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Poems From the Porch 2

Updated on November 9, 2019
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John is a long-time poet, short fiction, and article writer. He loves story-telling and also has a Certificate in Permaculture Design.

The Porch
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And So a Series Begins

Well, what can I say? In the first 'Poems From the Porch" I invited readers to give me ideas or subjects that they would like to see written as poems and said if the idea proved popular enough I would turn it into a series.

I must say the response was amazing and surprised me. I've already received enough suggestions, just from the comments in the first article, to keep this series going for around six weeks. So, thank you to everyone who submitted an idea. With this second part, I declare 'Poems From the Porch' a series.

I am keeping a list of the suggestions in the order they are posted in comments and the poems I create will be in the same order. So, sit back, put your feet up (as I did writing these) and hopefully enjoy poems requested by your fellow writers.

A view from the porch (backdoor and steps)
A view from the porch (backdoor and steps) | Source

Lorna Lamon

"As I love nature and Australia is full of the beauty of nature perhaps writing a poem about 'the bush' and its many facets, might be an idea... maybe it could be a rhyming poem."


Thank you for the request Lorna. I hope you enjoy this poem.

The Bush: A Place Just a Little Way Down

The bush surrounds my little town, to the east and west that's for sure.

To the north and south, to the river mouth, and all the way down to the shore.


From the birds in the trees to the rock wallabies and bush tucker food you can eat.

I love the outback, every rough beaten track, even during the hot summer heat.


And as I repose, cooling under a hose, at my house in the centre of town

I reminisce of a day 'neath a blue gum asway in a place just a little way down.


Where the wattle trees bold with their bright sprays of gold attract the honey-eater and pigeon,

Or the ridge with the caves, where the dingoes oft' laze on the property I called 'The Haven.'


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Walkabout Creek Hotel, McKinley (featured in Crocodile Dundee)
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Walkabout Creek Hotel, pub featured in Crocodile Dundee
Walkabout Creek Hotel, pub featured in Crocodile Dundee | Source

FlourishAnyway

"I’ll throw an idea out — a humorous poem about forgetfulness."


OK, Flourish, the next one is for you. Thanks for the request.

Forgetfulness: I've Lost...I Can't Find...Where Is?

I cannot find my glasses,

I had them on last night.

It may be no big deal to you

But I need them for sight.


I cannot find my glasses,

I've searched both high and low.

Confused I start to scratch my head -

Oh! ... Where they were you'll never know.


I cannot find my glasses
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My keys, my keys, where are my keys?

I really need them now!

I've looked in every place on Earth,

Desert sands and Arctic snow.


How can they go missing

When I hang them 'round my neck?

Perhaps I'll look in one more place -

Oh!...found them ... what the heck?


The dreaded disappearing keys
The dreaded disappearing keys | Source

Oh no! I've lost another sock,

I don't know where it's gone.

Where oh where do odd socks go?

I have ten socks on their own.


Maybe there is a fairy

Who steals them in the night,

And uses them for sleeping bags

For the homeless fairy plight.

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Pamela Oglesby

"I will try to give you ideas occasionally. Being a grandparent is near and dear to my heart and I also think your cats are a possible topic."


Thank you for those prompts, Pamela. Here is your poem.

Grandparents and Cats: Grandpa's Cat

Grandma had a budgie,

but Grandpa had a cat.

Grandma had a goldfish,

but Grandpa had a cat.

Grandma had a puppy dog,

but Grandpa had a cat.

Grandma had some chickens,

but Grandpa had a cat.


Grandparents
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When Grandpa worked within his shed

Making things from wood,

The cat lay on his workbench.

He called it "Puddy Pud."


This cat would follow Grandpa

Everywhere he'd go.

To the store in his old ute (pick-up),

Puddy Pud would be in tow.


At night when Grandpa lay in bed

The cat was in bed too,

Purring away contentedly

Unless he was told to "shoo!"


Grandma didn't mind the cat,

She'd try to feed him treats.

But Grandpa had the only hands

From which Puddy Pud would eat.


Grandma had a lot of pets,

Different ones would come and go.

But Puddy Pud was a one-man cat,

On Grandpa his love bestowed.

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That's It Folks!

It's goodbye from the porch for another week. I think I published the first one on Sunday (my time) so this one is a little early. Do you think I should try to publish this on the same day each week? We have 'The Writers' Mailbag' on Mondays and 'Eric's Sunday Sermon' each Sunday, so maybe I should try to publish this Friday or Saturday (US time.) Does anyone have a preference?

Anyway, until next week, it's Jodah signing out, and don't forget if you have any poetry requests just ask me in comments. (Next week there should be poems for Elijah A Alexander Jr. and Bill Holland.)

© 2019 John Hansen

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    • pstraubie48 profile image

      Patricia Scott 

      19 months ago from North Central Florida

      Yes, indeed. That would be a dream fulfilled ....to travel there and see all I have only read about. and You are welcome....more Angels on the way ps

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      John Hansen 

      19 months ago from Queensland Australia

      ps, I appreciate you taking the time to read these poems and leave an encouraging comment. I hope you get to visit Australia one day. Thank you for the angels, and you take care.

