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Poems From the Porch 26

Updated on March 29, 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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Writers Stand Together

To all my fellow writers, welcome to the porch once again. The best part about this online community is that we can get together to support each other without being in close proximity or breaking any social distancing rules.

The curfews and lockdowns in most places means many of us are stuck at home, and though that is quite normal for me, we should have more time that we can utilize to write. Most of the community has probably seen and heard enough about the coronavirus for now but while views are still good people will continue to write about it. I think it would be better if writers found other topics to amuse and uplift readers' spirits to take their minds off this pandemic for even just a short time.

I call on you, my peers, to stand with me and agree to do that. Let's write our butts off, but about anything and everything other than Covid-19.

This collection of our poems includes the following subjects:

  • chocolate
  • bubble gum
  • skipping stones
  • The Caribbean

* My list of requests/prompts for new poems is getting very low. In order for me to keep writing poem from my porch I urgently need suggestions. Currently I only have two suggestions for next week.

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Bill Holland

"Take a shot at "chocolate" when you get the chance."


Sure thing Bill. Chocolate is one of my favourite foods/sweets so I didn't mind writing a poem on this topic at all. I hope you enjoy "I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate World."

All I really need is love, but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt.

— Charles Schulz
Chocolate WorldImage by 024-657-834 from Pixabay:
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I'm Dreaming of a Chocolate World

I dreamed I was living in a chocolate land

With hot chocolate seas and cocoa for sand.


Where mountains of chocolate fudge reached to the sky.

There was all kinds of chocolate to please tongue and eye.


White chocolate mousse clouds floated by on the breeze,

And caramel birds sang in candy cane trees.


I meandered along a rocky road lane

In the hope I could find my way home again.


I came to an Inn with a milk chocolate sign,

“Welcome to The Chocolate Bar, Please Wine and Dine.”


I ordered a chocolate daiquiri and milk,

That tasted delicious and slipped down like silk.


For my meal I chose a chocolate mud cake,

It was my indulgence for decadence’ sake.


But, then I woke up back home in my bed,

I rubbed the sleep from my eyes and lifted my head.


Had I simply dreamed of a chocolate world,

Of Mars Bars and Kit Kats and Cadbury Twirls?


Sometimes I just wish all my dreams would come true,

Especially the ones full of chocolate fondue.

Chocolate Mud Cake and Strawberries
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Shauna L. Bowling

"Let's lighten things up a bit, shall we? How 'bout writing a poem about bubble gum? It could be about the pink stuff we chewed as kids or the music teeny bopper girls listened to back in the day. (Have you heard the term "bubble gum music"?)"


Shauna, bubble gum is something I never really indulged in. I think I had one stick of gum in my whole life. Yes, I have heard of bubble gum music that was popular with teeny bopper girls though. The poem is short but "sweet." Please excuse the pun.

My songs aren't bubble gum pop dance songs and I don't have background dancers on every single song.

— ~ Avril Lavigne
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Bumblebee and Grumblebum

Bumblebee and grumblebum

I chewed a stick of bubble gum.

I munched it ‘til it was quite thin,

Then formed my mouth into a grin.


I blew a bubble big and round,

Bigger than my head, I found.

Suddenly, it just went “POP!”

My face was caked in sticky pink slop.

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Peggy Woods

"When reading the stepping stones poem, it reminded me of skipping stones across a lake to see how far they would go. My dad was an expert at that! Perhaps you could do a poem about skipping stones?"


Peggy, I wrote another poem recently called The River Knows along the same theme as this one, but skipping stones is a good subject so I enjoyed writing this one as well. I hope you like it.

I remember when rock was young

Me and Suzie had so much fun

Holding hands and skimming stones

— Elton John ~ Crocodile Rock

Skipping Stones

We walk down by the river,

Your hand entwined in mine.

Our hearts in sync a year ago,

No longer beat in time.


The loving smiles have faded,

There is dampness in your eyes.

I’m struggling for the words to say

That won’t just sound like lies.


I cast my gaze upon the ground

And peruse the scattered stones,

Like a paleontologist and his team

In search of ancient bones.


