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Poems From the Porch 31

Updated on May 18, 2020
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John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically he just loves to write.

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It's a Beautiful Day

It is a beautiful day outside. Oh, it is overcast and very windy, but still beautiful in my book. It doesn't matter what is going on in the world, if we can wake up feeling healthy and refreshed and looking forward to what's ahead of us in the next 24 hours, then it's a great day.

So, welcome to the porch once again. I know it's been almost two weeks since the last collection but I have been trying to intersperse these with some poems/stories/articles of my own choosing as well. I hope you don't mind. Anyway, the kettle's on, so coffee and tea will be served soon. Pull up a chair, relax, and let's get on with this weeks poetry, shall we? It is quite an interesting and varied selection this week, or so I think anyway. I hope you do too. Oh, and I may have got carried away with the videos, but hey, we can all do with a little extra entertainment at the moment.

Rinita Sen (Senoritaa)

"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,"

Green Acres is the place to be,

Farm livin’ is the life for me.

Land spreadin’ out so far and wide,

Keep Manhattan, just give me the countryside.

— Eddie Albert..Green Acres theme song

Give Me the Countryside

How I love the countryside,

I adore the peace and quiet,

Waking up to sweet birdsong,

And counting stars at night.


No noise of constant traffic,

Or deadlines to attend.

Life moves slow at country pace,

It bucks the city trend.


There’s wildlife everywhere you look,

Poos right outside the door.

I listen for the jackass’ laugh,

And crows familiar “caw.”


The only shop’s the general store,

But, it’s 15 miles from here,

And once a month the Fire Shed meets

To train the volunteers.

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Outback Queensland, AustraliaFeeding time, Preston, Queensland
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Feeding time, Preston, Queensland
Feeding time, Preston, Queensland | Source


Life is a challenge in the bush

For amenities are few,

But people help each other out.

It’s just what “bushies” do.


One neighbour’s a mechanic,

Another has a mill.

You barter with what you can do,

You’ll soon realize your skills.


There may be no town water

So you need your own in store,

Water tanks to catch the rain,

Dig a dam or sink a bore.


So, if you want a tree change

There are benefits galore,

Nature, fresh air, friendships,

For those not easily bored.


But, if you enjoy the fast-paced life

Like clubs and food to go,

Then city life is more your style -

You’ll find country life too slow.

Greg Cain (Boxelderred)

"John - I'm not sure this is how this works, but I did see you were asking for suggestions on things to write about in your poem collection.

What say you try to put something together about airplanes and/or the advent of flight? I do think that could be fun."

The Advent of Flight (Condensed)

The first to fly were insects,

Then flying-fish and bats.

Pterosaurs once ruled the skies,

But now birds hold that status.


The Chinese first invented kites,

Then came hot-air balloons,

But many early plane designs

Were created by buffoons.


Da Vinci sketched machines of flight,

But none were ever built.

Imagine if these actually flew,

Then who should bear the guilt.


Man harbored deep desire to fly

And envied those with wings,

But, he tried to copy birds in flight.

That pipe-dream hindered things.


The solution was a fixed-wing craft,

Designed by Brothers Wright.

They never gave up on their dream

Until they got it right.

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Orville in flight over Huffman Prairie in Wright Flyer II. Flight #85, approximately 1,760 feet (536 m) in ​40   1⁄5 seconds, November 16, 1904.The 1900 glider. No photo was taken with a pilot aboard.By Mark P. Witton - Witton, M. P., & Naish, D. (2015). Azhdarchid pterosaurs: water-trawling pelican mimics or “terrestrial stalkers”?. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 60(3), 651-660., CC BY 2.0,
Orville in flight over Huffman Prairie in Wright Flyer II. Flight #85, approximately 1,760 feet (536 m) in ​40   1⁄5 seconds, November 16, 1904.
Orville in flight over Huffman Prairie in Wright Flyer II. Flight #85, approximately 1,760 feet (536 m) in ​40 1⁄5 seconds, November 16, 1904. | Source
The 1900 glider. No photo was taken with a pilot aboard.
The 1900 glider. No photo was taken with a pilot aboard. | Source
By Mark P. Witton - Witton, M. P., & Naish, D. (2015). Azhdarchid pterosaurs: water-trawling pelican mimics or “terrestrial stalkers”?. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 60(3), 651-660., CC BY 2.0,
By Mark P. Witton - Witton, M. P., & Naish, D. (2015). Azhdarchid pterosaurs: water-trawling pelican mimics or “terrestrial stalkers”?. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 60(3), 651-660., CC BY 2.0, | Source

Nithya Venkat

"I would love a poem on being fearless, John."


