One Day in a Lifetime (everyday verse)

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Hungry Bird


Small

blue bird

sings gaily

at the sun rise.

Rejoicing the day,

spreads it's wings wide

to catch the rays.

Spies a worm,

welcome

meal.

Ready for the Day


Dawn chill settles gently,

Makes me feel alive.

Look out new day

I am ready

For you.

Any challenge

That you may bring

I eagerly embrace,

And will surely overcome.

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Ginger and Loula
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One Day in a Lifetime


On sleepy weekend mornings

It's good to stay in bed,

Underneath the blankets,

Dreams still in my head.


As the sun moves higher,

Bird song fills my ears.

I yawn, then stretch my arms out wide,

As my body changes gears.


I kiss my wife "Good Morning",

Then rise to meet the day.

First, to put the kettle on,

So coffee's on its way.


Any special plans or chores

We discussed the night before.

As I wait the water's boil,

I open up the door.


The dogs rush in to greet me,

I pet them all in turn.

The cats meow for their morning feed,

I guess they'll never learn.


I take My Love a steaming cup

Of tea, her preferred brew.

Then I sit by the window

And sip my coffee too.


Relaxing with my current book,

Whatever that may be.

My goal to read one chapter,

Or maybe two or three.


Then time to make some breakfast.

For me it's eggs and toast,

And for my wife, her usual,

It's yoghurt and rolled oats.


Maybe one more cuppa,

Before the daily chores,

Like washing up and vacuuming,

And other stuff that bores.


But when that's done, the day is free,

To do with as we please.

Maybe a drive to visit friends,

Or picnic beneath the trees.


My wife could do some craft work,

And I may watch some sport,

Or put the four dogs on their leads

And take them for a walk.


We could attend a market,

Or have lunch at the club.

More likely we wll stay at home,

And I'll write another hub.

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The Beatles

© 2014 John Hansen

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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

How beautifully you weaved happenings of a day in your life ! From rising to writing a hub, everything written is sweet and interesting. I also liked the quotes all around the hub, especially " once you learn how to be happy......). John, sometimes I think how simple things in life are so wonderful to feel but we don't give them a damn look. You are a true artist and makes us to pay attention to all that. Voted up.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

In one day so much can be and so much can change. A great point here and I face my challenges with a smile. I have learned to happy from within ans have always been that way. I found true happiness from me.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you once again for your kind words Harishprasad. I fell you are very in tune with how I look at the world and life. It's often the little things that we don't give enough importance to that really fill our lives, and how we approach them makes a difference to our entire lives.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment Devika. You're right everything can change in just one day. It's not the things we do in life but how we approach them that is important. Just do everything with passion and to the best of your ability and you will gain satisfaction and happiness.


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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

All very beautiful. Didn't miss the geometric shape of "Hungry Bird." The third poem is so jolly; it makes me want to sing. Thank you.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

wow, of late your hubs just blow me away Jodah.. Kudos...


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you MsDors, yeah you got it. :)

Glad the third one made you want to sing.

That's quite a compliment Frank. Much appreciated.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Do you have a "nanny cam" in my house? (I need the dogs and I almost always beat the sun -- but otherwise -- scary)

These poems bring hope, joy, and inspiration.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Eric, spy cams are everywhere. I like it when my poetry brings those things.


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The Examiner-1 2 years ago

All of them were beautiful John. They had true originality. The pictures were useful, funny, etc. This was really good. I voted up and pinned it.

Kevin


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for taking the time to read these poems and for your kind comments Kevin. I greatly appreciate the vote up and pinning also.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Oh Jodah,

I was hoping this awesome song would be incorporated when I saw the title...

Your work is "Nellieanna - like" in authenticity and the ability to inspire gratefulness for the simple beauties of life.

Voted UP and Awesome and Beautiful. Thanks for the smiles!


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jhamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

This was the poem I needed to read this morning with my morning coffee, as my mind goes over all the reading I have to do and all the writing I have in mind. Thank you Jodah for this inspirational hub, you made my morning. Jamie


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

Delightful read this beautiful Sunday morning. I have many chores to do today. Because of your upbeat attitude, i will whistle while i work. Ha. Beautiful, tweeted....


