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Poems From the Porch 10

Updated on November 17, 2019
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John is a long-time poet, short fiction, and article writer. He studied a Writing for Profit course through ICS but loves story-telling.

Basil comfortable on a porch hammock
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Ten Weeks and Still Going Strong

Welcome to the tenth anthology of Poems from the Porch. Who would have thought this would even become a series, let alone still be going strong after ten weeks. The requests are still coming in so there is no immediate end in sight, which is a good thing. If I wasn't writing these poems for other people I'd really miss it. I find it both a challenge and a fun thing to do. it is also my way of giving something back to my readers.

I apologise for publishing this edition a little later than usual, but my time spent sitting on the porch has been restricted due to a bad back. I twisted it getting groceries out of the car, as simple as that, so whether it is a pulled muscle, inflamed disc, or just old age and rheumatism I'm not sure. It has, however, restricted how long I can sit in one spot without changing chairs or going for a walk. Anyway, better late than never and so let's get on with it. I hope you enjoy these poems.

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

— John F Kennedy

Peggy Woods

"Here is another idea: The importance of being a volunteer. Not only does it help the cause, but it benefits the person doing the volunteer work as well. I know this from first-hand experience."


Your wish is my command Peggy. Volunteering is such a worthy and much-needed pursuit. I hope this poem does our volunteers justice.

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Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay | Source

The Importance of Volunteering

Volunteers donate their time

To help the common good.

They never seek financial gain,

Though accept a “Thanks,” they would.


They’re selfless, kind, and caring

Towards anyone in need.

Not looking for rewards or praise,

They’re not inspired by greed.


Volunteers are needed

In almost every field.

Funding often falls far short,

And Governments don’t yield.


Donate things you do not need,

We often have excess,

Just keeping up appearances

And trying to impress.


Volunteers are valuable,

Most love to fill a need,

Providing meals, or fighting fires,

Or donating books to read.


Just a kindly word or chat

May be all the lonely need

To lift their spirits and their mood,

It’s a simple but good deed.


So, please stand up and volunteer,

We all have time to spare.

To waste it all on mundane tasks

Just really isn’t fair.

Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”

— Leonardo da Vinci

Pamela Oglesby

"I would like a poem about my 5 year old granddaughter, who is a precocious child with big brown eyes. Thank you John."


Because Pamela's request was specifically for her granddaughter, I asked her to email me more details so I could build a more suitable poem about her.

Thank you for giving me the extra information Pamela. I hope you (and Eleanor) like this poem.

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Eleanordocious

Magnoliatexasletsbeaprincess-

callmeEleanordocious,

Even though the sound of it

is something quite atrocious.

If you say it loud enough

you’ll always sound precocious.

Magnoliatexasletsbeaprincess-

callmeEleanordocious.

.

Magnoliatexasletsbeaprincess-

callmeEleanordocious,

You’re just five with big brown eyes

and look just like a princess.

You’re cute, smart, and dramatic

and love your fancy dresses.

.Magnoliatexasletsbeaprincess-

callmeEleanordocious


Magnoliatexasletsbeaprincess-

callmeEleanordocious,

You love colored pancakes,

They’re simply delicious,

But you also like sausage,

And it’s not nutritious.

Magnoliatexasletsbeaprincess-

callmeEleanordocious.


Magnoliatexasletsbeaprincess-

callmeEleanordocious,

The bright color purple

Is one of your passions,

and your Barbie doll

wears the latest of fashion.

Magnoliatexasletsbeaprincess-

callmeEleanordociouss


Magnoliatexasletsbeaprincess-

callmeEleanordocious,

But, you live so far away

in sweet Magnolia, Texas

We miss you Eleanor very much,

And hope you, too, miss us?

.Magnoliatexasletsbeaprincess-

callmeEleanordocious


Magnoliatexasletsbeaprincess-

callmeEleanordocious,

Even though the sound of it

Is something quite atrocious.

If you say it loud enough

You’ll always sound precocious.

Magnoliatexasletsbeaprincess-

callmeEleanordocious.

Every heart sings a song, incomplete, until another heart whispers back. Those who wish to sing always find a song. At the touch of a lover, everyone becomes a poet.

— Plato

Elijah A Alexander Jr

"I have a rhyming I will call "ABBABBCBBCBBABBABBCBBC" with the "BBs" shorter lines than the As and Cs. So take your time and see what you can do with that for me."

