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Let Me Live in a House on a Quiet Country Road: a poem

Updated on September 29, 2016
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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Should I Stay, or Should I Go?

If you are one of those bold people who embrace change as one of life's wonderful challenges, then I admire you. I am one of those who gets comfortable in my present situation, and unless forced or prompted by some unforeseen event, I am quite happy going about my life stress and hassle free.

Having moved to new towns regularly during my childhood due to my father's work, and even as an adult having been forced or found it necessary to sell houses and move to different locations, change is something I have had enough of. I know a lot of other people who are of the same mindset a me, but the downside of this way of thinking is that you often miss out on a lot of opportunities the wider world may have in store for you.

This poem is just something I wrote as I was pondering my situation and weighing up the pros and cons of this age old question, "Should I stay, or should I go?"

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Let Me Live in a House on a Quiet Country Road

by John Hansen © 2015


The long winding road it beckons me on

But my family house tells me to stay;

And oh! I love my family home,

But I must be on my way.


The long winding road it tells me to go

Seek adventure and strive more to know.

Go forth I must to learn about life,

Not just sit back with the flow.


I could travel the world and see many things

Backpacking the globe I could roam,

Live with diverse cultures so different to mine,

But I'd no doubt be sick for my home.


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Let me live in a house on a quiet country road

Where men travel by at slow pace.

Both men who are good, and men who are bad,

As good and as bad as our race.


My door would be open and welcome to all,

No judge or a cynic am I.

Let me live in a house on a quiet country road,

And be a friend to all who pass by.

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      Devika Primić 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I know change that came by surprise to me and that made me a strong person. Coping with change is strange in the beginning. You need acceptance to move on. Greatly written hub on a new life.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your insightful and helpful comment Devika.

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      Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

      im a creature of habit I hate change, but if I had to, I'd change... great poem as usual Jodah

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Frank...I guess we have that in common too. Thanks for your kind comment.

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      Anna Haven 2 years ago from Scotland

      Your poem caught the essence of musing really well. Change is always a bit of a gamble I suppose...but may have a big payoff. :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Anna, thanks for reading. You are right of course, there is always a chance that change may have a big payoff.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      I have had many changes throughout life. I am now at a place where I am comfortable and happy to stay put. I like the Long Winding Road by the Beetles - it was nice to listen to. Great poem, Jodah. That house in the country (first pic) sure is inviting. T'would be nice to live there and spend time on the porch.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Always great to get your comments Phyllis. Yes, you get to a stage in life where you have had enough of change and just want peace and comfort. I love that song too, and I couldn't resist using that house pic.

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      Graham Lee 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Jodah. The country roads do look inviting, so different from ours over here. Your photos and video were well chosen as is usual. I really enjoyed this restful and enjoyable hub. Well done.

      Graham.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Graham good to see you. All roads are unique I guess. Glad you enjoyed this hub and thanks for the kind comment. Have a great day.

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      ahorseback 2 years ago

      Jodah , I love this and in truth It is exactly who I am . I have even been called boring , but I'll tell you a secret , like you in your youth , there was way too much change or the threat thereof in mine . Yet we seem , however resistant , programmed for change by our society ! Do we not ? It's as if our society wants us prepared for change , anyway I say that change isn't always for the best ....Ed

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      FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

      I grew up much the same as you, always moving with my father's work. As a result, at first I replicated his lifestyle. Then I found that I didn't want that for my child so I like to travel but I will absolutely not uproot my home. I can identify with your poem. There has to be some sense of stability in life.

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      Don A. Hoglund 2 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      The house in your picture is somewhat like the house we lived in until I was about 15, except our porch was enclosed and it was in the city. For many modern life does require change. When I was aa bit younger I wanted to live in the country but now with age and health considerations it is more practical to live in town, although a prefer a somewhat small community to a metro area. sharing.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading this Ed. It sounds ike we are very much alike. I too have been at times called "boring." I also agree that change isn't always for the better.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad you can identify with this poem Flourish. Yes a sense of stability is very important . Thanks for your comment.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad the house reminded you of your childhood home Don. I live in the country now but due to my wife's health and natural aging there may come a time in the not too distant future when we have to move closer to town, though never the city. It is these thoughts that inspired this poem. Thanks for sharing.