Nithya, in fact, I just recently wrote a poem on this subject (since I received your suggestion) It is called "What Waits Around the Corner?" Therefore, I will direct you to that poem if you don't mind. I see you haven't commented on it yet, so I hope it suffices to fill this request. Here is a video that is relevant as well.


Li-Jen Hew

"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."

Laughter's the Best Medicine

“Doctor, Doctor, have you seen

If there’s hope of a vaccine?

I think I’ve got the virus bad,

It makes me angry and quite sad.”


“Relax dear patient, don’t you stress,

I’ll just give you a simple test.

You say you’re angry and you’re sad,

I think it’s clear what’s made you mad.


You’ve caught the MORBID-19 bug,

It can’t be cured by any drug.

But I don’t want you to sit and mope,

There is a simple antidote.”


“I don’t know how I caught this thing,

I used to always joke and sing.

But now I’m in a morbid state,

Please cure me before it’s too late.”


“There’s only one sure cure I know,

My recommended way to go.

You need to smile instead of frown,

Not let the stresses get you down.”


“But Doc, that’s easier said than done,

This virus really is no fun.

I can’t go out, I’m stuck at home,

And I hate talking on the phone.”


“You once were obviously a clown

So, I understand why you feel down.

Surround yourself with funny memes,

As crazy as I know that seems.”


“Okay, I’ll follow your advice,

I’ll even watch some cat memes twice,

And even though it’s out of place

I’ll force a smile upon my face.”


“Believe me when I tell you true,

By doing that you will get through.

It doesn’t take a Thomas Edison

To realize laughter’s the best medicine.”

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© 2020 John Hansen

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you again, Nithya. I am so happy to hear that.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      13 months ago from Dubai

      Thank you for sharing the link to another wonderful poem. I followed the link and read your poem and it touched my heart.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Nithya. So glad you enjoyed these poems.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      13 months ago from Dubai

      Great poems, I enjoyed reading all of them. My personal favorite is - The Advent of flight.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Charlie. I am glad these poems brightened your day.

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      Charlie Halliday 

      13 months ago from Scotland

      Another fine collection John. They all brightened up my day.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Linda. Some requests are harder than others and really take some contemplating how I will tackle them, but I am usually happy with the outcome. Thank you for following the series.

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another interesting article, John. I'm impressed that you are always able to rise to the challenge that readers of "Poems From the Porch" provide.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello MsDora. The Green Acres theme is very catchy and I could still remember it to this day. I don’t know that my poem will do the same, but thank you for the kind comment.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Compliments always mean a lot coming from a fellow poet, Verlie. I am glad you enjoyed these and approve of the new thumbnail layout. I was experimenting a bit to change things up a little. If it works I’ll keep doing it.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Pamela, I appreciate you following this series and it always makes me feel good to know what I write is enjoyed.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It is never too late Greg. I am pleased that you enjoyed these poems, especially The Advent of Flight. I began thinking that was quite a daunting task, but it fell into place. Stay safe and happy.

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 months ago from The Caribbean

      I'd like to sing a few verses of "Give Me the Countryside." They're all good as usual. Excellent poetry no matter the topic.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      13 months ago from Canada

      John what can I say, your poems from the porch are awesome. I especially liked the advent of flight, and your country living ditty is spot on. I like your new layout with the thumbnail images, it really enhances the look of the page. Kudos Poet.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a unique group of poems that you wrote very well, as always. I really like the one about living in the coutry the best. However, the poem about flying and laughter were also very good. I so enjoy "Poems From the Porch".