I take some pebbles in my hand

To find some flat and smooth,

Choose a few that suit my cause,

The rest I quickly lose.


I swing my arm and cast a stone

That skims across the stream.

It skips four times and then it sinks

Just like my true love dreams.


If one stone, though, should make its way

To the river’s farther side,

I’ll take it as a higher sign

That our love won’t be denied.


Three stones I throw with all my skill,

None make the other bank.

They skip, skip, skip but then submerge,

No God of Love to thank.


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With one last try, my hopes forlorn,

I fling the final stone.

I watch it skip, with heavy heart.

I expect to leave alone.


But as it skims across the stream

This small stone doesn’t stop.

It skips right to the other side

And in the bank it plops.


I clasp your hand between my own

And raise it to my lips,

“Let’s give our love another try,

Like the last stone that I skipped.”


With tear filled eyes you look at mine,

Your mouth, trembling, forms a smile,

“I’m glad that stone made it across

For I am with your child!”

Dora Weithers

"Would welcome a poem with a Caribbean theme."

I was looking forward to writing this MsDora, but it was a bit more difficult than I thought. My never having visited the Caribbean was what presented the greatest problem but I read your articles and listened to a bit of reggae and calypso music and came up with the following poem. I hope I captured some of the essence of the islands.

It always amuses me that the biggest praise for my work comes for the imagination, while the truth is that there's not a single line in all my work that does not have a basis in reality. The problem is that Caribbean reality resembles the wildest imagination.

— Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Caribbean Beach Sunset: Image by Andreas S from Pixabay
Caribbean Beach Sunset: Image by Andreas S from Pixabay | Source

The Call of the Caribbean

There’s a place where the skies are blue

And the waves lap gently at the sailing ship,

Where each day dances to a reggae beat.

A Caribbean holiday’s sure worth the trip.


So, pack your bags and be on your way,

Don’t plan to return for many a day.

The food’s addictive and the people too,

You’ll never be short of fun things to do.


If the food doesn’t trap you the lifestyle will,

Some went to visit and they live there still.

It’s a Caribbean carnival every night,

And every day the tropical Sun shines bright.


There are many islands on an azure sea,

With white sand beaches and the coconut tree.

Vibrant colours everywhere abound,

And song and laughter are the island sounds.


There’s a place where the skies are blue

And the waves lap gently at the sailing ship,

Where each day dances to a reggae beat.

A Caribbean holiday’s sure worth the trip.

Which of these poems did you enjoy most?

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© 2020 John Hansen

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading, Lawrence. Yes, the chocolate world would be hard to resist. I appreciate the kind words, and yes your suggestion is a good one. It is now on the list.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      14 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John

      I went for Chocolate world, but it only just won out against the others, they were all thoroughly enjoyable.

      Here's one for a poem, what are youmost looking forward to after the lockdown lifts?

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      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha thank you Gypsy (Rasma) enjoy those chocolate dreams.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      14 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      All of these poems were absolutely wonderful. Each has something special and now I shall begin dreaming about chocolate.

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      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Li-Jen, Charlie and the Chocolate Factor or Willy Wonka inspired the chocolate poem to some extent. I’m glad you were surprised by the ending of “Skipping Stones” too. Thanks for reading.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      14 months ago

      Hi Jodah, I hope I came just in time to suggest you another poem to create! Have a poem with the theme laughter is the best medicine and talk about seeing the bright side of things or funny scenarios and make it as though you are giddy and high from taking medicine because it makes you laugh. Write humorously of course. Or write in any way that makes you feel comfortable. Your chocolate poem reminds me of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! Nice to see cute and random topics like bubble gum. I did not expect the twist at the end of the skipping stones poem where the lover was pregnant. Thanks for sharing!

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      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Nithya, thank you for following this series of poems. I am happy that you enjoyed this collection. Certainly, my pleasure, “being fearless” has been added to my list of topics.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      14 months ago from Dubai

      I would love a poem on being fearless, John.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      14 months ago from Dubai

      I enjoyed reading your poems especially The Call of the Caribbean and Skipping Stones. Bumblebee and Grumblebum was fun to read and I loved the poem about chocolates. All great poems double thumbs up.