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      whonunuwho 2 years ago from United States

      We share the same sentiments my friend. Blessings. whonu

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and supporting my sentiments whonu. Blessings back.

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

      I stay in one house all the time - the dog house ;-) I have uprooted plenty and sure love my home now. Not quite country but our neighbors sure act like it is. Fantastic poem and pictures thank you for a most enjoyable read.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and enjoying it Eric. A home is what we make it and when you have a comfortable one it is difficult to leave. Have a great day in the doghouse :)

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      Rachael O'Halloran 2 years ago from United States

      We move every 5 years or so due to family circumstances, so I can only wonder what it would be like to live in one place for, say, 20 years. lol

      For nearly 25 years, our 5 adolescent and teenage children reluctantly moved with us until they were able to go out on their own to their first apartment, etc. Now, they have set down roots, live in their 1st or 2nd homes and their children know only that home as their childhood home.

      It is good to change - only once in a while, if one absolutely must (family size, job, health, etc.) - but it is better to create a stable environment for yourself and those who live with you, get to know the nooks and crannies of a home and create a lifestyle there.

      If one moves on a lark for no apparent reason, they need to ........ go on vacation more, so their home base is welcomed into their view when they come back home, down that long winding road.

      Your poem had a nice nostalgic tone and of course, I loved it. :)

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      John, like you, I moved a lot as a kid. Even when I broke out on my own, I lived like a vagabond, picking up and moving anytime my wanderlust struck me.

      I've now lived in my town since 1987 and in my home since 1995. I have no desire to pull up stakes again. However, I love the idea of living on a quiet country road. If I were younger and didn't have only 10 years left on my mortgage I might consider it. For now, I'll stay put.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for that in depth and insightful comment Rachael. I agree, if you crave a change of location frequently or on a lark...take a vacation. I don't like moving unless I have to. Glad you enjoyed this poem.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Shauna, I am amazed by the great response to this poem so soon after publishing it. Thanks for your great comment. I have seen photos of your lovely home and can understand why you wouldn't want to leave. I only have 18 months left on my mortgage thank goodness.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, John. You'll have to have a mortgage burning party. How very cool to be so close to actually owning your home free and clear!

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      Mary Craig 2 years ago from New York

      Well it seems we all agree Jodah, this is a great poem. The sentiments are so relatable though I'm not a mover. We've live in the same house for 45 years!

      As for the lovely first picture my parents had a house just like it.

      Voted up, useful, and awesome.

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      Harish Mamgain 2 years ago from India

      Loved reading this sweet poem reflecting an inner urge to wander in places. You have expressed all that very beautifully. Had circumstances allowed, we all would have loved trotting the whole globe and experienced the diverse colors of humanity.

      Still serenity and tranquility of living life in a peaceful country side is equally aspired by the town people. An Indian Poet says that nobody finds this world all fulfilling ( perfect), some find imperfections in earthly dealings and some in their fantasies. ( kabhi kisi ko mukkamal Jahan nahi milta, kabhi zamin to kabhi aasmaan nahi milta ). Voted up and shared.

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      Bill Holland 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I have no idea how many times I've changed addresses. I've been here now for three years, and that's quite a long time for me...so change is just a constant for me, and I dream of the day when I can buy some acreage in the country and just raise animals. :) Best of luck on your quandry.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow! mary, 45 years in the same house. I can't even imagine that..good for you. Funny how that first photo reminds quite a few readers of one of their parents homes.It must have been a common style in those days. Thank you for the vote up.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to read your insightful comment Harishprasad. Thanks for sharing that excerpt from the Indian poem, also for the vote up and share. Take care.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, I hope you achieve your dream of a house in the country soon and live there self-sufficient and happily ever after. Thanks for visiting this hub.