I replied,"You certainly like to challenge me...with that rhyme scheme I need a lot of common rhyming words for all those “B”s."

Elijah responded, "John, I must have did it incorrectly. The "BB" suggests only those 2 rhymed as I does going back and forth from AA to CC mean only that particular pair are required to rhyme. I'm new to that concept, had never seen it until you used it to explain what I had asked before. By the way, John, it doesn't have to end with an A or C, it can end with BB. "

I must admit, I still don't really know what you wanted Elijah, but I interpreted it as best I could for the following poem. thanks for the request.

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Image by Renee Olmsted from Pixabay | Source

A Boy Named Troy

Let me tell you all a story

about a boy

named Troy.

To his parents, he was a worry,

always late

for every date.

No matter where they were going

he made them wait.

Troy didn't care

who his tardiness inconvenienced.

It's not fair,

Nothing to wear!

One day Troy's parents were amazed,

he was ready on time.

He asked, "Is it a crime?'

They just looked at him and smiled,

"Troy's got a girly,

now he's always early."

It's funny what love can do.

it changed Troy, it can change me and you.


Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

— G.K. Chesterton

Eric Dierker

"You have read some of my Boy Teacher series - how about your perspective on that with your sons and grandsons"

Yes, Eric, I have read your Boy Teacher and Father Student articles and love the series. The least I can do is meet your request and write a poem pon the subject.

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Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay | Source

The Boy Teacher and the Father Student

From the moment they can talk

Our children have a yearning,

And our job as their parents

Is to facilitate their learning.


We satisfy their how’s and why’s

With answers that suffice,

But as they grow we notice

Questions becoming more precise.


“Dad can you please tell me

Who built China’s Great Wall?’

The correct answer evades me,

But my son is still quite small.


“Oh, the great Emperor Nasi Goreng

Of the Chin Dynasty, no doubt.

He had to build a massive wall

To keep the rabbits out.”


Soon we have to research

And study all we can,

To provide more valid answers

That our growing child demands.


“Dad can you please tell me

How a combustion engine works?

How far is it from Earth to Mars?

And, who was Captain Kirk?”


Soon, your child’s enquiring mind

Has outgrown even yours,

Their grasp of new technology

Causes older brains to pause.


“Son, please help me with this phone,

How to set it up and all,

So I can check the Internet,

And maybe make a call.”


Now my children teach me

Many things I never learned.

The world is changing all the time.

Oh, how the tables turned.

I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.

— Edgar Allan Poe

Coming Up...

Thank you for reading another collection of Poems From the Porch. Coming up next week are poems requested by: Pamela Oglesby, Bill Holland, Lori Colbo, and Nithya Venkat. Until then, have a great week and good luck with your own writing endeavours.

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    • Luis G Asuncion profile image

      Luis G Asuncion 

      2 weeks ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Yes, I agree with you. A while ago, my eldest son just asked the meaning of HIV... And since, I am not aware of the exact meaning, I used the Google. Lol.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Luis, we are fortunate to have the Internet now so we can quickly Google the answers.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Brenda, yes these are keeping me on my toes. The back has been slow to heal but much better today, thanks.

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      2 weeks ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      The strongest question that even I cannot answer that. It is so funny, that I have to take a look in the Internet first before answering their questions.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      2 weeks ago from Washington Court House

      You certainly are given quite the challenges.

      Yet you never disappoint.

      I hope your back gets healed soon...writing from outside on the porch sounds so relaxing and rewarding.

      Thanks for the great reading.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Tiyasha. Yes, the poem for Eleanor used Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious as inspiration. My back is still improving though not 100%.

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      Tiyasha Maitra 

      2 weeks ago from New Delhi

      Another great series from the porch. I liked the boy teacher and the father student the most. And also enjoyed the poem for Eleanor. It was fun like a tongue twister. Also reminded me of Mary Poppins' Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.

      Hope your back is better. Take care.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Luis, yes they can ask the strongest questions.

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      2 weeks ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Thanks to you too John.

      I love specifically this part:

      “Dad can you please tell me

      How a combustion engine works?

      How far is it from Earth to Mars?

      And, who was Captain Kirk?”

      in which my kids when they were young and still up to date, they are asking too much weird questions in which even I sometimes I cannot answer. Lol.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you very much Gypsy. I admit that one took some thinking.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      2 weeks ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Absolutely delightful and well done on all of them I particularly loved Eleanordocious. Applause.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for taking the time to read these, Luis.

