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Poems From the Porch 12

Updated on March 10, 2020
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John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books.

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A Quick Welcome

I will make this quick because I have already gone over 1200 words. Also, because I am a little late publishing this collection I decided to add one extra poem. Anyway, welcome to the porch and I hope you enjoy these poems.

Lawrence Hebb

"The Angel poem was the best one yet, that's my take on it, and I'd like to think he'd send us back 'on special assignments'

Maybe that can be a poem, 'a special assignment' but I'll leave that up to you."

Lawrence, I don't think the following poem is exactly what you had in mind. I was trying to come up with a poem about God sending one angel back on a special assignment, but it came out a little differently. I think he wanted me to deliver a message.

Poets are damned… but see with the eyes of angels.

— Allen Ginsberg

The Special Assignment

The Lord God called a meetiing,

All the angels must attend.

Even to the cherubim

The invite did extend.


“I’m sending you all down to Earth,

Each of you must play a part.

I need to reignite the love

In every human heart.


There‘s too much war and hatred,

Prejudice and blame,

And everybody takes offence.

It really is a shame.


The human race is tainted,

Free will has gone too far.

The oppressed don’t seek equality,

They want to be the star.

You’ll infiltrate each country,

Community and group,

Spreading common-sense through love,

God’s Restoration Troup.


You must not be discouraged,

Quell protests and complaints,

And if you need some extra help

I’ll resurrect the Saints.


Your job will not be easy,

It may be a long long haul,

For if you fail, another flood

May be my final call.”

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Shauna S Bowling

“So, (although I've already given you a topic of which you've addressed), I'd like to see you write a poem about finding yourself.”


Thank you for another request Shauna. You a aren’t disqualified because you have made previous requests. In fact, keep them coming. I hope you like the following poem.

Look back and get experience! Look forward and see hope! Look around and find reality! Look within and find yourself.

— Dr Anil Kumar Sinha

Finding the Key to Your Heart

Everyone is looking for

a life goal to attain.

Some lucky souls realise their dream,

but others search in vain.


The world’s a complicated place,

so much to see and do.

You need to find your place in it

to reveal the inner you.


Many people cry for help

and need a guiding hand,

but, first you’ll need to find yourself,

before you take a stand.

You devote your time to learning

to give yourself a start,

but the treasure that you really seek

is locked safely in your heart.


So, whatever work employs you

or location you may be,

you must continue searching

until you find the key.

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Rosina S Khan

"I would like to make a request. Please do write a poem for me on "Reconciling with My Withering Love"."


It was my pleasure to write a poem for you, Rosina. I hope it is what you were looking for.

One minute of reconciliation is worth more than a whole life of friendship!

— Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Reconciling With My Withering Love

My love is like a climbing rose

That withers on the vine.

I ask you why you’re troubled,

You answer, “I’ll be fine!”


Oh, how I long to resurrect

The burning love we had,

But your indifference to my pleas

Just makes me feel so sad.


I love you still, with all my heart,

I long for your embrace,

And even when we are apart

I can see your smiling face.


But am I just delusional,

Do you still even care?

I wish you’d open up to me

And your true feelings share.


I know that we can work this out,

Our love be strong once more,

But we need to share our feelings

So please tell me I implore.

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Tiyasha Maitra

“You have such a knack for nature poetry John. So I was wondering, how about a poem on the the 4 seasons and how you observe the changes from your porch.”


I do like writing about nature, Tiyasha. I am not sure that you were expecting haiku, but that’s what you got haha. The winter one is not exactly how I observe it from my porch because we don’t get snow..but I claim “poetic licence” :)

When all the world appears to be in a tumult, and nature itself is feeling the assault of climate change, the seasons retain their essential rhythm. Yes, fall gives us a premonition of winter, but then, winter will be forced to relent, once again, to the new beginnings of soft greens, longer light, and the sweet air of spring.

— Madeleine M Kunin

The Four Seasons, Haiku

Spring

Most birds nest in spring

Many plants start to flower

But not birds-nest ferns.


Summer

Summer’s scorching heat

The sun feels like a furnace

Let’s visit the beach.


Autumn/Fall

The leaves are falling

The ground covered in colour

Winter’s approach looms


Winter

Temperatures drop

Snow falls and water freezes

I can’t wait for spring.