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      greg cain 

      13 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      John - sorry I'm late to read on this, but I somehow missed it getting published. In any case, though, great collection here and I really appreciate the "Advent of Flight" poem. Condensed is good, and most especially considering you were able to cover everything from insects to Pterosaurs to kites, balloons and airplane-inventing wannabe buffoons. Orville and Wilbur finally pulled it off, as you say...and what a magnificent achievement! It is incredible when you think about how much aerospace technology evolved from their first flight in 1903 to a mere 66 years later when man was strutting his stuff on the moon. Crazy!

      Couldn't also agree more about smiling and laughing in the face of this extreme adversity. I think on many days, there is much that we should laugh at instead of steam over else one might pop his/her top.

      Thanks for the great work again this week, John. Be well and be safe.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Sankhajit. Thank you.

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      Sankhajit Bhattacharjee 

      13 months ago from MILWAUKEE

      outing is always beautiful, the lock down situation reveals...

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Devika it is good that you can walk in the countryside there and not be too worried by the virus, I hope it stays that way. Thank you for reading and enjoying.

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      Devika Primić 

      13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Jodah think positive in this time and in my part of the world i walk in the countryside. I am just happy a s always and do not think much of what is going on in this world. Your poems are great start to any day.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I am glad that poem managed to help a bit, Flourish. Hang in there.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      The last poem was my favorite—just what I needed right now.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi there, Holley. I am glad that my "countryside" poem successfully described that life for you, and yes, there are a lot of people suffering from 'Morbit-19." Thanks for reading.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see you Bronwen. I am delighted that these poems cheered you up, and thank you for the poetic comment.

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      Holley Morgan 

      13 months ago from Upstate New York

      You give a full picture of country life with your words. I agree with you about humor! MORBID-19 is very contagious.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      13 months ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for those poems - they were quite a feast!

      They left me with a smile - and cheered me up at least.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ruby, It has been overcast here for three days but no rain yet. I am glad these poems helped to lift your spirits though. Thanks for reading.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved them all. I think my favorite was going to the Doc. It has rained all day here, so I needed your poetry to cheer me up. Thank you...

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Peggy. I am glad you found these poems a fun read and also the memes at the end of Laughter’s the best Medicine.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for that suggestion, Lorna. That is a good one too.

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      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      These were all fun to read and the photos at the end of laughter's the best medicine had me smiling...especially the generation gap one. I'll have to remember how to kill mosquitoes! Haha!

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      Lorna Lamon 

      13 months ago

      Hi John, I have another suggestion for a poem if you are stuck. 'Looking at an old photo album as seen through the eyes of a child'. I know you love a challenge.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Aishatu Ali. I am happy you liked “laughter’s the best Medicine.”

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ok Eric, cheers for that.

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      Anya Ali 

      13 months ago from Rabwah, Pakistan

      I especially liked the last one!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Gypsy, if we can laugh in the face of difficult and trying times we will get through it a lot less stressed.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Vidya, we really need some cheering up and stress relief in the current situation. I appreciate your comment.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Thanks and even though it was out of place I smiled and changed my space. That one is really cool.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I always look forward to your wonderful comments, Shauna. I really enjoyed writing this selection of poems. A couple I thought I’d struggle with but I was pleased with how they turned out. Glad you liked that father and son pic too lol.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Li-Jen, so please that you liked these poems, especially “Laughter’s the Best Medicine.” Looking forward to reading more poems from you when you have more time to spend here.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, thanks for the positive comment about those two poems. Bat Out of Hell By Meatloaf...no problem.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      13 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Fantastic poetry. Loved them all and I agree if nothing else we can laugh and suddenly things seem so much brighter.

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      VIDYA D SAGAR 

      13 months ago

      Great poetry John, especially the ones on the countryside and laughter. It brings much relief during these stressful times.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      13 months ago from Central Florida

      Today's porch session was laced with humor, John. I love it! From "Give Me The Countryside" (gotta love Green Acres!) to The Advent of Flight - you really ran with that one. I wasn't expecting what you came up with for that suggestion, but it was brilliant!

      And, yes, laughter IS the best medicine! Your poem had me smiling through the entire conversation. What really put the icing on the cake is the photo you included of father and son. Too funny!