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      Luis G Asuncion 

      2 weeks ago from City of San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, Philippines

      Nice poems. Thanks for sharing.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Shauna, glad you got the young twister sorted out. I have tried heat on my back but not in conjunction with ice. Though I thrived hot shower followed by cold. It is getting better but taking its time and still niggling.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      2 weeks ago from Central Florida

      This porch session is jam-packed with creativity, John. Your poem for Pamela's granddaughter, Eleanor was whimsical to say the least. Once I figured out the tongue twister, it rhythmically rolled of my mind's tongue.

      I really love The Boy Teacher and Father Student. I think all of us "older" folks can relate to it, especially when it comes to operating today's fangdangled electronic contraptions!

      I hope your back is on the mend. Have you tried alternating ice with heat?

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Lol Flourish. That’s a good start to it. I haven’t been following this at all but I guess I better start checking the news if I am going to write about it. Cheers.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      'Twas the Night before Christmas and all through the House

      Not a creature stood neutral, not even a mouse ...

      Just a suggestion. Looking forward to the results!

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      My brother Elijah, I am glad you have been able to access the Internet. I do know the catching up you must have from when mine has been down. Haha glad I had you guessing with the pronunciation of “that word” for awhile’ but I knew you’d figure it out. Take care, and I’ll see you next week.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Marlene, thank you for checking these out and deciding to follow the series. I wasn’t sure if I was biting off more than I could chew offering to write poems from everyone’s requests but I am enjoying the challenge so far. Rhyming just seems to come natural. I really have to try hard with free verse lol.

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      Marlene Bertrand 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      These poems were quite enjoyable. I don't know how you do it, but you definitely have an extraordinary talent for rhyming. I now have a new series to follow. Thanks John!

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      2 weeks ago from Washington DC

      I loved them all, Master Poet John Hansen. Being a master requires your whole name to bee used.

      You really got me with "MagnoliatexasletsbeaprincesscallmeEleanordocious" until you revealed where she lives, then Magnolia Texas jumped out at me and I finally was able too say it. You talking about my challenging you, you just did a job on me.

      Thanks, I'v over 300 emails to get done so I'll have to be short.

      Peace.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Linda. Basil said thanks too. We appreciate you following the series.

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for sharing another edition in your series. It's very enjoyable. I love the quotes and the photo of Basil.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Cheryl. Much appreciated.

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      Cheryl E Preston 

      3 weeks ago from Roanoke

      Great poetry. So engaging.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Nikki. I really do appreciate encouraging comments like this. I will do my best to keep the poetry coming.

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      Nikki Khan 

      3 weeks ago from London

      Aww wonderful!

      I loved all the poems John. You are gifted with some great poetic mind. Keep up the good work for all of us. Thanks so very much.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      What a lovely comment, Nithya. I love your words "each one a work of art that is felt and not seen." I hope those I do in future can measure up.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 weeks ago from Dubai

      I enjoyed reading all your poems, each one a work of art that is felt and not seen. Loved "The Boy Teacher and the Father Student."

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Flourish, yes I am on the road to recovery. Basil loves the camera lol. Well, I love "Twas the Night Before Xmas" so I'll enjoy doing a version of that but "Impeachment"...there's only one I know about lol...won't land me in trouble will it? I'll see what I can do. Going on my list of outstanding request that may just make it into a hub right about Christmas.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      thank you Lynne. My back has started to improve. Glad you found these interesting, especially the history lesson on the great emperor Nasi Goreng lol

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 weeks ago from USA

      I especially like that volunteer poem. I hope you feel better soon. The photo of Basil is fabulous.

      Here’s my challenge if you dare: a version of ‘Twas the night before Xmas on the topic of the impeachment.

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      Lynne Samuel 

      3 weeks ago from Malaysia

      First, I wish you full recovery soon, for your back.

      Second, your poems are still as interesting as ever. It is good that you keep getting these requests, many may they be.

      Also *lol*, the great emperor nasi goreng..

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello MsDora, I must admit spending more time on some poems than others. Some just come to me in a flash and what you see is the first and final draft, others, like the one for Pamela, I had to keep reworking until I was happy. Thank you for continuing to follow this series.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Comment just made my day. The very fact that you read these poems to children with disabilities and their faces lit up in smiles is more than I could have hoped for. How I would have enjoyed seeing that. I am glad you enjoyed the poems too and also “Th Black Cat- a Poe’m.” Thank you.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Each poem is so unique, and it seems like you sent at least a week on each one. Raw genius here and quite admirable!