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Shannon Henry

"I like what you did with that Beauty and the Beast prompt. Your poem tells the entire story of Gerald in a condensed form and is a story by itself. It almost reminds me of some song lyrics. So if I were to make a request, I think I'd request another poem similar to that one. One that tells a story."

Well, Shannon, the poem I wrote for your request isn't really like Beauty and the Beast but it does tell a story. I hope you like it.

The Owl and the Pussy-cat went to sea in a beautiful pea-green boat. They took some honey, and plenty of money, wrapped up in a five-pound note.

— Edward Lear

The Owl and the Pussycat Get Married

1.

The Owl and the Pussy-Cat were happily wed

And oh what a couple they were,

They spent their honeymoon in a balloon,

Covered in sea-otter fur.

The Owl pointed up at the moon above,

And sang with a joyful voice,

“Oh, beautiful Pussy! O Pussy, my love,

To marry you was a fine choice!

Fine choice,

Fine choice!

To marry you was a fine choice!”

2.

Pussy stared at the sky asking, “Where should we fly?

The World is such a big place.”

“Let’s just fly away, for a month and a day,

And maybe soar up into space.

Their journey unfurled, to the end of the World,

To an island of purple sand dunes,

And there on the sand, was a cow with her band,

Playing all sorts of wonderful tunes,

Tunes,

Tunes,

Playing all sorts of wonderful tunes.

3.

“Dear cow, am I wrong, or will you sing us a song?”

“A song?” said the bovine, “of course!”

So, she sang them a tune, beside the balloon,

About a baboon and a horse.

They danced and they sang, and dined on meringue,

While they drank from a cup made of spruce,

And then arm in arm, to the singing cow’s charm,

They let their balloon fly loose,

Fly loose,

Fly loose,

They let their balloon fly loose.

4.

They stayed with the band, as they traveled the land,

Singing songs that nobody knew,

But everyone cheered when e’er they appeared

In the place where the four winds blew.

They slept in a tree, surrounded by bees,

And honey dripped down from above.

As the bees all flew south, the Owl opened his mouth

And said, “This is the honey I love,

I love,

I love,

This is the honey I love.”

5.

“Goodbye Dear Cow, we must leave you now,”

Said Pussy-Cat with a wave and a grin.

We’ll see you again, as soon as we can,

By the hair on a little pig’s chin.”

They booked seats on a shuttle, and Owl said with a skuttle.

“It’s time to explore outer space!”

The band played a fanfare, as they flew into the air,

And a small tear ran down Pussy’s face,

Pussy’s face,

Pussy’s face,

A small tear ran down Pussy’s face.

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See You Next Week

I hope you enjoyed your time on the porch this week. The next collection should feature poems for Mel Carriere, Pamela Oglesby, FlourishAnyway, and Ruby Jean Richert. Until then, stay safe and have fun.

Another Great Aussie Singer

© 2019 John Hansen

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Okay, John. Thanks for the heads up. I missed it. Stay healthy my friend.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Audrey. By the way a poem you requested about "Lies and Dishonesty" was in Poems From the Porch 23.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Excellent, John! I love each of your poems. I think my favorite is "The Owl and the Pussycat." Yes, I'm back for a second reading.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      MizB, it is never too late, and it is easy to miss a hub here and there. I don't have much formal training in poetry or literature other than at school and I put my interest aside for a long time. I think that was good in a way because I don't get swayed by what others say is good or bad, especially in regard to poetry. I just know what I like to read and write and my desire is to make poetry more appealing to a wider audience. to make it more easily understood and not a labour to analyse. I am glad I am helping you appreciate it more. Thank you for your kind words.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      I have a similar issue with links. Many of my articles are in groups that I can't link unless by chance they are featured below the main article.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Liz, thank you for seeking this out. I would have left a link on The Owl and the Pussy-Cat Went Into Space" but in case it gets moved to Letterpile, management frown on linking back to articles on HubPages. I appreciate your generous comment about my other poems as well.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      You pack so much into your poems, I could easily reread then many times. They deserve to be compiled in an anthology. The Special Assignment gives much food for thought in our troubled world. Your ability to get inside the subject in Finding the Key to your Heart and the poem about reconciliation is impressive. Mixing it up with a haiku demonstrates great poetic versatility. Having read the next one in the sequence, I am pleased I have tracked down the marriage poem for The Owl and the Pussycat.

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      Chris Mills 

      2 weeks ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      It looks like your schedule of poem writing may give you a couple of weeks for mine. Relax, no pressure, but I'll be waiting, and watching.

