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Poems From the Porch 25

Updated on March 18, 2020
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John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

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A Quarter Century and Counting

Welcome to the porch! If you are a regular visitor then you know the drum - find a seat, maybe a cup of tea or coffee, and get comfortable as we read a collection of poems requested by our friends. If you are new then you are also most welcome to join us.

Can you believe this is the 25th anthology in the series? That's more than 100 poems I have written from requests by you, my colleagues and readers here at HubPages. Maybe, one day, I'll compile them into a book. There's already more than enough.

I apologise for this edition being a little late. it's almost two weeks since I published the last one, but there has been a lot happening. The Coronavirus (Covid-19) is the major headline around the world and preparing for that in even a small way has a bit of a ripple effect on everything else including my writing. Anyway, you can't keep a "good" poet down so better late than never. I hope you enjoy these poems.

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Pamela Oglesby

"I thought maybe you could write about being a senior citizen and maybe doctors as I seem to spend way too much time in their offices."


I was tossing ideas around in my brain for this poem, and then the coronavirus happened. That changed the focus slightly. I hope you still enjoy this, Pamela.

But however secure and well-regulated civilized life may become, bacteria, Protozoa, viruses, infected fleas, lice, ticks, mosquitoes, and bedbugs will always lurk in the shadows ready to pounce when neglect, poverty, famine, or war lets down the defences.

— Hans Zinsser
Vaccine: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay
Vaccine: Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay | Source

Coronavirus (Covid-19) ~ the Poem

"Doctor, Doctor,

I'm a mess.

the Coronavirus

makes me stress.


I'm over sixty

and that's high risk,

but I stay fit,

my walks are brisk.


Hopefully, Doc,

we'll all be spared.

Stock up on food

to be prepared.


Should I panic

and stay at home,

only communicate

via phone?"


"Keep your distance,

wash your hands,

avoid big crowds,

and other lands.


If you've symptoms

take a test,

then stay at home

and get some rest.


Don't stress things

you can't control,

just try your best

to do as told.


If there's one positive

amid this plight,

it's united countries

in the fight.


The world now has

a common purpose.

To find a way

to beat this virus."


Gypsy Rose Lee

"I have finally been successful in getting a California company interested in giving me writing jobs. Suddenly I wonder if California might be in my future. Could you please write a poem about the dream of going to California etc?"


Congratulations on landing writing jobs with a company in California, Rasma. It's well deserved. I know you are a romantic so I hope you like this poem/song.

Why don't you go on west to California? There's work there, and it never gets cold. Why, you can read out anywhere and pick an orange. Why, there's always some kind of crop to work in. Why don't you go there?

— John Steinbeck
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco
Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco | Source

California Dreaming

All the leaves are green, and the sky is blue.

I've been traveling awhile, hand in hand with you.

We've been to Los Angeles, San Francisco too.

~California dreaming~ where I want to be with you,.


Stopped at a little church, down in Sacramento,

Found myself a priest, gave him a deed to do.

He agreed to my request, and married me to you.

~California dreaming~ where I want to be with you.


All the leaves are green, and the sky is blue,

I've been traveling awhile, hand in hand with you.

We've been to Los Angeles, San Diego too.

~California dreaming~ where I want to be with you,

Rosina S Khan

"There are issues from my past that still haunt me today such as changing universities as a student and quitting my job of many years. Circumstances arose which caused me to make those choices. I would, therefore, request you to write a poem, 'Making Peace With My Past'".

Thank you for another request Rosina. It is always a pleasure to write a poem for you. I hope this is along the lines of what you wanted.

To get over the past, you first have to accept that the past is over. No matter how many times you revisit it, analyse it, regret it, or sweat it...it's over. It can't hurt you no more.

— Mandy Hale
The Past: Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay
The Past: Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay | Source

Making Peace With the Past

Our past is what defines us,

but confine us it does not.

The lessons that we learn in life

shape the person we become.


Stuff happens to disrupt our plans,

throw a spanner in the works.

Don't let that curve ball fool you,

hit it clean out of the park.


Sometimes there's things we'd like to change,

or wish had not occurred.

The disappointments or what-ifs

won't let us move ahead.


We need to make peace with our past,

don't let it cloud our thoughts.

we can't turn back the hands of time,

so the only way is forward.


Let's concentrate on today,

use the knowledge that we've gained

to succeed at everything we do,

And make our futures bright.

Peggy Woods

"Spring cleaning might be a good topic."

Yes, Peggy. Spring cleaning is a great topic.

If you want to get rid of stuff, you can always do a good spring-cleaning. Or you can do what I do. Move.

— Ellen DeGeneres
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Spring Cleaning ~ Pack It All Away

Pack all your cares away,

Your winter clothes away,

Your mistletoe away,

Your Christmas songs away.


Pack your fire-wood away,

Your old ice-skates away,

Your skis and ploughs away,

Your plastic flowers away.


Pack your sad thoughts away,

Your soups and stews away,

Your woolly socks away,

We're cleaning up today.


Spring cleaning house today-ay-ay.