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      3 weeks ago from AZ

      Wonderful poems, John. Beautiful, emotional, fun and loving. Just an amazing set of poems. I work with children with disabilities. I read some of these poems to the kids, their response was nothing short of heartwarming. Their smiles really lite up, and some of them bounce in their wheelchairs with excitement. I wish you could have seen them. It was awesome. They really enjoyed them and so did I. Btw i also read them "The Black Cat - a Poe'm" they love that one too.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Ruby, yes I hadn’t read that JFK quote before either. Thanks for reading once again.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Devika. While there are appreciative readers like you I will keep writing them.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      A very fine poetic addition Clive. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      You are too kind Mary. I don’t think it is all that difficult, really. Some are more challenging than others though I admit.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Anne. Yes, love the Chesterton quote. In fact I read an article he wrote that I found well-written and amusing too. I need to read more of his work.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      Another great offering. I was pleased to read JFK's quote about poetry. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You share talent for such poetry and ten weeks of sharing your poetry is amazing and unique. I enjoy reading your work.

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      Clive Williams 

      3 weeks ago from Jamaica

      Just my bit.

      Volunteers are dear

      They genuinely care

      They are selfless beings

      Filled with great well beings

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      Mary Norton 

      3 weeks ago from Ontario, Canada

      You really have a great talent. How you can generate these poems really make bow in admiration.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 weeks ago from SW England

      Great creations as always, John, and I love those quotes you've found, especially the G K Chesterton!

      Ann

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I am glad the love shines through, Linda, because i really do have love for my readers and friends, and I do try to capture that in the poems I write for each one. My back is starting to heal at last. Thank you for a wonderful comment.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, I am glad you are enjoying this series. I think I am learning as much as the readers are. it’s great fun too,

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      Linda Lum 

      3 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      John, this one is full of so much love from you to your friends here on Hub Pages. What you created for Pamela and for Eric is simply exquisite.

      I do hope your back heals quickly. Take care and have a wonderful week.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      Brilliantly written, like an improv session for pros and beginners. Well done my friend.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Pamela, good to see you. So happy you like the poem for Eleanor in particular. Ok adding a poem to my list, giving police praise for a hard job.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      You may have outdone yourself today with these 4 poems. I love, love, love the poem about Eleanor It is so cute and clever. You are very clever with your porch series. I appreciate your hard work.

      I was thinking about how police get such bad press here in the U.S. and they have a very hard job, so may a poem about that at some point. Thank you John.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you once again Liz. Having worked as a volunteer in a number of areas I know the value of the work and how important volunteers are. I appreciate your encouragement.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 weeks ago from UK

      This is a great series. Once again you have come up with original and well-crafted poetry to order. I especially like the one about Volunteers, a very deserving topic.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Eric, it is good that these poems said something to you. I know you certainly do more than your fair share of volunteering. I hope Gabriel enjoys reading these to you then and it acts as part of his lessons.

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      Eric Dierker 

      3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You made me close my eyes go into a great space with each of these. Troy could be called Eric.

      Way cool with Elijah.

      It has been a full 10 months since I worked at the food bank. They do not like me doing the boxes in the warehouse. (they are prejudice against old guys) So I just show up at some church and hand out the bags of groceries. Not a bad gig.

      Thank you for the "work" for Gabriel he will need to read to me as I will tear up.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      sorry to hear you have been going through a tough time, Lorna. I am glad these poems and the Joan of Arc video helped. I thought it was something special. Take care.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      3 weeks ago

      I am so impressed with how diverse these wonderful poems are John - each one a treasure. It's been a tough couple of weeks for me and this wonderful video gave me some peace. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Charlie, it is hard to believe it's up to 10 weeks already. There has certainly been some diversity in the requests and that has resulted in a lot of different emotions being covered.

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      Charlie Halliday 

      3 weeks ago from Scotland

      Into double figures already John and getting better every time.

      You played with so many different emotions in this collection.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Rosina. Thank you for the generous comment. I had not seen that Joan of Arc video or heard the song before either. Yes, it was touching.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      3 weeks ago

      A beautiful collection of poems, John! I was especially intrigued by the video at the end. It really touched me and made me cry.

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