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My Three Sons (A Poem About Family)

Updated on November 26, 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.

My three sons and some of my grandchildren
My three sons and some of my grandchildren | Source
Daniel with Radane and Cahlia
Daniel with Radane and Cahlia | Source
Jared
Jared | Source
Karaoke in Indonesia
Karaoke in Indonesia | Source
Jared, Trent, Jordan, Radane and Taidan.
Jared, Trent, Jordan, Radane and Taidan. | Source

My Three Sons

My three sons are all unique

One's a chef and gaming geek.

The second is a fitness trainer

Third a troubled youth detainer.



Daniel is an intellectual

Sometimes brooding and reflectual.

Can be the life of any crowd,

If in the mood, and very loud.



Jared is my middle lad,

Handsome, sporty, now a dad.

Sensitive in moral and deed

There to help the ones in need.


Trent the youngest of the three

Takes the ring for all to see.

Muay Thai is his chosen sport

Gave his all each time he fought.


All three sons have kids and wives

Adding value to our lives.

They've made mistakes along the way,

But that shapes who they are today.


I never reached all goals in life

As many fail because of strife.

But my three sons are all fine men

And through them my dreams live again.

One of My Favourite TV Shows When Growing Up

Jared (now a personal fitness trainer) with his two youngest sons Jordan and Dylan
Jared (now a personal fitness trainer) with his two youngest sons Jordan and Dylan | Source
Trent "Hammer" Hansen vs Louis Michael "Badass" Badato
Trent "Hammer" Hansen vs Louis Michael "Badass" Badato | Source

Caged Muay Thai 1 March 2014

Our son Trent "Hammer" Hansen recently flew to Brisbane for a caged Muay Thai fight against the World 76kg Champion Michael "Badass" Badato.

Trent was the underdog at long odds and went into the fight with a nothing to lose attitude against the world champion. "I have to knock him out or be knocked out, " he told us before the fight. The two fighters went toe to toe for the first two minutes but Trent was hit with a simultaneous liver blow and elbow to the temple which knocked him to the canvas and he couldn't recover from. Although he got up and carried on bravely, he was eventually knocked down again and the fight was stopped before the end of the first round.

Since then, my second son, Jared has returned to the Muay Thai ring after ten years away from the sport. He has had two recent fights for one win and one loss and is training other fighters.

A video of my son Trent's highlights.

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      Anna Haven 3 years ago from Scotland

      Apart from the fact it was well written with great use of rhyming; this is great.

      Your family sounds brilliant and your deserved pride is a pleasure to read.:)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Anna. Those comments mean a lot.

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      Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

      Oh Jodah, I liked this! You have three fine sons; a tribute to your life in many ways. You have been blessed. I love the rhyme in this poem...it is endearing and clever. :-)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you very much for the kind comments Genna. They all live n different parts of the country but we finally got to spend a weekend together which inspired me to write this poem. I am proud of them all.

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

      Thank you for sharing your blessings in the way you did. Well done!

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      ocfireflies 3 years ago

      Beautiful. V+/Share

      Kim

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      My pleasure to share this Nadine, and thank you.

      Always a delight to have your comment Kim. Thanks so much for the vote up and share.

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      Mklow1 3 years ago

      Great one, Jodah! I bet your kids must be as proud of you as you are of them. I hope you showed this to them.

      Also, it surprised me that you have 3 grown sons and grand kids. You look young for that.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Mklow. No I haven't shown them yet. I hope they are proud of me too, they give that impression. Thanks for saying I look too young, lol...guess I started young.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A beautiful tribute of love, John! Well done and congratulations on having such a wonderful family.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Bill. Much appreciated. Family is important to me.

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      vishnu 3 years ago from india

      very nice jodah, great way to treat the little doll with a specialized gift for her in a poem

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      ShyeAnne 3 years ago from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada

      very nice Jodah. Awesome words of love.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      What a fine tribute to your sons. You are fortunate to have such a large family. Blessings to you all.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      What great sons and your pride shines through, quite rightly.

      Great poem about a great family! Ann

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      CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

      Aww, this is an awesome piece and tribute for your absolute blessings in life. Thank you for sharing and allowing us to have a glimpse of your wonderful sons (and family). Nice photos.

      Truly enjoyed reading it!

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      Mark 3 years ago from Moundsville,WV

      Wonderfully written hub. I loved the way it was rymed together so uniquely. Have a blessed day and I enjoyed your hub very much

      Mark

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      This is a lovely piece Jodah! What a lovely tribute!

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      Jackie Lynnley 3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      I can feel the love which you wrote this with and I know you have every reason to be proud. Thank you so much for sharing them with us! ^

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      Just great, John! Your sons 'do you proud' as they say in the South of this country. The excellence of your poem in tribute to them, does so, also! I felt a surge of pride for you as I read it!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you:

      Vishnum

      ShyeAnne

      Flourish

      annart

      Cris

      Mark

      Audrey

      Jackie

      Nellieanna

      I can't believe I received so many comments on this hub so quickly. Your kind comments brought a tear to my eyes my friends. This was a very personal poem and I thought long and hard about sharing it, but I'm glad I did. Thanks again for reading.