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      John Hansen 

      14 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad you enjoyed the chocolate poem, Brenda. Fortunately I have’t had to change my routine a lot other than wearing gloves and sanitising hands, and packing own bags etc at the supermarket. Hopefully you get used to the isolation again soon.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      14 months ago from Washington Court House

      John,

      You are right. Reading something other than Covid-19 was a great relief.

      The one about chocolate was my favorite.

      I used stay home all the time like you, until I moved. I guess I have just not gotten used to it here yet, but God has a sense of humor...so I have no choice now with this stay at home order.

      Keep writing. We all enjoy reading your work.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Rinita I appreciate that wonderful comment, and am especially pleased you enjoyed “Skipping Stones.” It is a pity you were unable to read “I’m Dreaming of a Chocolate World.” Countryside Living sounds like a great topic to write on. It is certainly added to the list.

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      Rinita Sen 

      15 months ago

      Hi, John. I must say I really welcome your idea about writing about topics other than covid. I admit I skip any title these days that has covid in it.

      To the poems, then. Well, I had to skip the chocolate one because I love chocolate but am not allowed to have any and I thought your beautifully written poem (I knew it would be beautiful even without reading it) may cause me some temptation.

      The bubblegum poem was sweet, just as kids would love.

      I have never visited the Caribbean either but your poem sounded like the description must be apt.

      Lastly, Skipping Stones. How do I even begin to say how much I loved this? The poem is complete with drama, agony, hope, and of course, passion. This is the kind of poem that makes you, well, you.

      Now, as you are short of topics for now, maybe I will suggest an idea. How about countryside living? You could include the landscape, the simplicity of life, the down-to-earth people, and some of their struggles. Of course, you are the poet so you'll know what goes best with the topic when the words begin to flow.

      Take care, John.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the suggestion Lorna. I will do my best.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      15 months ago

      Hi John, If you need any more suggestions for poems could you please write a poem about overgrown ivy on an old wall in the style of Seamus Heaney. Many thanks.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      MsDora, you made my day. I was worried that I wouldn’t do the Caribbean justice, so I am very relieved. It would be great if you can share the link to the poem on that Facebook site. Glad you enjoyed the other poems too. Blessings.

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      Dora Weithers 

      15 months ago from The Caribbean

      John, I've read the Caribbean poem a few times since you first published it. Hard to believe you haven't lived here. You get a standing ovation especially for the third verse. I will try to put a link on a Caribbean Facebook site. Thanks from all Caribbean people.

      Of course, the entire batch of poems is impressive!

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for a great comment Peggy, I had to give the skipping stones poem a happy ending for you. Glad you enjoyed the others too. No, I haven’t done a poem about swans so that is added to my list. Backyard visitors is another possibility as well. Stay safe and well.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you as always Devika.

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      Peggy Woods 

      15 months ago from Houston, Texas

      These were all great ones and such a sweet escape from the current news. I am pleased that there was a happy ending with the skipping stones piece. I also loved the ones about chocolate, bubble gum, and the Caribbean. Thanks for writing these uplifting poems.

      Have you done a poem about swans? They are such beautiful birds. The birds that are the usual visitors to our backyard birdbath (another topic, perhaps) are bluejays, doves, robins, cardinals, mockingbirds, and sparrows. I once saw a woodpecker there. Squirrels hop up and also take a drink. It is a place of much activity!

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      Devika Primić 

      15 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Interesting and insightful thank you

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes manatita. Harry Belafonte was the first Calypso music I can recall hearing and the beat and and spirit of it was uplifting. Thank you for your support of my poetry.

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      manatita44 

      15 months ago from london

      I knew I recognised some of the words. Harry Belafonte and the Mighty Sparrow (Still alive, I believe), contributed to Caribbean folk and calypso as Shakepeare did to Sonnets. Belafonte was actually born in N.Y.

      Great selections and they are fine. Lighter and simpler but we need that right now. Peace.

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      Ann Carr 

      15 months ago from SW England

      Yes, the cute name fits well!

