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Poems From the Porch 19

Updated on January 27, 2020
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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.

Another view from the porch
Another view from the porch | Source

And the Weather is Fine

Welcome to the porch. Thank you for taking some time away from your busy lives to just sit and relax for a few minutes as I share this weeks requested poems. As usual the topics are diverse and I am sure you will find them interesting. There are actually two poems about travel and two about dogs, but none about travelling dogs.

I said last week that I had run out of requests well you, my readers, answered the call and I received a flood of new prompts. Keep them coming and Poems From the Porch will keep on keeping on.

The weather since the start of the New Year has been the welcome relief we have been hoping for for so long. The extended drought now broken, mostly sunny days but rain almost every afternoon or night. Most of the fires that have been burning around the country are now out and people can start rebuilding their lives. So to me, all this is a good definition of “fine.”

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Liz Westwood

“How about a poem on the benefits of travel?”


I should have expected this topic from you Liz as I know from your wonderful in-depth and informative articles how much travel means to you. I decided to share two poems on your requested subject. I hope you like them.

The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page.

— St. Augustine

The Benefits of Travel

I’ve travelled all around the world,

New York to Kathmandu,

Rode a gondola in Venice

And a camel in Timbuktu.


I’ve climbed Mt Kilimanjaro

And the Eiffel Tower in France,

Escaped from Sudanese pirates

By the literal seat of my pants.


The Pacific Islands called me,

They coaxed me with their charms.

On beautiful white beaches

I lay beneath the palms.

I’ve enjoyed cups of tea in Mumbai,

And coffee in Instanbul.

I’ve dined in style in Tuscany,

And in Madrid I fought a bull.


Some people love possessions,

Some just like solitude,

But my true love is travelling

By plane, road, rail, or cruise.


The benefits of travel

Are just to vast to list,

But if you never leave your home

You won’t know what you missed.

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The Lonely Traveller

I am a lonely traveller

I’ve been around the world.

New destinations every year,

Adventures are unfurled.


I’ve seen the sights of Europe

Like Pisa's Leaning Tower,

And trekked in Asian countries

Like China and Nepal.


The wide brown land Australia,

Africa’s Sahara sands,

America both North and South,

And many other lands.


The things I’ve seen amaze me,

And the people I have met.

I’d love a travelling buddy

But I haven’t found one yet.


Traveling alone gives freedom

But it makes one feel alone,

Especially when you’re in strange lands

So many miles from home.

Beach, Dominican Republic, Caribbean
Beach, Dominican Republic, Caribbean | Source

Hamish Mamgain

”A few days ago, I saw a dog on the way. Instantly a thought lingered in me about writing a poem about dog , but it hasn't materialised as yet. Could you please write one extending this series.”

I love animals, Harish, and have dogs of my own so I enjoyed writing this poem "The Stray."

Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog;

but you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog.

— Douglas Malloch

The Stray

A stray dog sleeps beneath the stairs

Of the apartment where I live.

He follows me when I go out

He has lots of faith to give.


He has no collar or real home,

I don’t even know his name

So I just call him “Hobo,”

He’s friendly and he’s tame.


He’s not a pedigree for sure,

Can‘t even tell his breed,

He doesn’t expect much in life,

But will beg for a small feed.


I give him scraps I have to spare,

And water to survive.

He shows me thanks as best he can,

With sad but grateful eyes.


I’m not supposed to have a pet,

But I may just take him in,

Ignoring an abandoned soul,

To me, would be a sin.


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Pamela Oglesby

"I do not know if you have written a poem about pets. Through the years I have had such loving dogs and cats. However, my first pet was a canary. My girlfriends bought it for my 16th birthday as my parents would not let us get pets when we were growing up. I was overjoyed."

I cant imagine life without pets, Pamela. At time of writing I have two dogs, six cats, and three hens. That number also tends to change from time to time. Yes, I have written a few poems about pets, but this time I decided to write you a poem about one of my dogs, Omo.

Dogs die. But dogs live, too. Right up until they die, they live. They live brave, beautiful lives. They protect their families. And love us. And make our lives a little brighter. And they don't waste time being afraid of tomorrow.