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      Patricia Scott 

      19 months ago from North Central Florida

      Love me that Puddy Pud after this read...kitty cats can be very snooty if that is the correct word. As much as I love them I have encountered a few over the years that are just too selective to sidle up to me even for a treat. And the poem about your land....O yes. I know I must have told you a million times I would adore a trip there. Thank you for giving us a peek. Angels are winging their way to you this morning ps

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      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Lawrence. Blessings.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      20 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John

      Enjoyed 'Grandpa's cat'. They were all pretty neat.

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      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Brenda. Take your time, but now you know where the missing socks go.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      20 months ago from Washington Court House

      I am trying to catch up with your writings from the porch.

      I particularly loved this one on missing socks...

      ."And uses them for sleeping bags

      For the homeless fairy plight."

      Thanks for the read.

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      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks again Alyssa. Keep on laughing.

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      John Hansen 

      20 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi again Ann. I have decided to just publish this whatever day I finish writing sufficient poems. It is hard to pressure a muse and come up with a satisfactory result. So far I seem to be getting them out between Thursday and Saturday. Oh, the lost sock dilemma lol.

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      Alyssa 

      20 months ago from Ohio

      This is so much fun and I'm playing catch up with your series. All the poems were fantastic, but the one about forgetfulness really made me laugh. :)

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      Ann Carr 

      20 months ago from SW England

      Lovely! It's great to have a light-hearted read. Lost socks are a mystery; I'm convinced my washing machine eats ours.

      I think having a set day can be good from the writer's point of view but, on the other hand, it can tie you down. Keeping to one day either side would be my suggestion.

      I'll catch up on the rest of this series so far, as quickly as I can.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much MsDora. I always appreciate your comments and glad you enjoyed the poetry.

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      Dora Weithers 

      21 months ago from The Caribbean

      The poems are all of quality style and content. I like them all but Forgetfulness is my favorite. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Liz, thanks for reading these poems. I think the forgetfulness one resonates with many of us. See you next week.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Brother Elijah, thanks for continuing to read my poetry. In fact your request is next in the list so hopefully I can meet your challenge in the next part.

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      Liz Westwood 

      21 months ago from UK

      I especially enjoyed the poem about forgetfulness, probably because it resonates so much with me. You captured the Bush well and the grandparents- cat combination worked well. I look forward to your weekly poetry collection.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      21 months ago from Washington DC

      A poet in deed brother John is, give him a request and he does his best and done the request he seals.

      I enjoyed them, brother, I will find them whenever you publish them, I'm a free boy my only problem is maintain a source of internet.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Li-Jen. It is good that the first poem was descriptive enough for you to appreciate the scenery described. This is quite a challenging undertaking, but it gives me some good writing prompts and with some subjects I may not have considered otherwise. Thanks for suggesting "a garden" as a subject. Added to my list.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      21 months ago

      Hi Jodah. These poems are wonderful especially the first. I like the rhymes and the choice of words. And you really get to appreciate the scenery as you write the descriptions. You're so patient and enthusiastic, to respond to the poem topics. I like your spirit! Thanks for sharing! Perhaps you could write a poem about a garden. I'll leave it to you to decide how it goes!

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      21 months ago from Beautiful South

      LOL, John, I fell in love with black cats when the first little black kitten came into my life in 1979, and I've had from one to four ever since. They are the hardest things in the world to photograph! They blend into everything.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Lora. Yep, there could be a fourth dimension where all the socks go...but I am still betting on the fairy. I am glad you enjoyed these poems and the series.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Flourish. I am happy to know you enjoyed the poems especially the forgetfulness one you asked for. Thanks for sharing the story about your journalism teacher and her lost glasses. I know you like cats too.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you again, Ruby. I enjoy using rhyme and it usually comes easily to me. I find it more difficult to write a free verse or prose poem.

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      Lora Hollings 

      21 months ago

      I just love the lines about the socks in your poem, "Forgetfuness." It seems as if every time I do laundry, I lose at least one of my socks, so I always have a mismatched pair! Maybe there's a fourth dimension which attracts socks! Lovely writing in your poem, "The Bush: A Place Just a Little Way Down," and your poem about the cat, Puddy Pud, was so cute. Thanks for another enjoyable episode in your series!

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      Linda Crampton 

      21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your poems are interesting and enjoyable, John. I think I'm going to love this series!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      21 months ago from USA

      What a great series, John! Thanks for writing the forgetfulness poem. I am reminded of my high school journalism teacher who was frantically looking everywhere for some lost item she wasn’t telling us about. She finally asked aloud if someone in the class had played a trick on her. We didn’t know what she was talking about. Then she bluntly and accusingly asked who took her glasses. They were on her head. Now I understand. I have an Apple Watch and its primary purpose is to locate my phone.