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Tiyasha, yes I remembered Jamaica Farewell from my childhood so I needed to share it. I am glad you enjoyed these poems and especially that the chocolate one reminded you of Hansel and Gretel, though there is no evil witch in this case. You stay safe also.

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      Tiyasha Maitra 

      15 months ago from Gurgaon

      Such a pleasing set. I have a lot of fond memories of Belafonte's songs especially this one. The chocolate poem is delicious, took me back to the Hansel and Gretel story and the witch's house made of sugar and spice. Thanks for sharing. Hope you are doing well. Stay safe.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Kyler. The first beautiful girl/handsome man lol. Hmm, that will be a challenge..so long ago. Let’s see.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      15 months ago from California

      I recently went through a dark phase with my poetry and writing, once again, and these were a welcome read.

      Perhaps on the next go around, you could write one about the first beautiful girl/handsome man/both that ever caught your interest and all the emotions and sensations that came along with that profound experience.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ok Shauna. Thank you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      John, you haven't been notified because I posted it shortly before I commented on this post. It's still in the HP process of being accepted and featured.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I am glad this was a little escapism from the virus for awhile, Ruby. Fancy you seeing Kenny Rogers ‘live’ before he became a headline act. A support act for Phyllis Diller no less. Sure, I can do a poem in tribute to him. Blessings.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      As usual,Shauna, I’ii sound like a broken record thanking you for your kind comment .. but i do appreciate it. Good to see you are with me in avoiding writing anything about the coronavirus. I’ll have to check that gardening article you mention. I can’t recall receiving a notification that you wrote something but I get so many emails it is possible I missed it. Okay, how pets see humans it is. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, puggle. Cute name isn’t it? Thanks Ann.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Pamela. Thanks for the positive comment and glad these poems brought back childhood memories. Okay, I’ll write a poem on Easter for you.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Sorry the vote is so difficult, Liz. I added a poll to see if it would help lift the score of this hub as the series is rock bottom as far as hub scores are concerned..59 and low 60s most. I just can’t work out why. Maybe, it’s due to the capsules headed with people’s names? Sounds like your grandson loves chocolate, but then who doesn’t haha? I agree with you about being on a Caribbean beach right now. Take care.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Fam, thank you for reading and loving this collection of poems. Wouldn’t it be great to go to a chocolate world right now and escape all this madness? I think you are optimistic hoping everything will be back to normal by April but I hope you are right.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Lorna, I have never been to the Caribbean so I hope i did it proud. I’d love to go there too.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well, Linda, imagine lazing on a sunny Caribbean beach right now eating chocolate to your heart’s content. Ok, a poem about a mischievous kitty it is. Thanks.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      15 months ago from Southern Illinois

      This was like a breath of fresh air. I am so very tired of listening to the sad news about the C virus, although my heart goes out to the people who are sick or have loved ones who have died. I loved all your poems, esp. the Skipping Stones. how about doing one about Kenny Roger's death. He was so special. I saw him in person in Vegas in the 70s he was with a group who called themselves The Third Editions. They were playing in a small room. Phillis Diller had the main stage. I knew he had something special. Thanks

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      15 months ago from Central Florida

      John, I'm with you. No more coronavirus articles. We're more creative than that. Leave that subject to the politicians and news reporters.

      I did my part before even reading this article. I posted an article about gardening, not illness, death, or doom and gloom.

      I love, love, love this edition of The Porch. However, I couldn't vote in your poll because I have two favorites: Bill's chocolate, which had me laughing and Peggy's skipping stones, which touched my heart and made me smile at the end. I love what you came up with for bubble gum as well.

      So, you need more fuel. Let's see.... how about coming up with something about how cats view humans? With so many people being forced to work from home, domestic pets are either in heaven or feel their space has been invaded. I'm sure you can come up with something humorous.

      John, I know I sound like a broken record, but you are my favorite poet. I love your flow, rhyme, and humor.

      Stay well, my friend!

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      Ann Carr 

      15 months ago from SW England

      BTW, it's Puggle, not Poggle! Sorry!