— Dan Gemeinhart, The Honest Truth

A Dog Called Omo

I have a dog named Omo,

She is a white Maltese.

She‘s eight years old and has a limp

But at least she has no fleas.


We took her in just recently,

She was needing a new home.

Abandoned pets know where to go

To make it in a poem.


She likes to tease the neighbour’s dogs,

Annoy them ‘til they bark.

As long as they’re behind a fence

She’s fearless like a shark.


Her tongue is always hanging out,

I guess it’s just too long.

It‘s tempting to just cut it off,

But that would just be wrong.


Omo’s a friend to Ginger

Who’s deaf, and blind as well.

The presence gives her comfort

For she has the sense of smell.


Sometimes Omo’s grumpy,

And tends to eat too much.

I need to help her lose some weight

And reduce her food a touch.


Whether you have dogs or cats,

Or any type of pet,

Tret them like your family

And make sure their needs are met.

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After a haircut. Omo the Maltese
After a haircut. Omo the Maltese | Source
Omo, au natural
Omo, au natural | Source
Ginger and Omo
Ginger and Omo | Source

Bill Holland

"I was looking forward to your mud poem for two weeks, and you didn't disappoint. Another, please? 'The muffled silence of snow.' "


Sure, Bill, not a problem. I have never seen or experienced snow first hand, let along heard it. But, here goes. I hope you don't mind me borrowing a little from your latest "Mailbag."

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says, "Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.

— Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

The Muffled Silence of Snow

The snow flakes fall so gently

While we're asleep at night,

A ghostly sheet decending

Blankets everything in white.


It muffles the loud city sounds

In a stillness and a calm.

Some say they don't like winter,

But it has a special charm.

For children there are snowmen

And snowball fights to win,

Then inside sitting by the fire

To thaw their frosty skin.


Many creatures hibernate

when snow starts falling light,

Preparing for the winter's cold

When food supplies are nigh.


Life becomes so peaceful

And everything moves slow.

Each winter I just long to hear

the muffled silence of the snow.

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      2 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Ann. Yes, these were all fairly light-hearted a fun to write. I am so glad you enjoyed the subjects chosen. Yes, it is good to see other news taking over now other than “Australia Burning” and no the recovery can begin. “Poetry vs Prose” what a good topic. I shall see what I can do with that.

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      Ann Carr 

      2 weeks ago from SW England

      Super poems, John, light-hearted and fun. Each brought a smile to my face.

      I love travelling, dogs and snow, so this was right up my street!

      Glad to hear that most of the fires have gone. There must be so much rebuilding to do for some but it's amazing how resilient humans are and how they rally round when others need help - it lifts the spirit.

      How about a poem regarding poetry versus prose?!

      Ann

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Lora. I am glad you could relate to the dog poems, and the one about snow brought back fond memories. Ernie is doing well to still see and hear at 16. Cheers.

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 weeks ago

      These are all such wonderful poems, John. Its difficult for me to say which one I like the best. They are all top-notch. I especially love the poems about dogs. Like you, I love animals too and always seem to be adding more to the ones I have either by fostering or taking in strays! I had a dog named Ginger for a very long time and she was a real buddy to Ernie who is now 16 years old, and he can still hear and see just fine! I love Omo. She looks so sweet. I've always loved the snow but where I live now, we don't get any. But your poem, certainly struck a chord. Beautifully written, it brought back wonderful memories for me. Thanks!

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Peggy. I am glad you enjoyed these poems. I can’t imagine life without a dog even though it is terrible when you lose one. Stay tuned, your other request about the unfortunate rate of veteran suicide will be published later today my time as a stand-alone hub.

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      Peggy Woods 

      3 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      These were all great. Your travel ones remind one of the many opportunities people have to discover this wide world of ours. It is fun traveling with family or friends. It would not be as much fun (for me) to travel alone as your 2nd travel poem described.

      Snow does blanket the earth with a pristine whiteness. We rarely see snowflakes, much less accumulation of snow in Houston, but having lived in Wisconsin as a child, and later, as an adult, it is a fun memory.