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      missirupp 2 years ago

      I recently was thinking of moving (again!) and said to myself, "Well, wherever you go there you are," so I decided to stay. Love this poem.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I have no desire to ever move again, but I loved your poem about a quiet country road. I live in a very small town. City life is not for me. I've only been in my home one year and one month, and I remember how much work it was to move. Take care..

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      Mary Hyatt 2 years ago from Florida

      As you know, I just left my home of 35 years. It's been a big change for me to go into a small apartment, but I just looked on it as a new challenge in my life.

      If I could go back in time, I'd live again on a quiet road.

      Voted UP, etc.

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      Diana Burrell-Shipton 2 years ago from Hubbard, Ohio, USA

      Beautiful !

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi missirupp. Glad you loved this poem, also that you made the decision to stay in your current abode, after all there is no place like home.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Ruby, moving is a stressful job. I hope you never had to move again and that you are happy where you are now. Thanks for reading and your kind comment.

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      KMSplumeau 2 years ago

      Great poem! I think everyone can relate a bit to the inner struggle of wanting to stay where you're comfortable vs. the desire to learn more and see the world. Awesome stuff, voted up!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Mary sorry you had to move out into a small apartment. I hope it proves to be a fruitful move. Wouldn't we all love to have that time machine.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Dianna. Can't ask for a better comment then that.

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      MizBejabbers 2 years ago

      John, your beautiful poem struck me right where I live. I was shuffled around by a vagabond 1st husband who got tired of his job every year. I had lived in the same town up until my marriage and really wanted to see the country, but it didn't take me long to get tired of that life. I've lived in the same house now for the last 20 years and need to move again just to clean the clutter from our home. LOL. Looking now at retirement, it is going to be a tough decision whether to stay or go.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading KM, glad you enjoyed this poem of inner conflict. Thanks too for the vote up.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading this poem MizBejabbers. It must have been difficult to be moved around constantly with your first husband. I can relate to needing to move to clean up and get rid of clutter especially after 20 years. Good luck with the difficult descision.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Wonderful, Jodah. Simply awesome, as your work always is. I could not get over the picture of the home. If I didn't know better, I would think you took a picture of my home! Seriously.

      I am in the midst of making a major change in life, Jodah.....wish me luck. UP+++ Pinned

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      Smilealot 2 years ago

      Like you Jodah I am more for staying put as far as where I live goes, although I prefer to travel more, given the opportunity, now that I'm older...I enjoyed the poem:-))

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      Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I hope my moving days are over. I live on that quiet country road and it is good to be here. Great subject and great song! ^+

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey, hey Paula...hmm that's a song isn't it? Wow, so that was your home..lovely. All the best for your major life change, let us know how it pans out. Thank you for reading, the vote up and pin.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      As we get older we seem to lose our desire to keep changing addresses (well most of us) and want to settle down. Hope your travels go well Smilealot. My wife and I put off travelling until the kids were grown. Little did we know she would injure her back and make it too difficult to travel much. But that's life. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Sounds like you are living the dream Jackie....good for you. Thanks for reading and your kind comment. That's one of my favourite songs.

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      Paula 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      "Hey Paula"....sung by Paul & Paula.....Yes sir! Top #1 Hit on the billboards. 1963. I was just a sassy teenybopper....as opposed to being my current self of sassy old lady!

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      Michael-Milec 2 years ago

      Thanks Sir. John Hansen for kind welcome to all; next time when I would be in your neighborhood, will stop by for a cup of conversation.

      Your poem stirred up memories of countless moving , changing addressees , countries and continents. Two more times, as I can see now, the last would be toward The City with firm foundations whose architect and builder is God.

      God bless you and your home.

      Voted awesome.

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, John, I love this, and I, too, just as Paula, that first photo looks almost just like my home on the country road that we moved to almost seven years ago. I had to do a double-take. Even the trees are so similar.

      We have always lived in the city, but wanted to get way out due to the city becoming so very dangerous with gangs and violence. I still commute to work there, but am so happy to come home to my quiet country home.