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I appreciate your generous comment marcoujor. I am glad you like that Beetles song. Wow, that is a big compliment, comparing my poetry to Nellieanna', She is one of my inspirations. Thanks for the vote up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jamie. It's always great when you read a hub that conveys just the right message you need at that particular time, to inspire or encourage. Thank you for your comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Ruby, glad this made your day. Enjoy your housework and your Sunday.


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RachaelOhalloran 2 years ago from United States

Jodah, it is always a pleasure to come by to read your work. Today's was a special treat and uplifting to me in my busy time right now. I just love how you can rhyme and make sense! I really mean that.

Voted up and beautiful. :)


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Jodah, this is so lovely -- what a wonderful poem and images to start my day with. To be thankful for the daily things in life is so rewarding. Thank you for writing these poems.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hello Rachael, it's great to have you read my hubs. I am glad this hub helped to uplift you. That is my measure of success if my writing can have that effect on others. Thanks for your kind remarks and vote up. I sometimes think I take being able to write successful rhyme for granted.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Phyllis. We need to appreciate the everyday, mundane things that make up our lives. Just rejoice in living. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Beautiful and inspirational poetry all around! So true, the gift of one day of life ...such a blessing each moment. Thank you for sharing your moments in this wonderful life.

I really enjoyed this exceptional hub. So glad to see my lovely friend, marcoujor found your writing.

We are enjoying a long weekend here in the states. Hope you are enjoying your weekend too.

Up and more, tweeting, pinning and sharing

Blessings always


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

I truly do enjoy your poetry. It is down to earth, simple in its deliver, and always carries a punch with it. Well done as always my friend.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

Every day is a joy, promising all sorts of mysteries, some welcome, some not. We can guarantee it will not be boring!

Love your poems, making us think about our own and others' days.

Mine has been full of sunshine, from the weather and also from my children and grandchildren - it doesn't get much better than that!

My best wishes to you. Ann


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

John, this is just beautiful, this is how life is meant to be.

Voting the up UABI, and sharing.

You are blessed

Shyron.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Amen! Which is why it's best to live "One day at a time." Some days I live by one minute at a time, but that's just who I am :)


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

John, this page tinkles and tingles with delight. I just love it! So uplifting and, at the same time, so down-to-earth. And your hub design is lovely, charming and appealing. I truly love this one!


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

Jodah what a beautiful collection of uplifting poetry. It was a beautiful way to start the day opening up hubpages and seeing something so beautiful. The art work was spectacular and the words of wisdom attached to them were delightful and uplifting. This was a very enjoyable read, I appreciate you so for sharing. Definitely voted up!...by the way congratulation on your award it was well deserved.


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Jodah.....So very creative and inspirational! I truly enjoyed this work and the pictures are fabulous. You have been such a pleasant and talented addition to the HP Community! I'm happy and honored to have the opportunity to know you and experience your writing, Jodah....UP++++


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Faith, thank you for reading, tweeting, pinning and sharing this...wow! Did I mention your kind comment too? Yes marcoujor and I just found each other recently. I have been making a point recently of checking out regular commenters on my friend's hubs. My weekend was quiet but pleasant, thanks. Glad your long weekend is going well. Blessings back.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for always taking the time out of your busy day to read and comment on mine and everyone else that you follow's hubs Bill. Your encouragement and support is appreciated.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

So glad you have been having a great day Ann. Having grandchildren around usually endures that. Thank you for reading and your kind and insightful comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Shyron, for your kind words and continued support of my writing. (And the vote ups and shares of course)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

You must lead a busy life Sunshine...but "live by the minute" is a great motto. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Great to see you again Nellieanna. Another Hubber actually commented that this hub was "Nellieanna-like". That was a great compliment to me, as you are one of my greatest inspirations on here. I am so glad you enjoyed this one.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Dana for your continued support and kind words. I am glad this hub helped to make your day. Thanks for the vote up and congratulations. If I remember rightly, you received a reward too, well done.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading fpherj48, it is comments like this that humble me. But make me so proud to be part of this wonderful community. Thank you for the kind words and vote up.


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BlossomSB 2 years ago from Victoria, Australia

Lovely poems - and obviously I'm not the only one to think so. Have a great day!