      Loved your dog Omo poem! So happy for her and Ginger. Most of our dogs through the years have been rescues. May your pets give you many years of pleasure!

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi MsDora. Travel and pets are two very popular topics so I was bound to get requests for them. I am happy that I did them justice. Thank you for reading.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      The sentiments in your poems about travel and pets. and also the descriptions in "Muffled Silence" are touching as is your appeal at the end. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for sharing that MizB. I just hope they are okay.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      3 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      John, you wondered why they didn't stay. Apparently they had an important agenda. We saw them first in a shelter advertisement in the paper, a brother and sister catahoula, and thought about adopting them, but someone else beat us to them. Two months later, they appeared on our back deck. We live in a woodsy area close to the intersection of two major interstate highways I-40 and I-430. They were tired and hungry and seemed quite content after we fed them and gave them a soft place to sleep. We'd planned to check with the shelter the next day to see who the owner was or if we could adopt them. We didn't put them on leashes to take them outside because we hadn't fed them breakfast and thought they would come back to eat. But they didn't come back, and we've never heard from them again. We will always wonder about the little sweet mystery wandering dogs.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I really appreciate your comment Alyssa. I am glad that my poetry evoked those feelings in you....almost longing for snow, that’s something.

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      Alyssa 

      3 weeks ago from Ohio

      What a wonderful edition! Your poems about travel have given me wanderlust. My favorite is the last one. You captured the magic and beauty of the season with your words. It almost has me longing for snow.. almost. haha!

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Nithya, thank you very much. So glad you enjoyed these poems.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 weeks ago from Dubai

      I enjoyed reading all of your poems, beautifully expressed. My favorite it the The Muffled Silence of Snow. Great poetry.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Li-Jen. It was good to read your insights into each poem. I appreciate that. Thank you for reading and for your interesting comment.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      3 weeks ago

      Hi Jodah, I like the fast pace of the first poem about the benefits of travelling, as if we are actively and miraculously time travelling to see many countries and seeing glimpses of their beauty. And I am amused at the food and drinks part because we taste each specialty quickly. The Lonely Traveller poem is like a relaxed and leisurely walk, really like what solo travelling is all about. The one about Ono is a lovely tribute because you know your pet dog from nose to tail. Haha. As for your last poem about snow, I can understand how time can stand still with the silence of the snow. It's a good way of describing snow because you get to appreciate the moment. Thanks for sharing!

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Audrey. Glad you enjoyed these. “Lies and dishonesty”.. I’m on it.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 weeks ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Your poems are remarkable and I enjoy each one. My favorites are the dog poems...I love our precious animals so much.

      I'd love to see what you can come up with using "Lies or Dishonesty" as the subject for a poem. Thanks, John.

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Nell, thank for the claps. Glad you enjoyed these.

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      Nell Rose 

      3 weeks ago from England

      Yeah, can you hear me clapping? Love the travel ones, but the dog poems are brilliant! (I love dogs, so.....) LOL!

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      John Hansen 

      3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Rasma. Much appreciated.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      3 weeks ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      I loved all of them and the ones about the dogs were just delightful

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Larry. Good to see you. Thank you for reading and commenting. I really appreciate it.

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      Larry Slawson 

      4 weeks ago from North Carolina

      Really great job, my friend. I always enjoy reading your work :)

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Liz, glad I didn't disappoint. I haven't travelled a lot but read about it and watch travel shows lol.

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      Liz Westwood 

      4 weeks ago from UK

      Thank you very much for the poems about travel. They are great, as I expected. Once again you have shown your versatility with poems on dogs and snow as well. The stray dog reminded me of stray dogs that hung around our holiday accommodation in Cyprus.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Linda. I think they are both happy. Thank you for reading.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Shaloo. I just can't say no to an animal in need.

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thank you for sharing the poems and for adopting Omo, John. I'm glad that Omo has a good home and that Ginger has a new friend.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      4 weeks ago from India

      Loved the poem about the stray dog... Wish all people are as considerate as you and show a little kindness towards them!

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the kind comment, MizB. Maybe a travelling dog poem will be one for the future. Aww why didn’t those pups wish to stay with you?