      I am not opposed to change though and moving about, for when my husband was in the Air Force, I loved moving to new places, but that only last for six years way back when. Growing up, I grew up in one town/city and was ready to see a bit of the world, and I did. My husband had gotten out of the Air Force after six years and I kind of wish he stayed in so that we could see more of the world, but then we had children, so may have been best, or not?

      I love your poem.

      Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

      Blessings

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your kind words Michael-Milec. You are certainly welcome to drop in for a "cup of conversation" whenever you are in the neighbourhood. Thank you for the blessing and vote up.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Faith. It's amazing that that house is almost identical to both your own and Paula's. I think it is a beautiful setting and would love to live there. Some people handle being on the move more than others. being in the air force or other military is usually a great affordable way to see the world. Glad you loved the poem. Thanks for the vote up, pin and share.

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      Linda Crampton 2 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You've described the conflict involved in deciding whether to stay in a home or move very effectively, Jodah. It's a hard decision to make!

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Alicia, it certainly is a difficult choice. Hopefully everything will work out for the best.

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      William Leverne Smith 2 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Enjoyed the Poll Results at 15 votes... nice spread over first three. Just take things as they come, or, as you direct them. Life should be good, where ever you are. Lived all over the country in 75 years. Moves are good, staying is good. Life is good... Thanks for sharing this poem and memory reminder! ;-)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Dr Bill and for your insightful comment. You are right, whether you move, or stay put the important thing is to enjoy life. "Different strokes for different folks" as they say.

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      David Edward Lynch 2 years ago from Port Elizabeth, South Africa

      I find change a bit daunting John, but sometimes I just have to go with circumstances and allow for change. Thanks for another good hub. I enjoy the Beatles music, 'The Long & Winding Road' is a favourite.

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      Clive Williams 2 years ago from Nibiru

      I live on a quite country road and will not be moving anytime soon. The City has too much chatter

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 2 years ago from The Caribbean

      Right there in your house on the country road, change other than moving will find you. I think I understand your attitude to changing locations though. Lovely poem and noble purpose for staying where your are.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Dave, yes change is daunting but sometimes you just hae to go with the flow and see where it takes you. Glad you enjoyed the music choice too.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I agree with you about the city Clive..I hate the hustle and bustle and the traffic chaos too. Stick with that house on the quiet country road.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You may be right MsDora, I hope so. I have faith that I will be led in the right direction, one way or the other.

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      CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      What a beautiful piece and one that I can actually relate. I've moved around many times (from one country to another and another and another; one city to another and another...) as well but then I am bold and adventurous. I am traditional but I like changes at the same time. In fact, we just moved here (downsized) in our new place last Spring from the big city to a small town. I love it here now. I like driving, cycling and walking by the country side unlike the city roads. It's quiet here and the people are warmth and friendly. Thinking this is it for the empty nesters.

      Love the song, very nostalgic and one of my favorites from the Beatles. It's definitely going to my JukeBox Page.

      P.S. Not missing the city at all. :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for that wonderful comment Cris. You are in the perfect profession to enable travel and to see the world. I am glad you have settled in well to small town life and have grown to love the friendly people and the peace and quiet. Who couldn't love that song?

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      Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

      Your poem was so truthful it spoke to my soul. Change scares me if I don't know what's coming. Your poem reminds me of my way of thinking about change; " Leaving the safety net of home to walk blindly into the unknown. How I admire people who refuse to walk in the fear of the unknown it's something I haven't been able to master.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 2 years ago from Reno NV

      Wonderful poem about a decision we all must face at one time or another. I prefer the country home full of memories but then I realize sooner or later life will call and we all must move on. Jamie

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Dana for that wonderful and honest comment. Yes, many of us are frightened of the unknown that change may bring.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Jamie, that is entirely true. At some time in life we must face moving on.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 2 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      John, I guess we can all relate to this. Great poem by the way. I loved my home on the quiet country lane, but alas, change is inevitable. Because my husband and I were prepared to take a few leaps into the dark, Life has been amazing, never dull.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good for you Jo, if you don't risk it you never know what you may have missed. Thanks for reading.