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

Add Your Comment..Oh, my, I am flattered. Thank you, Maria. I admire John’s work tremendously and can’t help being pleased at your compliment! That was so sweet and gratifying that it is in the message and authenticity that you noticed similarities!

John, I hadn’t read her comment when I was commenting on your hub. I had simply enjoyed your message, sincerity and a particularly appealing way you presented it all, as both an actually visual and a mental image collage, - so unique and effective, as all your readers would - and do - agree.

Yes, I can detect there are similarities, but yours is all yours and completely original! So each of us has been given pleasure and inspiration by the other’s work! That is really quite a mutual compliment!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Blossom. You have a great day too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Nellianna, I feel our styles are distinctly our own, but it is still nice to be compared. I may have got some ideas and inspiration by your diversity and style of setting out your hubs. It is good to have my hubs remind someone of you however.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

Jodah, you seem to write poetry so effortlessly. It's always smooth and flowing. I love this little weekend journey.


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

"Yes, I can detect there are similarities, but yours is all yours and completely original!"

Yes, my beautiful Nellieanna...this is precisely correct. I am honored that you are "cool" with my comparison, as I think you are the highest caliber in all you pen.

You forever inspire me and I am feeling 'similar feelings' in the small sampling I have read (so far) in my new buddy, Jonah.

And sorry, Jonah, but I hope you know that us Hubber chicks are quite comfy 'talking around you' on your very comment stream!

Hugs to you both, Maria


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Shauna, sometimes find t easier to communicate through poetry than speech or prose. Thanks agan for reading, glad you liked this.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

H Maria, it's all good, feel free to talk around me...lol. It helps add to the interesting comment stream..and Nellieanna and I don't mnd being compared.


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Nikkij504gurl 2 years ago from Louisiana

Good poems. good hub. love the pictures


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for visiting Nikki, glad you enjoyed this hub. Haven't seen you in awhile. Welcome back.


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

I like the sense of relaxation your poem creates - a perfect start to a brand new day. Lovely and some fun visuals to accompany your theme. So enjoyed this.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and enjoying this hub travmaj. A day may not always be exciting, but that doesn't mean it isn't worthy of being written about. Have a great day.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

I enjoyed these, especially the last one. It's funny how Hubbing can grow from a small hobby to a larger one. The collage was beautiful, too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Flourish it grows. I am not addicted to anything else, cigarettes, alcohol etc, but I think I am becoming a 'hubaholic'. Thanks for reading and your kind comment.


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

Really like this! Nice meter and rhyming AND - you made me smile: I often stay home in favor of writing a hub. :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for the kind comment cclitgirl. Glad you could relate to this poem, keep smiling.


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Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

Your poem was full of love Jodah. Full of small treasures and peace found. You captured the secret of happiness in you poem perfectly. Anna :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Anna. I tried to show it is the little things we take for granted that can truly make us happy.


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

Delightful read, I really like your poetry. The photos are lovely, except for the marmalade cat. Funny, I looked just like him this morning. (P.S, I'm a cat lover, so I'm not criticizing the cat.)


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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Yeah, I failed today's mission: Get out of bed early. The lovely robins singing in chorus woke me up, in fact. :)

What a truly enjoyable read! Words so vivid yet the images you use makes it even more delightful and powerful.

Up, beautiful and sharing.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

Such simple things Jodah, but so amazing! I loved the way you wrote this, I could see everything you said, and yes its the same in my house too, more or less, apart from the dogs and cats, but we do have goldfish! lol!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you MizBejabbers, glad you enjoyed reading this.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Cris, it is always great to get your kind comments. Glad you enjoyed the words and images. Appreciate the vote up and share too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey Nell, glad that you can relate to this. We all need to appreciate the simple things. Thank you.


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Mel Carriere 2 years ago from San Diego California

Beautiful poem. The only complaint I have is that if I try to kiss my wife before brushing my teeth she punches me. Nice work from down undah.


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AliciaC 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

These are lovely poems about greeting the day, Jodah. Your hub is visually attractive and very enjoyable.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Haha Mel, guess you just have to get up and clean your teeth first, then kiss her. Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind comments Alicia. Glad you enjoyed this hub.