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is a truly awesome Hub! I see a lot of cute babies up there. What a happy family!

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      wetnosedogs 3 years ago from Alabama

      A wonderful poem for wonderful sons. You can be proud.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Crafty and wetnosedogs.

      Yes lots of babies, we are blessed as a family.

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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Awesome family dear Jodah! Than you for sharing about your three amazing sons. I can sense the pride of a dad here in your writing.

      Up and more and sharing

      Hugs, Faith Reaper

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Great to get your comment Faith. Thank you so much for voting up and sharing. Hmmm...and I thought I was hiding my pride..haha.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      I'm glad you decided to share it, Jodah! It's inspiring and uplifting! It's not surprising that it received enthusiastic response. We love to hear about positive relationships and families!

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      Suzanne Day 3 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Great poem and you came up with excellent rhyming words. I'm sure your sons must be proud to read this! Voted beautiful.

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      drbj and sherry 3 years ago from south Florida

      You can be very proud of your three handsome sons and the paths they have chosen, John, and this beautiful poetry is a lovely tribute to them. Tell 'em hooroo for me.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Nellieanna,

      Even though I usually try to keep family and personal matters private, sometimes your have to give your pride free rein and let it out...haha.

      This community is almost a second family now, so i thought I could share.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Suzanne for your kind comment. I'm sure they will be proud of it when I show them, but also embarrassed....haha. Thanks also for the vote up.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ok drbj, i'll pass on your "hooroo" in a dinkum Aussie accent ;) thank you.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago

      Jodah.. treasure this poem as you would memories.. and read it again 15 years from now.. same effect.. great job buddy :)

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading and your good advice Frank. I will do that.

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      Graham Lee 3 years ago from Lancashire. England.

      Hi Jodah. You say you never reached all goals in life. Wealth may not have been what you sought anyway but with four wonderful children, you are a Millionaire. A lovely hub, well done.

      Graham.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Graham. I agree I am a wealthy man. Thanks for the wonderful comment.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Graham. I agree I am a wealthy man. Thanks for the wonderful comment.

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

      "They've made mistakes along the way

      But that shapes who they are today"

      A wonderful tribute to your boys, exceptional and touching with much love and pride. You're surely blessed.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jo,

      Yes I am blessed. Glad you liked that line...I did too.

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      Nellieanna Hay 3 years ago from TEXAS

      You know, Jodah, - or perhaps you don't, - I’ve been such a super-private person for so many years; - something like 75 or so, in fact. I came to Hubpages with not the slightest intention of sharing even my poetry. I though I might write an occasional academic article that would express some of my philosophies, but nothing more private than that. I started out doing just that, - writing cerebral academic type hubs.

      Voila! I’ve become almost an open book on here. It’s not a matter of finally ‘letting it all out’ to relieve some imaginary built-up pressure. I had no problem keeping my own counsel. I hardly thought about it, actually. So I don’t know quite what it is that has changed in me, other than a desire and pleasure in sharing more of myself with people who think and honestly try to fathom others’ meanings in both intelligent and sensitive ways. I admit that more reticent about sharing my own experiences if they touch on any one else's privacy too, especially where the other person is mutually known.

      Anyway, that’s just a comment, not a recommendation. I wanted you to know that I fully understand your reticence to share too much private, personal business. It’s probably wise to not. As you observe, though, this Hub community becomes like second family. It’s pretty amazing.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Nellieanna,

      For you always insightful comment. I great fully accept your opinion in these matters as you have been a member of this community far longer than myself. I think it is a matter of deciding what you should share of your personal life and what you shouldn't. But the positive comments and support for these personal stories was touching. Thanks again.

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 3 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      Quite the crew, you're blessed.

      EWF

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Mate, I think so too. All the best.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      My what wonderful sons you have and you should be so proud! You are truly blessed!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much teaches for your kind words. yes I am blessed.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Update: on Sat 1st March 2014 my youngest son Trent fought the current world Muay Thai Champion 76kg class Michael Badato in a caged fight. (See bottom photo) Trent had to lose over 12kg in one month to make the weight, which he did. Trent was the 80/1 underdog but had nothing to lose and went in with the attitude he had to knock the champion out or be knocked out. They stood blow for blow for much of the fight (something few fighters attempt against Badato) but Trent was hit with a crushing liver punch and an elbow to the temple simultaneously which he couldn't recover from. He was sick and sore afterwards but is ok. I am proud of Trent for giving his all.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Great hub, Jodah, and great family. Your fatherly pride comes through in a loving and beautiful way -- I really like your poem and the pics are very nice. Great vidoe, too. Well done. And congratulations to Trent for his courage and achievement.

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Phyllis for your kind words and congratulations to Trent. I promised to give an update here after his fight, hence the re-sharing of this hub.

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Well, I am very glad you did, Jodah. I enjoyed reading it.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Amazing and so beautiful. You have a lovely family your poem is most impressive and from the heart.

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      sujaya venkatesh 3 years ago

      a poem dedicated to a family wow!

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Devika, for all your kind words.

      Sujaya, Thank you also.

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