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      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Well, Chris, I’m not sure whether to thank you or curse you haha. Seriously, thanks for the kind comment about these poems. As for the ghost story/poem.. added to my list. You are sure trying to test me aren’t you? I look forward to the challenge this presents. Cheers.

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      Chris Mills 

      2 weeks ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      Okay, John, you asked for it. These poems are so good, you need more of a challenge. By the way, I loved The Special Assignment and the Four Seasons.

      Now for your challenge. A ghost story in a poem. It must include an old house or a mansion, or a dilapidated building. There is an upstairs window with backlight. Someone enters the building. They are not alone. That's it. You take it from there.

      Oh, my. What did I just do?

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      2 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      How could I have possibly missed this Porch when it first came out! I'm so glad you wrote the sequel and suggest that we go back and read this one. They're all good, but I especially love The Owl and the Pussycat. Somehow I missed the original when I was a child and when we were forced to study poetry in high school literature. I say "forced" because I wasn't talented in poetry and dodged that class every time I could. It is poets like you who are making me change my mind. Thanks, John.

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Chris. What I like best about doing these requests is that certain people find different things they are searching for or a message, that may not be evident to everyone. I am glad you liked "Finding the Key to Your Heart" in particular.

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your generous comment, Audrey. I do my best.

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      Chris Mills 

      2 months ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      John, your poem, Finding the Key to Your Heart is an amazing work of art. The real impact tells how two persons must open their hearts before the truth of the relationship comes out. So the lesson is, open up. Share the truth. It is not too late to repair a relationship. Good writing as always, my friend.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      2 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Each poem you create is unique and a joy to read. You give so much, John. Your ability to cover each request is brilliant. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 

      2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Lawrence. I am happy that you liked your requested poem as well as the others. Happy New Year.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      2 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John

      Thank you for the poem, it was brilliant! I really enjoyed it, and I'm glad you were creative with it.

      I enjoyed all these poems.

      Lawrence

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Shannon. I didn’t know you were a cat lover :) glad you loved the poem.

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      Shannon Henry 

      3 months ago from Texas

      Loved it! I know you know I love music, but did you know I am also a cat lover? Perfect story. Thanks for taking up the request. The other poems were a joy to read too

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for your generous comment, Brenda. You are always welcome on the porch whenever you have the time.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      3 months ago from Washington Court House

      John,

      You hit this one out of the park again.

      The way you can write from others suggestions is a great talent.

      Keep up the great work.

      I will get caught up with your writing soon.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Jason, thank you so much. It is great to have one’s work appreciated and shared.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      3 months ago from AZ

      It's a real pleasure to read your poems, John. A completely marvelous set of writings. I thought all the poems were brilliant. However, I absolutely adored the Owl and the Pussycat poem. I can't wait to share your poems with my wife. She'll love that Owl and Pussycat one.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much for the compliment, Crezyl. I appreciate you checking these poems out.

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      Crezyl Joy Villa Sabrido 

      3 months ago from Philippines

      You're a good poet. This is amazing.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Chris, thank you for the positive comment. I do appreciate it. It would be my pleasure to write a poem about “a rock” in honour of your wife.

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      Chris Mills 

      3 months ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      John, you are getting better at writing these poems on the fly. This is a seriously good collection. The Owl and the Pussy Cat Get Married is My Favorite, but I've already said, the entire collection is amazing. Well done, John.

      I'll make a request for sometime in the future. I'm thinking of my family now. My late wife was a science teacher. Her favorite subject was geology. For that reason, she, our two sons, and I became "rock hounds". Everyplace we traveled around North America, the Maritime Provinces of Canada, Iceland, and Norway, we collected rocks. In our home state of Michigan, the State rock is the Petoskey Stone. We find them on the Lake Michigan beaches near our home. So, in honor of my late wife, the Rock Lady, write a poem about, "a rock". That's it. No further instructions, just "a rock". Go wherever you like with it.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Feel free to study at your leisure, Eric. You can pay back by the lessons your own articles provide me.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Sorry buddy. I did not come back for enjoyment. I came back to study. Can you even imagine study without "student debt". But let us be clear I owe you.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ah Liz, thank you for such a great comment. the different topics requested allows me to experiment with different styles of poetry and to use the subjects however I see fit. It is a learning experience for me.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      Excellent collection that showcases your great poetic talent. There is so much food for thought in the the first two poems, depth of feeling in the third, succinct use of words about the seasons in the fourth and humour in the last poem.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and appreciating what I write, Mary. You are welcome back anytime.