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Cheryl. I will.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Devika. I am glad you enjoy what I write. I do my best.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Rosina, I know a few people who don’t like pets for one reason or another but that doesn’t mean they don’t like animals. Thank you for continuing to follow the series. There should be a poem for you next week I think.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      John, I meant to tell you how pleased and relieved I am that you finally are having some rain that's benefiting your land. Great news that many of the fires have been extinguished.

      I, too, give homes to animals (cats) that need some comfort and love. Two of my three indoor cats are rescues. My two outdoor cats are strays that decided my home needed to be theirs. Sadly, I think both were abandoned because they're definitely not feral.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much, Flourish. Much appreciated.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Ruby, it is so sad that you are allergic to dander and can’t have pets. Have you considered trying a poodle? They actually have wool so are usually recommended for anyone allergic. Anyway thank you for reading and enjoying these poems. Blessings.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Shauna. Most of my pets are strays, or animals that needed a new home. Like not having experienced snow, I also haven’t travelled much, so most of that was from my imagination too. Thanks for visiting the porch. Always a pleasure to have you here.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Linda, no Omo doesn’t like haircuts. How can anyone not like animals? Thanks for the offer to introduce me to snow on Mt Rainer. Australia does get snow, we have the Snowy Mountains and Mt Kosciusko etc but all a bit far from me, or I haven’t bothered to go there. Ok, “a cook in the kitchen”, noted. I will get on that one.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Harish, glad I captured closely what you experienced on seeing the dog. I am glad you enjoyed these poems. Take care.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Cheryl. I appreciate you following this series and your kind remark.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful comment, Jason. Your words humble me. If my poetry gives anyone pleasure or inspires I have succeeded in some small way. Feel free to come back and “chill” on the porch anytime. (Yes, Omo is adorable.)

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I’m happy I did your snow poem justice Bill, and who doesn’t love dogs? Nope, true, I have never experienced snow, and now you want a poem about woodpeckers that are not endemic to Australia lol. I will do it though because I always learn something through the research. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi, Eric. I am sure there are not too many places you haven’t been. Yes, I agree with Buddha, you can probably learn a lot more from travelling than from school, practice learning at least.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      4 weeks ago from Beautiful South

      Loved today's porch, John. For someone who hasn't experienced snow, you gave us a nice experience. Travel was great, and the dogs were superb. Didn't write about a traveling dog, huh. If I were a poet, I would write about the two little traveling catahoula puppies that we'd hoped to adopt, but they said, "No thanks," we've got to move on." And so they went.

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      Cheryl E Preston 

      4 weeks ago from Roanoke

      Yes agreed. Continue to carry on.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 weeks ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jodah another poem with an easy flow and such talent from you shows me your expressions from all sides.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      4 weeks ago

      So nice of you to carry on with the series and giving us gifts of lovely poems to read each week from your porch, John. The poems on traveler, dogs, and snow are so very well rhymed and presented. Although I personally do not like pets, I couldn't help appreciating the poems about them.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      4 weeks ago from USA

      You rocked with these. The cadence was wonderful.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 weeks ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved each and every line. esp. the Doggie and the snow. As you probably know, I am allergic to animal dander. ( I've written about how hard I've tried to have one. ) I usually have a doggie 2 or 3 days before my eyes begin to swell. The last one was so special, my friend Tammy gave him to me, I took him to the Dr. got all he needed, bought him a bed, jacket and food he'd never had before. He loved shrimp. On the third day I got really sick, so I called my friend, she came to pick him up and was standing at the door getting ready to leave, he broke loose from her and came to me and licked my hand, as if to say, " I enjoyed my time with you, but I'm going home with mommy. " Needless to say, I was crying like a baby. It ' ain't ' fair.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      4 weeks ago from Central Florida

      Great job with all of these, John! I particularly like "The Stray". I read a lot of wonderful stories and watch videos on The Dodo about strays that have been taken in by compassionate humans.

      I also enjoyed your traveling poems. I don't travel much, so thanks for taking me along for the ride.

      For never having experienced snow, you responded well to Bill's request. You pretty much nailed it!