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      mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      Hello Jodah. You have hit a univseral nerve with this piece. I too moved around as a child. Now I have staked a claim, and weighed down by life. Good to see your work getting so much attention.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Mike, yes it is quite a universal quandary isn't it..some times change is forced but it is often for the better. There comes a time that you need to settle down, but sometimes you miss the adventure. Thanks for reading this. Hey, I can't complain about the number of views within Hub Pages...it is Google that is my problem

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      Christina M. Castro 2 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

      I could relate to this hub because I have the experience in moving a lot not always out of personal choice. But even though one person moves around a lot the one thing that should not change is the spiritual conviction in ones heart. Best to you and anyone else who is moving because the surroundings are not satisfactory. Just keep in mind that wherever you go a part of your Spirit is left behind.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for taking the time to read this CM, glad you could relate. You are right that we leave a little of our spirit behind everywhere we have lived, but as they say "home is where the heart is."

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      Cristen Iris 2 years ago from Boise, Idaho

      I am a wanderer who also likes a place to call home. Odd, I know. Your poem spoke to me in many ways.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      How I judge success of a piece of writing Iris is if a reader says that it touched them or spoke to them in some way. You have just done that, thanks. p.s. in a school year book we were once allocated songs apparently that fit our personality..mine was "The Wanderer" by Del Shannon or Bobby Darren :)

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      Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Well, John, your writing shows that you have already learned much from life…and that is a treasure. I embrace change, but feel very comfortable in that “home in the country”; to me, there is no better life. I enjoyed your candid, reflective poem…it is thoughtful, and reveals courage and character.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love your comment Genna, I like to think at my age I have learnt a little about life, even so I don't always make the right decisions. I am glad you enjoyed this poem, for some reason it's one of my personal favourites.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I love your comment Genna, I like to think at my age I have learnt a little about life, even so I don't always make the right decisions. I am glad you enjoyed this poem, for some reason it's one of my personal favourites.

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      This is a beautiful and interesting read. I ponder the words you describe with such skill. Change is part of life, indeed. And I believe change can only make a person better and stronger! And there are times when change is hard to do. Yet, we must. Shared and Up ++++

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wisdom! I hope this you will never change. :-)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad you enjoyed reading this poem Jo. Yes you speak with wisdom and change is often necessary. Thanks for voting up and sharing. I think I'm too old to change now :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 2 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. A most wonderful poem. I too would like to live in such a place. Thanks for the nice dreams. Passing this on.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the sincere comment and share Gypsy. Yes, we all need to dream.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 2 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      I believe the highest quality of life to be that of a home on a quiet country road; better people, better scenery and somehow, a home on a quiet country road just feels closer to God. Nice work.

      EWF

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      How could I ever disagree with those sentiments Eric? It sure is closer to God.

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      Travmaj 2 years ago

      You said it well John, I've recently been thinking about this. I do indeed love my quiet country road. I travel frequently - it's what I do. always anxious to get back to my peace though...

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Sounds like you have the best of both worlds Maj. You can travel and see the world then come back to your house on the quiet country road and recuperate. Thanks for reading.

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      Deb Hirt 2 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This sure says it all. Very well done, John. I'll wave as I walk by and I hope to see you.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ok Deb, I'll keep my eye out for you and invite you in for a cuppa or cool drink. Thanks for reading.

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      Marilyn L Davis 2 years ago from Georgia

      Good evening, Jodah; change is something I had to learn to like. However, I have made enough changes that I'm comfortable in my skin. Great imagery in the poem and your photos match the ones in my minds eye as I read. Well done. ~Marilyn Sharing

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Good Evening to you Marilyn. I Have never been comfortable with change but it often turn out for the best so I've learnt not to stress about it. Thanks for reading and sharing. Glad I chose the right photos to accompany the words.

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      This is a really nice poem and it's something many people could relate to. I've moved a couple times before but the life changing experience was going from my country of origin to the U.S.