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      Mary Norton 

      3 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      There is so much to enjoy here that I will be back to reread it and cherish the lines, the words and the rhythm. Thank you for sharing your talent.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It is always a pleasure to read your comments Shaun. I hope you had a productive day, and now you can relax. Bless you too.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      3 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      I am grateful for your beautiful poetry which is a balm for my heart after a long day!

      God bless your talent!

      Sean

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Tiyasha, I am pleased you liked the seasons Haiku as well as The Special Assignment. Thanks for following this series.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It was my pleasure, Shauna. Thank you for supporting this series by both reading each week and making requests. That helps it keep going.

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      Tiyasha Maitra 

      3 months ago from Gurgaon

      Once again, a lovely collection John. Thanks so much for the seasons poem. I love how you have melded each Haiku into the next one. I was particularly taken with The Special Assignment. A very important message nestled within a perfectly rhyming set. Loved the read.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 months ago from Central Florida

      John, you've outdone yourself! Thanks for tackling another of my topics beautifully. In fact, I enjoyed each and every one of them. I think my favorites are The Special Assignment and The Owl and the Pussycat Get Married. I love how you intertwined various nursery rhymes into that sing-songy piece.

      Touche, my friend!

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Manatita

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      I did read your Haiku's as I did everything else but I feel that they are quite fitting poems/Haikus. Well done.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Manatita, thank you so much for your kind words, advice, and constant encouragement. I feel we need to be constantly learning and improving as writers, and that never ends.

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      Super-excellent Job. Devika has just written about how we improve as writers and I agree. You came here as a good writer but yes, you have evolved. Your rhyme scheme is now much higher and the 'flo' is awesome.

      I particularly love your first poem. So meaningful! The reconciliation poem is captured beautifully, near perfect to me. Another exquisite Porch!

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      I think that would be a great idea! I look forward to reading more about this charming duo.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What can I say, Lora? I am so happy to read your comment about The Owl and the Pussy-cat Get Married. What a compliment to have you share with nieces and nephews. I am thinking of continuing the story and their adventures now I started.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Lori. These poems are a pleasure to write.

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      These poems are a joy to read, John! But the Owl and the Pussycat Get Married is just a sheer delight. Your imagination just takes flight and you take us on an amazing journey with your rhapsodic verse. I just love it! I'm sharing it with my nieces and nephews who will just love it too. You combine poetry with a fairy tale and let us soar with these wonderful characters. Awesome job!

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      You have my respect for this porch series. Just excellent.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Clive, the angels said the coffee was heavenly. Good job, and thanks for the visit.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much, Diana. Always good to see you here on the porch.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for being a regular follower of the series Ruby. The Owl and the Pussycat sure was fun.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Pamela, this series would have to be the most time consuming thing I do each week, but it is also one of the most enjoyable and satisfying when I receive so many encouraging comments especially from those who requested poems.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      You are too kind Linda. I am glad you are enjoying the series though. Yes, I am sure there are angels among us doing their assigned jobs. Thanks again.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Great to see you on the porch, Audrey. We all need those angels watching over us don’t we? Thank you.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Rasma, thanks for the kind words. I was pleased how the Owl and the Pussycat worked out. Glad you enjoyed the haikus too.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, thank you for taking the time to visit the porch. This series is quite an undertaking for me so I appreciate every reader it gets.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Elijah. I haven’t found any to be impossible yet but some are certainly more of a challenge than others.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I am amazed how popular the series is among hubbers, Devika. I am glad you are enjoying it.

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      Clive Williams 

      3 months ago from Jamaica

      i served coffee in that meeting. It was good.

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      Diana L Pierce 

      3 months ago from Potter County, Pa.

      All are excellent, I could never pick just one.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh, I loved them all, esp. the Owl and Pussycat. Only you could write a love poem between such an odd pair and make it seem real. Bravo!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is another wonderful group of poems in a variety of formats. I thought the assignment from God was well done as were all the rest. I look forward to reading your poetry from the porch each week. I know it must be a time consuming task for you, but this large group of people commenting obviously enjoy your talent.