Keep Smiling and Writing

Well, that's it for another edition. These are challenging times but there isn't much we can do other than to heed the health warnings and try to keep ourselves and family safe. Stay positive and keep writing and smiling until next time we meet. Oh, and if you have a poetry request just ask in the comments or send me an email.

In the next anthology you can look forward to poems requested by:

Bill Holland

Shauna Bowling

Peggy Woods

Dora Weithers


© 2020 John Hansen

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Flourish, I haven't been affected too much by the current restrictions other than be able to go to a café, restaurant or pub once a week for a meal out.

      That, said it will be good to get back to being free of restrictions. You and your cats just hang in there, ok.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      I especially liked the Coronavirus poem! I hate the thought of up to two more years of this stuff. I just want my old life back. The cats and I are chilling as best we can though.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Nithya. Glad you enjoyed these poems. Stay well.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      15 months ago from Dubai

      I enjoyed reading all your poems. California Dreaming is a sweet poem, loved it.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Liz. I really wanted to write uplifting poetry at this stressful time for everyone. i am glad you found these poems enjoyable. Stay safe.

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      Liz Westwood 

      15 months ago from UK

      Same here, John. I had the naieve thought that being on lockdown would allow more time for writing. Not so, it involves a lot more time on the phone keeping in touch with others. This collection was worth the wait. You have covered a wide variety of topics in your own positive style. Guaranteed to raise the spirits. Stay well.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jason. I always loved the song California Dreamin' as well, so it was perfect to use as an inspiration for Gypsy's poem. Gotta love Tommy Chong's words too. Cheers.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      15 months ago from AZ

      Great set of poems once again John. I loved then all but my favorite was California Dreaming. I totally love that song, and your poem was totally Coolsville. In the words of Tommy Chong "Far Out Man!"

      Also, I loved the video. Super.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for stopping by to read these poems, Alicia. Yes, it seems the coronavirus is the hot topic for everyone at the moment so I ha to write one about that. Thanks for the congratulations too.

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      Linda Crampton 

      15 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your first poem contains some good advice, John. The alternation of quotes and poems in the article is very effective. Congratulations on writing over 100 poems in the series!

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you MsDora. Yes, the first poem is very relevant but there is so much saturating the media about the virus at the moment I think people are in overload. Thank you for enjoying my poetry and continuing to follow the series.

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      Dora Weithers 

      15 months ago from The Caribbean

      The first poem is so relevant. I think it needs its own URL to get you more reads. All enjoyable--the romantic, the reflective, the motivational. Looking forward to the next batch.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      i am happy you are pleased with California Dreaming, Gypsy. Yes, too many people are panicking about the virus. Hopefully if we are just sensible and try not to go out in public more than necessary we should be ok. I see California is actually on lockdown.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      15 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      I am so delighted with California Dreaming, thank you very much. I loved all the rest too and the one about this virus is most creative. I say don't stress it, don't test it, remain calm and you/ll live another day. I hope all is well in your world and stay safe.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Always good to see you Paula. If I can make my readers smile I have done a good job, especially at the present time. I'll do my best to stay home and safe..same to you.

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      Suzie 

      15 months ago from Carson City

      Jodah....Love every one of these, my favorite, "Making Peace With the Past." You are something else, my Aussie friend. Always making us smile. You & loved ones stay home, stay safe! Cheers, Paula

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Lora. It doesn't matter what challenges the world or life throws at us we just have to try to stay positive, control the things we can, and not stress about anything we can't. usually it all works out in the end. Thank you for your great comment.

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      Lora Hollings 

      15 months ago

      Wonderful poems, John! We all need to stay positive in these times and remember all the good things that we can enjoy. My favorite is, "Making Peace With the Past." It can be a real stumbling block but as you say in your poem, learn from the past but move on and do what you want to do now. We are fortunate that we still have time. Thanks for your uplifting poems and reminding us to focus on the good!

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Lol Brenda, good luck with that. Oh for the fresh air and sunshine.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      15 months ago from Washington Court House

      Nope, spring cleaning here.

      I can't wait. I want outside.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Shauna, yes the coronavirus news does get a bit much doesn't it? My family are all ok. My wife is away staying with my son to help babysit while the daughter in law recovers from an operation. Hopefully there will be no lockdowns so she doesn't get stranded there. Yes, we wish Rasma the best though she hasn't read this yet.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      It's nice to read something other than coronvirus updates, John. Thanks for bringing joy to the day.

      I think my favorite is your response to Rasma's request. Congratulations, Rasma! What kind of writing will you be doing?

      I hope you and your family are well, John. Keep on keepin' on!

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Cheers Chris, I thought it a very appropriate one too.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Peg, you mean there is 'fall cleaning"? Damn, I better get to it then. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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      Chris Mills 

      15 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      I also liked the fact that you included a quote from Steinbech's, "Grapes of Wrath". That was a powerful introduction to this poem. Great work.

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      As a child, I remember the all-out effort that went into spring cleaning up in Wisconsin. Nothing was left untouched! Everything was sparkling clean at the end of the day. Then there was the fall cleaning...

