An Ode to Our Dear Friend John
By Susan Hancock
Copyright 2002, Susan Hancock
You touched our hearts with love
In the gift of song.
You lifted our spirits in turbulent times
Times of war and hate,
Confusion and change
Love and peace.
You cheered the world on
And gave us music,
Hope and happiness.
Yes, you were a truly talented, artisitc genius
For to give joy to millions of people
Is something precious.
We will miss you, our dear friend, John,
But your poetry and music will continue to be heard.
Escaping the depths of oblivion
You live on.
About the Author
Susan Hancock started writing poetry at the ripe old age
of nine years. Her first poem, "War", an anti- war
statement, was published in her elementary school newspaper in
Chicago. She has continued to write poetry and publish in various
anthologies throughout her life.
Since one cannot usually make a stable living from writing poetry, Susan
decided to become a nurse. It also reflects her "te" or inner
nature. As a nurse for the Los Angeles School District, she faces a steady
influx of needy clients from crying four- year- olds to stressed out
teachers. Writing poetry has always been her therapy- an outlet for
coping with the demands of her job and daily stressors.
The Beatles have always been an important piece of the puzzle that completes
her. She considers herself - foremost and utmost - a lifetime
Beatlemaniac. Her domestic partner and boyfriend, Eric, has been putting up
with this craziness for the 12 years they've been together. Their five
spoiled cats have become used to wild dancing and cheering every time a Fab
Four song is played on the radio. Such is the life of a muse, nurse, and
Susan Hancock what you thought of her poem!
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