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      Linda Lum 

      4 weeks ago from Washington State, USA

      John, your love for animals shines through. That poor little waif under the porch needs a real home. Your Omo does not look very pleased. Perhaps she doesn't like the new hair style?

      I can't imagine never experiencing snow. Perhaps you should visit Washington State. Bill and I would be glad to introduce you to Mount Rainier.

      I love this series. How about a poem about a cook in the kitchen? It could be an experienced chef, or someone who is hapless and helpless. Let your Muse guide you.

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      Harish Mamgain 

      4 weeks ago from New Delhi , India

      John, you wrote such beautiful poems, as requested by friends. Love reading all of them. I also got mine " The Stray " , and it is almost close to my feelings when I spotted a dog. Thanks a bunch my friend for sharing your talent.

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      Cheryl E Preston 

      4 weeks ago from Roanoke

      Thank you for sharing your descriptive inspiring work.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      4 weeks ago from AZ

      John, you such an amazing and inspirational writer. The poems are nothing short of top-notch.

      Omo is so adorable by the way.

      I love reading Poems From the Porch. I look forward to it. It's like waiting for my favorite tv program to come on, or waiting for the next chapter in an amazing book I'm reading. It feels like that. I love "chillin" on the the porch.

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      Bill Holland 

      4 weeks ago from Olympia, WA

      A poem about dogs and my snow poem...what a great time on the porch this week. You've never experienced snow? My goodness...I wish I could rectify that for you, my friend. Anyway, thanks for taking my request....when you get the time, how about one about woodpeckers?

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Well this was cool - not just the snow one. I counted ten of the places you mention as being there. Reminds me of Jesus sending out the disciples and Buddha's long journey. To semi-quote Buddha said that a earnest day of travel is worth a year of school.

      I have had the pleasue of meeting the travelling dogs. Always seemed polite enough to me. Like meeting a new friend.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Chitrangada. No, I can only dream of visiting those places. Okay, sure I can do a poem on “Trust and Betrayal.” Look for it in a couple of weeks.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      4 weeks ago from New Delhi, India

      Wonderful poems on different topics, and I enjoyed all of them.

      The travel poems are great. Wonder if, you have visited all those places, you have mentioned in your poem! Must be a great experience.

      I believe, you can compose poems, on any topic.

      How about a poem on, ‘Trust and Betrayal.’

      Thank you for sharing!

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Pamela, good to see you here on the porch each week. So glad you are enjoying the series. Thank you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 weeks ago from Sunny Florida

      I really like the variety of topics for your poems today, and as always each one was very good. Your weekly poems from the porch are always nice to read and I truly enjoy your series.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha manatita. We'll blame it on the dentist. I like the haiku, good job.

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      manatita44 

      4 weeks ago from london

      No. I'm ahead of Lorna. Lol. Anyway, I was about to press 'comment' when the 'angel' dentist, called me in. So I lost another five minutes. I'm claiming this. Ha ha.

      "Beautiful weather

      White snow settles upon cars

      The hanging trees waltz." - spontaneous haiku by Manatita

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Manatita, you missed being the first here by just two minutes. Thank you for reading though and for the generous comment.

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      John Hansen 

      4 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      I am glad you enjoyed these poems, Lorna. thank you for being the first to visit. I haven't travelled to too many places outside Australia, but maybe one day I will have to visit somewhere like Ireland to be able to experience the snow in Winter. Sorry you didn't have time for your second cup of tea but I couldn't make this much longer lol.

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      manatita44 

      4 weeks ago from london

      Seems I'm the first here. Great! All very nicely done and I like both travel poems. I'm a nature man so how can I not love the snow poem? Excellent work!

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      Lorna Lamon 

      4 weeks ago

      Just grabbing a cup of tea John and a few moments to relax with your wonderful collection of poems. I can certainly relate to the travel poems as I have always had a restless spirit. You have explored both sides of travelling really well. The poem about the stray dog was really touching and reminds me of the rescue dogs we have brought into our home over the years. You will have to come to Ireland and experience the snow John - it paints a very beautiful landscape. A lovely title for the poem as it does muffle everything in a very surreal way. Another enjoyable read and no time for that second cuppa. Cheers John.

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