      Looking forward to future installments of this series. I really loved the cat photos and poem. You can never go wrong.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I love the way you can rhyme words

      No matter the subject,

      Traveling or beautiful tropical birds

      Poems from the porch

      Is a clever idea

      And we love each one, of course.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad you are enjoying these poems, Linda. Haha you could be right about Grandma’s changing menagerie perhaps being the result of Puddy Pud, But he’s not admitting to anything. I think I will publish each part of the series on whichever day I finish as some poems will be more difficult then others and need to wait for my muse’s advice. I am sure it will occasionally be on a Friday though.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi MizB. The “forgetful” poem may be humorous but believe me it is true. We have to be able to laugh at ourselves don’t we? Do you know how hard it is to take a decent photo of a black cat? I guess I will just publish this series randomly on which ever day I finish it then. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well, Shauna, you now know the truth about what happens to odd socks, so stop blaming your dryer lol. Thanks for enjoying the series.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow! Marie, what a compliment “The Robert Frost of Australia.” I will take the road less traveled then. Glad you enjoyed these. Thank you.

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      Linda Lum 

      21 months ago from Washington State, USA

      John, these are absolutely delightful. I thought perhaps the budgie, goldfish, and chickens had a brief existence because of puddy pud. Grandma might have had a menagerie, but Grandpa had the best companion of all.

      I'm glad you've decided to make this into a real series. I look forward to the next installment. What about Fridays, something to carry us into the weekend with a smile?

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      21 months ago from Beautiful South

      These are so funny, John, and so typical of most of our days, the memory poem when we get older, and Puddy Pat for us cat lovers. Love your picture of Chairman Meow. He looks like my Tas Too, but then all black cats look alike. We had a gray striped cat years ago that the kids named Tom Pud. Keep 'em coming. I like the idea of having something to look forward to on Tuesdays and either Thursdays or Fridays.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      21 months ago from Central Florida

      John, this is such a fun series. Your mind so cleverly responds to the prompts.I enjoyed each and every one of these!

      I especially like the fairy sleeping bags. I thought for sure the dryer eats socks. Now I know the truth!

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      Marie Flint 

      21 months ago from Jacksonville, FL USA

      John, I hereby declare you to be the Robert Frost of Australia!

      I enjoyed each of these. Good job!

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It is good this series inspired you to move a chair and desk outside, Eric. I am having so much fun with this already. We don’t have one blade of green grass here at the moment..what we have is brown and crackles under foot. I can’t remember when we last had rain but some is expected this coming week...touch wood. I’ll believe it when I see it though.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      I wonder what the "others" are doing for fun today. I am happy hanging out here to play.

      I moved a decent chair and cleaned up a desk for outside due to this series. Just getting cool enough though we await the Santa Anna's soon. Let us hope we avoid the dreaded Wild fires you are suffering.

      My prayers for your homeland.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Bill, I guess it is a bit like that. Glad you like the idea and the poems. Thanks.

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      Bill Holland 

      21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This is like an improv act for poets. The fact that I can't write poetry makes me admire these poems that much more....rapid fire creativity...I love it!

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad you enjoyed the poems, Pamela. What an amazing coincidence with the cat’s name “Puddy Pud.” I had never heard that name before and don’t know where the idea came from.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      21 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I really enjoyed all of your poems John. I especially liked Grampa and Puddy Pud, and that is a cat's name I heard my recently deceased mother use. Life is full of surprises.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Lorna. I am glad I captured some aspects of the country/bush that you hold dear and rekindled memories of your time here. So happy that you enjoyed your requested poem and the others. Thank you.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      21 months ago

      You brought back memories of my own time living in Australia. What a lovely poem John full of everything I hold dear about this wonderful part of the world. I also enjoyed the other poems and I think this will be a very personal collection for all. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hank you very much for the kind comment, Abitha. I look forward to seeing you visit next week.

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Rinita, knowing you love this series makes me happy. I was surprised and pleased to get so many requests. Thank you for your kind comment regarding all the poems, and for your suggestion not to set a regular day. You do make a good point that it should come randomly like poetry. Much appreciated.

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      Abitha 

      21 months ago from Chennai, Tamilnadu

      John,

      Great idea and very engaging poems! I will be back for more next week! Cheers

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      John Hansen 

      21 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Artchelle, it is great to see a new name n my comments. I am glad the forgetfulness poem made you laugh. You certainly can make a request and I will add it to my list of poems to write. Thank you.

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      Rinita Sen 

      21 months ago

      I love this series! The best ever. Glad to see it has taken off so beautifully. Wonderful rhythm and choice of words in the first poem, vivid imagery. The lost and found poem was hilarious, great thinking! Your cat poems are always adorable as they come from the depths of your heart and this one was no exception.

      With all due respect to all the other series on HP, because this one is on poetry, I feel it should not have a specific day of the week. It's better if it comes randomly, like poetry itself does, but if you wish to fix a day, that should be great, too.

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      Artchelle Arcillas 

      21 months ago from Philippines

      The poem about forgetfulness made me laugh and smile! Can I also make a request? Can you write a poem about a dreamer close to achieving her dream but still facing huge trials along the journey.

      Many thanks! Looking forward to read more of your writing!

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