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shanmarie 2 years ago from Texas

"They" always say that tomorrow is a new day and I love the way you speak of embracing each day. I can't help but also notice your repeated mention of birds. I watch them often. There's something delightful and free about them.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading nd commenting shanmarie. Yes I like birds, we live in the country so they are everywhere. I love their song and freedom.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I loved, “One Day in a Lifetime”…it tells a story of the morning and the day…how it is greeted and embraced with a gracious and thankful heart. This is a life lived. :-) “Stillness opens us to the beauty of life.” How very true! (I and liked how you capitalized “My Love.”) Voted up and shared.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you so much Genna. I always appreciate your kind and insightful comments. Many of us are bored with the mundane day to day aspects of our lives. We need to learn how to appreciate the little things. (Had to show how much I love her:) thanks for the vote up and share.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

These are beautiful John--I love this tender side of your writing


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Audrey, yes I do have a couple of different sides. I tend to prefer this one too.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up and awesome. Perfectly delightful and loved the music. Passing this on.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Always a delight to see you visitng and enjoying my hubs. Thank you Gypsy.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

John, it's fun to revisit your great hub! You're so right that we don't mind the comparison. Tells a lot about each of our hearts and styles.

Just a note about what Maria said about us chicks and our habit of "talking around" the owner of a comment thread when the comments take a turn into becoming something of a discussion. haha. There are so many delightful instances of this scattered among many Hubbers' comment threads and they always seem to be an 'added something', expanding the function of the comment threads. I find myself wishing there were "Like" buttons to show appreciation of some of the great comments. Overexposure to FB, I guess. . . I'll hush. Don't want to bring down unfavorable attention here.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for revisiting Nellieanna. Yes intelligent and insightful comments can really add to the value of a hub. I really appreciate people who take the time to comment, and yes there should be a 'like' button for good comments. I really like it if my hub can generate a friendly discussion. Have a great day.


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Nellieanna 2 years ago from TEXAS

My pleasure, always, John.


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wordswithlove 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

Indeed, John, your life sounds idyllic and HAPPY! Loved your poems and the joy you bring through them. Thank you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for visiting my hubs wordswithlove. I apprecate your knd comments. My life has t's moments but overall, quite idyllic as you say.


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wordswithlove 2 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

It wouldn't be life if it didn't have its moments, John, would it?


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

H wordswithlove, exactly. This was a normal day, but they aren't all that uneventful...lol.


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

I enjoyed this poem about how your day might be and loved it. You always give us a bit of humor as well. Uneventful days are those I have come to appreciate lately. Awesome hub again.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

I always appreciate your kind comments Pamela. Thank you for reading this and I am glad you enjoyed it. I agree, uneventful days are often the best, less stressful and dramatic.


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cclitgirl 2 years ago from Western NC

Love the imagery and nature references in your poems. They're spun with eloquent words that make you ponder about things that are really special in this life. Well done. :)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this cclitgirl, and for your lovely comment. I am glad you enjoyed these poems and the images.


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Sky321 2 years ago from Canada

Nice stuff! Voted up and beautiful! I love your background page on your profile too. From another nature lover.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Sky, and the kind comment.It's always good to hear from another nature lover.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

Ah-- this is beautiful John!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hey, thanks Audrey. I just need to share one of my older hubs from time to time that haven't been getting any views. :) I appreciate your kind comment.


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AudreyHowitt 2 years ago from California

I shared it around!


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Eric Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

Loved all 3, but specifically the first one about the bird appealed to me most. I envied the bird.

EWF


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word55 2 years ago from Chicago

Another wonderful one Jodah. Nice pics and video too.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Audrey, much appreciated.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading Eric. Yes so do I....lucky bird.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi word55, good to see you. Glad you enjoyed the poetry, pics and video. Bless you.


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

Jodah, your hubs contain so many elements that should be savored one by one and enjoyed as a whole.

Each day for you seems not only balanced, but open to whatever comes your way. We should all live that way to the extent possible.

Voted Up++

Jaye


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Jaye, your words are full of wisdom :)

I just savour whatever comes my way each day. I never have unreal expectations. If something is meant to happen it will. Thank you for the vote up too.


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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

This hub was very refreshing and relaxing. I loved the quotes and the pictures. Great Job Jodah.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for taking the time to read this hub of mine lisa, and I appreciate your kind comments. Have a great day.

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