, 2017:

It is always great to see a comment from you, Dana. Thank you very much. I hope it has put a light in the heart of writers who read it.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on April 16, 2017:

'Ink, not blood, flows through their veins,

And they write straight from the heart"

Thank you for the beautiful words.

I'm sure this poem has put a light in the heart of every writer who has read it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 16, 2017:

I appreciate that wonderful comment, Linda. Thank you. I will look up "All the Light We Cannot See." I like the name and you make it sound extraordinary.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 16, 2017:

Thank you, Bill. My pleasure. Beatles songs are always conducive to inspiring a writing mood. I hope something wonderful results from listening to "Eleanor Rigby."

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 16, 2017:

Thank you, Venkat. Your comments are always greatly appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 16, 2017:

Thank you, Clive. blessings back.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on April 16, 2017:

blessings to you my fellow writer.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on April 16, 2017:

Very nice hub with beautifully rhyming poetry. it's true that we, writers, feel the urge to write and share our thoughts with people.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 16, 2017:

Beautiful, John, but I would expect nothing else. Thanks for giving a shout out to the lonely ones...I will now go listen to "Eleanor Rigby" and get in the mood for writing. :)

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 16, 2017:

Wow, John this is...I can't even find the words. Amazing. This part of your verse really spoke to me "We write because we have to, not just because we can. Our muse reveals our heart and soul by putting word to pen.

I just finished reading a book that was breathtaking in its craftsmanship. It took 10 years for the author to complete it; every word was carefully and skillfully chosen. The book won a Pulitzer prize--I can see why. "All the Light We Cannot See." Find it; read it. You will be blown away by the imagery.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 16, 2017:

Yes, Genna. Writing is very much "like falling in love." If for some reason I couldn't write for say a month, it would be as though I was separated. Cheers.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 16, 2017:

Thank you, Ruby, especially for saying that I write from the heart and it shows. That means a lot and I am glad you enjoy reading my poetry. Happy Easter to you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 16, 2017:

Hi Debangee. I agree that loneliness is not a weakness and can in fact be calming and peaceful. Thank you for the kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 16, 2017:

Eric, I too can feel lonely in a room full of people and comfortable when alone with a pen and book. Sometimes, my spouse may feel lonely when I have a number of writing projects on and I am hiding away in my study.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 16, 2017:

"We write because we have to..." Absolutely. Like falling in love, writing chooses us -- not the other way around. Beautiful words, Jodah.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 16, 2017:

Jamie, so glad to hear this has inspired you. We need some stability in life and writing can provide that even when everything else goes wrong.

manatita44 from london on April 16, 2017:

So sorry to hear.

Didn't you move recently? Not easy.

Here in NY, the spiritual current is so high, not enough time to be troubled. I'll be there again within the hour. Would you like to join us? (chuckle)

DEBANGEE MANDAL from India on April 15, 2017:

Lonliness is not weakness, it is giving time to oneself. It is strength to supersede all who have abandoned her .

When I am lonely I feel peaceful. I can think , write and imagine peacefully.

Very well written hub. Excellent presentation. Keep it up!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on April 15, 2017:

Lonesome and lonely are beautiful hellbent concepts. I get lonely in a room full of people and all cozy reading one author alone. I do not suggest that I transcend the physical -- in fact maybe I am afraid of it.

Don't call the rubber room shrinks on me but the ten guys in my head keep me plenty socialized.

I come from a realm where the coin is/was plenty for a guy who could write a Supreme Court Brief on the necessity of probable cause to pull you over in your car. My buddies back there think I am lonely writing sermons. Maybe but it beats the hell out of wearing a tie ;-)

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 15, 2017:

Boy, did you hit the nail on the head. Loners we are, and we need to write poetry, stories, whatever. It makes us happy and hopefully our followers will enjoy. I enjoyed your poem. I always do. You write from the heart and it shows...Happy Easter..

