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My Girl Jo (a Poetic Tribute to My Daughter)

Updated on November 27, 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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My Girl Jo.

Our daughter Jody

Is a charmer.

Of snakes, I mean,

They never harm her.

In Sydney town

Her present life.

All grown up now,

A mum and wife.

Skott and Logan,

Her man and boy.

Their little son,

Is her true joy.

She's very good

At what she tries,

Be it painting flowers

Or sunset skies.

She spins her yarns

And dyes them too,

In lovely, multi-coloured hues.

I love her more

Than I can say.

She makes me proud,

In every way.



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A Wench's Love

A Wench's Love

by Jody Kendrick-Ward (c) 2014

A wench's love for her captain is eternal,
Its strongest when he be out at sea,
For many months and years,
She waits her love for him is as strong as can be,
As she knows a true pirate captain,
Need to be free,
To one wench he will return,
For she will make his heart burn,
And so her pirate captain he will always be.

(this poem was written by my daughter Jody for her husband on their recent wedding Anniversary. They had a pirate theme wedding)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and for the kind comment Mara. Yes, the snakes take some getting used to.

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      Mara Alexander 2 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      John, Nice poem, pretty daughter, such a cute grandson, and a very scary snake :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Paula. Much appreciated.

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      Paula Atwell 2 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Beautifully written. :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I have added a poem written by my daughter Jody to her husband on their recent Anniversary. Proud of her.

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Rebecca, I very much appreciate you reading this poem and your kind words. Yeah, it is a little seussy isn't it? :)

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      John Hansen 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Aw Phyllis, thank you. Like father like daughter hey....though I'm not all that fond of snakes.

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Very precious. Terrific photos and a cute Dr. Suessy rhyme with deep meaning.

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

      What a lovely and loving poem about your daughter. That snake Jody is holding is beautiful. She clearly knows how to handle and care for snakes. Jody sure has a wonderful father.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you drbj, appreciated.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      What a sweet poem, Jodah, for your sweet and charming daughter. Your grandson is adorable, too.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you M K, yes love your poem for your lovely daughter too.

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      M K Paul 3 years ago from India

      I hv a daughter too.nice feelings...voted up...

      https://hubpages.com/literature/On-Your-First-Birt...

      https://hubpages.com/literature/My-DaughterMy-Diva...

      hope u like the above poem too

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You are so kind Jackie, you have me blushing. Thanks for all the vote ups, however many there are.

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I am sure Jo will hold this poem close to her heart as long as she lives. It is so wonderful for a father to be able to express feelings for his children. I knew you were a winner and this proves it. Not enough ups here to give you but I will give you all there is. ^

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you all for such kind words.

      Mary

      Jo

      Alicia

      Genna

      I am proud of all my family and what better tribute than to honour them in poetry. I appreciate each of you for taking the time to read this, even if you don't love snakes..haha.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      What a beautiful tribute to your daughter. The photos are wonderful, and touch the words of this lovely poem, perfectly. :-)

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      Linda Crampton 3 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely tribute to Jody, Jodah. I love the photos, too - especially the one showing the snake wrapped around your daughter. I don't think I'd be very comfortable in that situation!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      I just knew I'd encounter hissing sid today. Your daughter is simply charming, loved the poem, can't say the same for her friend. :)

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      Mary McShane 3 years ago from Fort Lauderdale, Florida

      What a nice poem for your daughter! She has an unusual talent which I see she has passed on to her son. Lovely photos.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Bill, your comments are much appreciated.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      John, you are blessed with a very wonderful family. Count your blessings my friend. A lovely tribute to a lovely human being.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Why thank you Cris for the kind comment, and my pleasure.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Aw Kim, you are so sweet careful your compliments will go to my head. Yes she is talented. Maybe I started young, or my photo is old haha. They say you are only as old as...um....I forget the rest...must be alzheimers... Thanks for the vote up too

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Ann. Glad you can identify with my sentiments. I bet your daughters and grandchildren are great too.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Amariah.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hmm thank you Nadine, but I am a proud Father and Grandfather...lol.

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      She's a charmer indeed! Thanks for sharing it with us. Lovely penned!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago

      Jodah,

      It is hard for me to imagine you as a grandpa for you look really young in your picture. I love the tenderness in your writing and this poem is no different. I think snakes are pretty cool as well. I wish I had just a little of the talents your daughter has and does so successfully. My guess having such a creative dad contributed to that. Smiles. V+

      Blessings,

      Kim

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Love the poem and love the photo! I can identify absolutely with your sentiments; I have two daughters, all grown up, married, with children. They and their offspring are my delight.

      Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and yours. Ann

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      Angel Amariah 3 years ago

      Good!

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      Nadine May 3 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

      Lovely poem from a proud mother and grandmother.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes she is wetnosedogs. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      Your daughter sounds to be very talented and fearless.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your beautiful words Harishprasad. Glad you love your daughter too.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Flourish, thank you. As a kid she even had pet spiders so I guess snakes was just a natural progression..haha. Logan has grown up with snakes in the house so he has no fear. He thinks the new hatchlings are his.

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      Harish Mamgain 3 years ago from India

      Daughter-Dad duo makes a wonderful bonding. The intensity of their love and affection cannot be described in words but felt in the heart and soul. Daughters are like angels for fathers and mothers. The very presence of daughter relieves one of the nagging feelings of any kind and ignites hopes all around. I have learned it from looking at my sisters and parents. I have a sweet daughter also and this poem made me feel so elated for her ! Really a nice stuff, John.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      Sweet poem for a lovely daughter. Just get a look at her not freaking out at that snake. I'd be peeing on my shoes. And you adorable grandson has the knack, too. Jeepers creepers!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading Tony. You are so right, we do loive on through them.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Frank. Wrote one for my sons recently, so couldn't forget my daughter.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Theresa. Yep, she is...or, 'the core of my being' lol.

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      Tony DeLorger 3 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Lovely sentiment John; we do love our kids, and we live on in them and their kids, and on and on...

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      aaawww.... what a wonderful dedication bless you

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Jodah - A sweet poem for a lovely and talented daughter. Its very clear that she is the apple of your eye. :) Blessings. Theresa