      I always enjoy your poems about wide-ranging subjects.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the knighthood, Chris. I am honoured that you enjoyed my piece for Rasma, “California Dreaming.” I hope she likes it too.

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      Chris Mills 

      15 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      Sir John, Yes, I've knighted you. In this series of poems, you have distinguished yourself in the piece for our friend, Miss Rasma called, Gypsy Rose Lee. You named your poem, California Dreaming. I loved it. The piece is so simple with two stanzas repeated and another in the middle. Beautiful piece.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Brenda. It is hard to like anything about the coronavirus so I appreciate you liking that poem. Yes, let’s wish everything works out for Gypsy and her dreams of California.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      15 months ago from Washington Court House

      Nice one John.

      I loved the one on Coronavirus. It was cute.

      Congrats to Gypsy! Have fun if California is your future.

      The poem for her is wonderful too.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Linda, I must admit there is always good variety among the poems that I publish in these anthologies. That is all thanks to the diverse topics offered by my wonderful readers. Thank you, and you stay safe also.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bushra, thank you for reading and commenting. I am happy you found these poems uplifting.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the insightful comment as always manatita. Yes, my home needs a good clean too, but it’s Autumn here so no rush lol. I am sure Pamela will be fine, Ruby too.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Ruby, I’m so glad that you could relate to those poems and that you find my poetry “hopeful.” I too had a bit of a runny nose and slight cough, but no fever or anything else and it didn’t last long so I think it was just due to the change in the weather. Please stay safe.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Pamela. I am so glad you liked the poem I wrote for you as well as the others. It’s always fun to read what people will ask for next. I am never bored and constantly challenged. Thank you.

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      Linda Lum 

      15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Oh John these were wonderful (but your poems always are). Some serious and some playful. A great balance. Stay safe my friend

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      Anya Ali 

      15 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      Uplifting read. Thank you!

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      manatita44 

      15 months ago from london

      Well, if the last poem gel with me the most, it is because I really need help with a decent spring-clean in the home.

      I'm glad that you touched on the stress thing. Guruji used to say 'never worry about things you cannot change', but so many of us are still so human. Pamela is a sweet, charming lady. Take good care Pamela. Do your best and rest when necessary. Keep praying hard.

      The past is another heavy one which we tend to hold on too. Guruji would say the past is dust. It sits on our shoulders like 'dead elephants.' Lovely write as always.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Another great group of poetry. I especially could relate to " Making Peace With The Past " and " Spring Cleaning " I loved Ellen's quote. lol... I hope this series continues. We need hopeful poetry to get us through this rough time. I woke up this morning with a runny nose, no fever, so I should be C virus free.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Lorna, I am glad you got to enjoy reading this collection with your first cuppa of the day. It would be a big job sorting them into a book but a possibility.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see you Rinita. Thank you for visiting the porch for the 25th edition and glad you enjoyed the California Dreaming poem and that it brought back memories of San Francisco. Yes, I hope Rasma does get to relocate there and loves it.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      15 months ago

      I'm in my clinic at the moment John and this is my first cuppa of the day, to be enjoyed whilst reading your wonderful collection. Quite an achievement 100 poems - many congrats. I love Rosina's poem and one we can all relate to, however, they are all very different yet equally enjoyable. I can definitely see all of them in a book, they are so good. Must dash - until next time. Stay safe.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      15 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Congratulations on writing over 100 poems! Thank you for the good poem on my topic. I really liked it. I also thought the other poems were good. I liked the California dreaming. Very clever! This was another good group of poems from the porch.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Bill. I too am surprised I have written that many poems in this series. Having others request poems makes me write more than i otherwise would.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Verlie. I thought California Dreamin was a perfect fit for Rasma’s poem. Then I thought why not use a song for Peggy’s poem as well. Thanks for continuing to support this series.

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      Rinita Sen 

      15 months ago

      I'm glad you are still doing this series in the midst of all the chaos. And I'm doubly glad I made it to the 25th edition, even though I missed a few of the last ones.

      About the poems, well, your brilliance has shone in all of them, but I like the California one the best. I lived in San Francisco for some time and it's easily one of my favorite places. I hope Rasma has a great time living there.

      Stay safe and keep writing.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Glad to see this series continue, John! Over 100 poems upon request is the sort of feat that should be on the news. Well done!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      15 months ago from Canada

      Hi John, I like how you use song and song lyrics to set the pace and mood in 'California Dreaming' and 'Spring Cleaning'. You capture well the sense of panic, and fear in 'Coronavirus'. Congratulations on reaching 25 in your From the Porch series!

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Rosina, it is always my pleasure to write a poem you request. I am so glad that you find it pleasing. Thank you for your support of this series.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      15 months ago

      Congratulations, for this being the 25th anthology in the series. I loved all the poems as usual and my requested poem, "Making Peace With the Past" is extra special for me. Naturally, I concentrated on it the most and my fave lines are the following:

      "We need to make peace with our past,

      don't let it cloud our thoughts.

      we can't turn back the hands of time,

      so the only way is forward."

      Thank you so much, John.

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