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on April 15, 2017:

Thank you John. This poem was inspirational to me. I find that no matter what happens in my life I still write. Jamie

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 15, 2017:

Thank you for reading Coffeequeeen. I really need to just block everything out when I sit down to write, so if there are others around they probably feel I am ignoring them. It is like going into a meditative state. Glad to hear you enjoy reading poetry even if they aren't the genre you write. Happy Easter.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 15, 2017:

Thank you Manatita. I will accept "cute and charming" :) I admit to being "troubled, too. Thanks for reading. Happy Easter.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 15, 2017:

Jan, occasionally I do have that same feeling when the urge to write strikes and I have other "more pressing" things to attend to. But when we finally do sit down to write ..then our loved ones and family may be the "lonesome ones."

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 15, 2017:

Paula, what a wonderfull comment. I take it you are referring to the "I Choose" quote as being by Miranda Marrott? No, I was not aware who wrote it. I found it among anonymous quotes and placed it on my own photo as a background. Thank you for educating me. I am glad these words are special to you and I can see how they would be a suitable description of you what I have observed. You are right that being alone and feeling lonely are two different things, and I rarely feel lonely either (especially when I am writing.) Yes, we have moved from our country block into town. We started about a month ago and it has not finished yet as we have had to build a chicken run as well as a cat enclosure before we can move all our critters. Almost finished finally, so should be completely moved in a week or so. Peace to you.

Suzie from Carson City on April 15, 2017:

Jodah....Where ever and however you find your motivation, creativity and inspiration, no doubt, you must always draw from this wonderful place.

I am very moved to see you added a Miranda Marrott quote! Were you even aware from whom those fabulous words originated? If you're not familiar with Miranda, you are missing something truly impressive. This young woman, wife and mother is amazing in many ways. I won't go on about her as you're perfectly capable of researching her bio.

The really special thing for me is when I first saw the quote, I smiled with tears, Jodah. A few yrs. ago, a group of my special treasure of close friends had an enormous tapestry embroidered and framed as a birthday gift to me. On the tapestry, was Miranda's quote, as these dear friends of mine said it describes me to the letter. That was an occasion I will keep in my heart forever. I can honestly tell you, I have never been so overwhelmed and grateful. I cry every time I look at it!

I just wanted you to know your choice touched my heart.

Of all the emotions and multiple frames of mind I've entertained or embraced, I must be totally honest and tell you, I do not know "loneliness or boredom." Those 2 monsters simply have never entered my personal space. Certainly I experience unbearable pain of missing several much-loved people no longer in this world with me, but that is miles away from being lonely.

When alone, I'm comfortable and content because I see this as my own choice. I know at all times that I am free to seek company or find "people" around any corner, just waiting to share discussion and laughter.

In fact, Jodah, reading the works of you and all my Hubpages friends is very much like a relaxing visit with my friends here!

I understand what you mean by feeling lonely when we're wrapped up in our writing. It's important to feel every emotion while our muse is in action. I will tell you that your muse is very good to your readers, so you must enjoy his company!!....:) Hope you and yours are enjoying the week-end. I saw written somewhere that you have moved? From where to where, Jodah? Moving is such a chore! I hope it's all behind you now. Peace, Paula

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on April 15, 2017:

Ah, John. This is so on point. But I have a confession. Sometimes I wish I could lock myself away just to write, uninterrupted, with no clients, no phone calls, and no dinner to cook for hubby, just for a few days. Our loved ones and friends may be the lonely ones. Love this poem, so full of truth. Thanks for the dedication.

manatita44 from london on April 15, 2017:

Cute and charming as so many of yours are. Again, rhymes well and I've touched on this before. I think this line is funny. At least it made me laugh:

'Though troubled they may be.' - Jodah

I like the idea that you see the diversity in what we do. So necessary! Yet each offering something special in his/her own way. Happy Easter!

P.S. Funny what one can see in a picture. Yours is so inwardly beautiful!!

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on April 15, 2017:

That last verse makes a lot of sense. Writing is, indeed, time to be alone. I love writing, but not very good at writing poems though lol. I do enjoy reading them on this website though.

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