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      13 months ago

      Hi Jodah, sorry for not visiting more often. I will come back to HubPages soon. I am here now and my appreciation for your work has not changed! It hasn't gotten less. You have summed up what countrylife is and it's an inspiration to give it a go, away from the city life you've mentioned. I like how you started the flight poem with insects and I admire Leonardo Da Vinci's innovation. Good you brought him up. Thank you very much for fulfilling my poem request. The sing song rhythm goes nicely and I enjoyed the ironic twist to the "virus" and the rename of Covid-19 lol. Thanks for sharing!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That was fun, as it always is. Nice job on the dialogue poem...and the one on flight made me smile. Well done, my friend. When you get a chance, can you do one about "a bat out of hell?" Thanks!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Chitrangada. Thank you for those kind words. I enjoy writing these poems that other people request. It is great practice and I don't have to sit and try to think up a topic for myself. Have a great week.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Don't thank me too soon Eric. That is on my list I just haven't got there yet lol. See you back here soon.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Loved all the poems, in this edition of Poems from the porch.

      Countryside— Ah! Beautiful indeed. And you did full justice.

      Laughter is the best medicine—No doubt about this. Tried and tested method, always.

      It’s amazing, how you can weave words, almost on any topic.

      Thanks for sharing another edition, in this wonderful series.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      I take these one at a time so I will be back. Oh and thank you for not writing a poem about not writing a poem.

      You plucked at my heartstrings with the country. We will do a canyon hike today.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I hope so Liz, that is my aim. To uplift the spirits. Thanks.

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      Liz Westwood 

      13 months ago from UK

      Another great compilation of uplifting poetry. Thank you. It brings to mind the song "Always look on the bright side of life".

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Rinita, I am so happy that the countryside poem is similar to what you envisaged. Thank you for the generous comment, and I think Li-Jen is due to make an appearance soon. I hope so anyway.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a wonderful comment, Lorna. It sounds like you could relate to each poem this week. And U2 are even Irish as well. That wasn't planned, but the song fit well. I love how you get to enjoy these poem while sipping tea on your own porch. Thank you.

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      Rinita Sen 

      13 months ago

      You outshine yourself every time. Thank you for writing about countryside living. It was beautiful and encompassed what I had visioned. Loved the others, too, especially the laughter one. Haven't seen Li-Jen in a while. Hope she's okay and comes to read this humorous poem.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      13 months ago

      I live in the country and your poem is a lovely example of country living. Laughter is indeed the best medicine for any situation and having a good laugh releases stress and tension. I also enjoyed the poem about flying as I have a family full of pilots.

      Hard to pick a favourite this week John as they all gave me such pleasure to read. I am listening to the U2 video whilst sitting outside having a cup of tea, on the porch, what could be better. Take care.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Chardie. I am glad you had some fun reading these.

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      Chardie Cat 

      13 months ago from Northern Mindanao, Philippines

      Thanks for sharing, John. I had a great time. A wonderful collection!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Ann, your reading and commenting are always greatly appreciated. You stay safe and well too.

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      Ann Carr 

      13 months ago from SW England

      Great poems, John! I like the upbeat theme and the one about flight is clever. Your response to my challenge was also superb.

      Stay safe and well.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I am happy you enjoyed these poems, Brenda (and the pics). Thanks for the kind comment, and have a great week.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Rosina. Glad you enjoyed these. There will be one written for you in the next volume.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      13 months ago from Washington Court House

      I loved your laughter pics...so cute . So was the poem.

      On the first one I loved the pic you can't do it all but you can do your best...feel like that one alot right now.

      Green acres...gotta love that one and envy the country life.

      Nice poems.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      13 months ago

      A beautiful collection of poems as always. I loved going through them all. My favorite is "Laughter's the Best Medicine". Thanks for sharing. Looking forward to the next collection.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes Demas. I guess it does. Thanks for reading.

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      Demas W Jasper 

      13 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      A compendium of poems on request! Doesn't that just beat all!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Tiyasha. Thanks for reading and your generous comment. OK, you want to expand on the seven deadly sins you recently wrote about with your ABC denarian poem? Will see what I can come up with.

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      Tiyasha Maitra 

      13 months ago from Gurgaon

      Great set. My personal favourites, Laughter is the best medicine and your take on the concept of flight.

      A suggestion, how about a humorous take on the Seven Deadly Sins concentrating on its volatile nature, treated with comedy.

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