      Ann

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      15 months ago from Sunny Florida

      John, picking a favorite is just about impossible as each poem is good for its own reasons. Some of the poems brought back childhood memories. I like today's topics.

      As for next week, Easter is near and a variety of topics come to mind, from the spiritual value to the Easter bunny.

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      Liz Westwood 

      15 months ago from UK

      I struggled with the vote, as I liked all the poems. My grandson's favourite would be chocolate! Thanks for a little bit of escapism to brighten up our days. Oh to be on a beach in the Caribbean without a care in the world, instead of listening to the wind on a bleak cold day in the UK with a world in the grip of COVID-19.

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      Fam 

      15 months ago

      Hi Hensen, I really loved all your beautiful collection of poems.

      I really enjoyed the Dreaming of the Chocolate World. In the fantasy world of chocolate and sweetness around, it really takes me away from the panic.

      I'm sure by the April, the things will be good and back to normal.

      Stay safe and healthy.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      15 months ago

      Hi John, I enjoyed reading this wonderful and varied collection. However, you have painted such an enticing picture of the Caribbean that it would have to be my favourite. Another great addition to the series. Take care.

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      Linda Lum 

      15 months ago from Washington State, USA

      John, I couldn't pick a favorite; I like them all (but I might be dreaming of chocolate tonight). I've never been to the Caribbean, but I feel as though you took us there.

      In the weeks to come what about a poem about a mischievous cat. I have a kitty who is adorable (lucky for him) but is as naughty as can be. For Christmas last year I gave him a lifetime achievement award. He has created more mayhem in his 6 short years than most cats twice his age.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Bill, I'm right with you in Chocolate Land haha. Ok one 69 Camaro coming up.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I am so glad you enjoyed these poems Rosina, especially the "skipping stones" one and that it brought back pleasant memories of your dad.

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      Bill Holland 

      15 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Sign me up for a one-way ticket to Chocolate Land! lol Thanks for taking my request and soaring with it. Next request: my first car, a '69 Camaro!

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      Rosina S Khan 

      15 months ago

      As usual, I loved all the poems in this collection, maybe even more than others. My fave was stepping stones. My Dad was an expert at skimming stones across a pond or lake, and I watched him always in wonder do it. Unfortunately, he is no more in this world but the skipping stones poem brought me back many fond memories.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Ann. Echidna's may be spiny but they are very cute animals. I also enjoy crosswords, so I certainly will add those two requests to my list. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Flourish, same to you and your family. I guess coins are handled by so many her actions are understandable but seems crazy all the same.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha thanks Verlie. You covered it all. Glad you enjoyed.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      haha thank you Louise....mmm chocolate.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you JC, I appreciate your reading and commenting on these poems.

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      Ann Carr 

      15 months ago from SW England

      Love the chocolate one but then I love chocolate too!

      The others are brilliant too of course. Thanks for bringing some fun into this now oh-so-serious world.

      How about a poem about the gorgeous Australian echidna? I was so taken by this creature when I visited a year ago and felt privileged to see one. I also bought a poetry book and learnt that their young are called 'poggles'!

      Maybe another about crosswords! No idea why, just came into my head, though I do like to do them.

      Your series is going well and is always entertaining, John. Well done!

      Ann

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      FlourishAnyway 

      15 months ago from USA

      These were all nicely done, John. Wishing you health and safety through this pandemic. A lady dropped some coins in the grocery store yesterday and kept walking. I picked them up and called out to her and she yelled at me, “Keep it!” Cooties. It’s a crazy world.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      15 months ago from Canada

      Hi John, I'm dreaming of chocolate on a beach skipping stones in a bubble of bliss. Thank you porch poet.

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      John Hansen 

      15 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you u for the suggestion Clive. Cheers.

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      Louise Powles 

      15 months ago from Norfolk, England

      I enjoyed reading these poems. I often dream of a chocolate world. :)

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      JC Scull 

      15 months ago from Gainesville, Florida

      Very cool piece!! Very enjoyable.

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      Clive Williams 

      15 months ago from Jamaica

      A Nice Run...great for an Ebook

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