      I like the serenity and peace of where I grew up and this hub signifies that.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading and commenting Chris. It must be hard to move and make a life in a new country. Give me peace and tranquility any day.

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      Krzysztof Willman 2 years ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Sure no problem. It was a challenge, but I'm glad I moved here. I do hope to return back to the peaceful life one day though.

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      Mary Norton 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      We travel in different countries for work and recently, my only wish is to settle down but it is not to be yet. So, here we are in Bangkok, on the road once again. Enjoyed reading your poem.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi aesta1, thanks for your comment. Some people love to travel, others to just settle down to a quiet life, some a bit of both. I envy you being able to travel but your time to settle down will come I am sure.

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      ocfireflies 2 years ago from North Carolina

      Hey John,

      Hoping - better late...

      How I needed this hub.

      It's -24°--yeah 24 below

      my mind just as frozen

      as the ice-mixed snow

      Per always dear one, pinning, sharing...

      Kim

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      Lisa VanVorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Change is often difficult because we are comfortable in our routine. However sometimes change is for the best when things are so difficult in and stressful in one's life. Good hub.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow Kim, I can't even imagine -24. Nice way to say how cold you are in verse....hope it warms up soon. Bring on Spring! Thanks for for your kind words, pin and share. Try to keep warm.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Lisa, you are right. Change sometimes seems difficult but is often for the best. We have to look at the bigger picture. Thanks for reading.

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      Beautiful poem! I am always moving places for a long time now. While I enjoy travelling and the new lifestyles that comes along, it comes with the stress of shifting. But changes are bringing some great opportunities, so they are all good.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading VioletteRose. I appreciate your kind comment. It is easy to get settled and comfortable and not want to move but if you don't leave yourself open to change you may miss some fantastic opportunities.

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      Dolores Monet 2 years ago from East Coast, United States

      If I lived in that beautiful home at the top of the page, I wouldn't go anywhere either. Your poem reminds us that sometimes we don't need to roam, to find change or adventure, that sometimes everything is right at hand.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That really was the message I was trying to convey Dolores. Thank you for reading and your great comment.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      That really was the message I was trying to convey Dolores. Thank you for reading and your great comment.

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      Lawrence Hebb 2 years ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      Jodah

      I was sure I'd visited this hub before but it was time to visit again and I'm glad I did as this is food for the soul.

      I'm sure I would have said "change is no big thing" then but not today.

      Today is time to chill and enjoy the moment, thank you for reminding me to take time to enjoy the moment and not look for the next change

      Lawrence

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for revisiting Lawrence. There are so many inspirational hubs out there by others that we need to revisit from time to time to refresh life's lessons.

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      Charito Maranan-Montecillo 23 months ago from Manila, Philippines

      Hello, John. Like you, I also grew up having to move from one house to another because of the nature of my late father's work. Today, I also have to deal with a stressful lifestyle. But just like your beautiful poem, I'd also like to live in a place where I can enjoy peace and solitude, and let my creative juices flow freely. I dream of living a life in the countryside. Hope I can do this when I retire.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for that kind and interesting comment Charito. I do hope you realise your dream of living a quiet life in the countryside someday soon. Have a good day.

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      Dianna Mendez 21 months ago

      Due to my husband's job, we moved quite a number of times through the years. I've enjoyed every city and state and made many friends. I sometimes think it was hard on our son, but he has learned to make friends with almost anyone because of the changes. It is good to travel but I love having quiet place to call home. Loved your poem, it spoke to my heart. The Beatles song was perfect as a background to my reading.

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Diana. At times it seems daunting to have to move around, but for those used to it, it can be the most exciting way to live. Glad the poem spoke to your heart.

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      Nithya Venkat 21 months ago from Dubai

      Moving on to a new place is difficult. A home is where the heart is and leaving behind your home and moving on to a new place is quite heart wrenching, but maybe the new home will be even better. Great poem and a great song selection.

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      John Hansen 21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Vellur, I agree with your wise words I appreciate you sharing your advice.

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