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      Linda Lum 

      3 months ago from Washington State, USA

      John, I can't pick a favorite this week. I love them all. I like the thought of angels among us. In Psalm 91 and again in the Book of Luke we are promised that God will "give His angels charge over you."

      A haiku is a perfect answer to addressing the four seasons, and I'm hoping someone can write a tune to go along with the Owl and the Pussycat.

      Love this series!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      I'm enjoying this series, John. My favorite is the Angels poem. I know there are guardian angels ready to help me out when I face danger. Keep up the great work and thank you so much.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      3 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      First, let me say congratulations on the wonderful creativity of the Owl and the Pussycat. Every one of these was a joy to read and I loved the season Haikus.

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      Bill De Giulio 

      3 months ago from Massachusetts

      What a wonderful series. I’m just seeing this edition, but will have to go back to read the others. You’ve created something really special here, John.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      3 months ago from Washington DC

      You do them with such ease is how it appears to me, John, maybe I will someday write and publish some more but until then I'll just enjoy yours.

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      Devika Primić 

      3 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have shared interesting poetry of hubbers and created a mindset here. I look forward to your next.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ps, thank you for the angels. They are always welcome. Thank you for reading and for your kind comment.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Bill. I am a little amazed at the diversity of the topics presented. I am glad the series is interesting as it is also a joy to write.

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      Patricia Scott 

      4 months ago from North Central Florida

      Now I must go back and read others. I so enjoyed each one of these entries you shared here. Of course the Angel one really was of great interest to me. Thank you for sharing. Angels are headed your way this morning. ps

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      Bill Holland 

      4 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This is becoming a very enjoyable series, quite entertaining, and a real showcase for your talent, John!

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Chitrangada, thank you for such a generous comment. Yes, our fellow writers do deserve appreciation for the wonderful topics they have suggested. I am happy you are enjoying the series.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 months ago from New Delhi, India

      What a wonderful series, you have created on HubPages!

      I enjoyed this one as much as the earlier ones. Composing poems on a suggested theme, is a creative talent, few writers have. And a word of appreciation for the fellow writers too, for such interesting topics.

      Thanks for sharing these wonderful poems.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Lorna, your comments are always so welcome. No bush fires are currently close to us but the land is suffering so badly from no rain...everything is brown. yes, Melbourne is famous for having four seasons in one day. So glad you like Missy Higgins too. You have a safe and happy Christmas and New Year too.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, have you ever read the book "Mr God, This is Anna?" If you haven't, I recommend it to you and Gabe. It is wonderful.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Rosina, I am so glad you like the poem I wrote for you. I didn't really know your situation but I am so glad it improved. I hoped the video at the end would be relevant to you as well.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 months ago

      I thoroughly enjoy these collections John and I hope you are not suffering the effects of the bush fires across the pond in Australia. I was very impressed by The Four Seasons Haiku and the fact seasons don't change although when I lived in Melbourne we used to get four seasons in one day. I'm a big fan of Missy Higgins and this video is perfect. I will be travelling over the Christmas period so I wish you and your family a safe and peaceful Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John my boy asked me yesterday, "Who made God?" I do not know but you sustain him.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey, Eric...happy adoption day :) I am glad you are able to learn something from these...even if they stink hahaha. You can borrow my muse if you want. But I think yours is even more prolific than mine.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      4 months ago

      I loved all the poems and the video at the end, as usual, John. About my requested poem on reconciliation, I must say it is gorgeous- only that the situation now is much better, and there are more love and reconciliation. All the same, I thank you from the core of my heart.

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      Eric Dierker 

      4 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John this is great. I loved the music. Your poems stunk. hihihihi. What a mentor you are to me. Thanks teacher.

      Now tomorrow marks the 62 year of my being adopted and brought into a wonderful family. No real request but maybe a muse created.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow, Flourish you were quick. You must have read it as soon as I hit publish. Glad you enjoyed these.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      4 months ago from Canada

      What a fun, fine read John, love the concept of writing from your porch, and collaboration with other writers choosing the themes. It's refreshing to see your writes from an Australia that has been on my worried mind lately with all the harrowing tales of fire in the news. I'm happy you seem to be blissfully far away from any danger. The Angels poem, and Reconciliation are my favs in this collection.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Charlie. Cheers.

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      Charlie Halliday 

      4 months ago from Scotland

      Hat doffed

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 months ago from USA

      Well done John! I particularly enjoyed the first two.

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