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Poems From the Porch 32

Updated on May 27, 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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Poetry

Welcome to the Porch. There are only three poems this week and so I would just like to open this anthology with this definition of poetry and poets as published in the very first edition of The Encyclopaedia Britannica (1768-71.)

"Poetry is an art where everything should please. It is not enough to exhibit nature, which in certain places and circumstances is rude and unpleasant; but the poet must chuse (sic) in her what is beautiful from what is not: whence a poet ought to chuse (sic), for the subject of his imitation, something naturally affecting....

In fine, to accomplish a poet, is required a temperature of wit and fancy, of strength and sweetness, of penetration and delicacy; but above all, he must have a sovereign eloquence, and a profound capacity. These are the qualities that must concur together to form the genius of a poet, and sustain his character."

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Li-Jen Hew

“Hi Jodah, you’re good at making poems about food. Thinking of writing a new one?
...anything you fancy or what is universally loved like ‘bread’.”


Li-Jen, I love bread and probably eat more than most people, but writing a poem about it was not that easy. Anyway, I did my best.

The smell of good bread baking,

like the sound of lightly flowing water,

is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight

— M.F.K. Fisher

Give Us This Day Our Daily Bread

“Give us this day our daily bread”

So it says upon the Lord’s Prayer.

Bread‘s one of the oldest man-made foods

That many cultures share.


Bread‘s considered a necessity,

And also slang for money,

The bread-winner in the family

Buys food to fill your tummy.


The types of bread are endless,

There’s white, mixed grain, and rye,

Wholegrain, sourdough, Turkish bread,

Whatever people buy.


Bread’s a powerful symbol

For provision of our needs,

So let’s break bread together

And be generous in our deeds.


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Rosina S Khan

"Hi John,

I would like relationships with the people I interact with every day to improve so that we can be mutually happy. Therefore, I would request a poem, 'Improving Relationships with the Surrounding People'.'


I did my best with this poem, Rosina. I hope it offers some guidance.

The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.

— Peter Drucker

Improving Relationships With Surrounding People

Of eight billion people on this Earth

how many you’ll encounter

depends how much you socialise

and how extensively you travel.


We’re all unique, have different views

often shaped by race and culture,

but most people are kind and good
and have the same basic requirements.


So, smile at everyone you meet,

don’t judge them at first sight,

for appearances often deceive

and first impressions seldom right.


Be positive and don’t complain,

listen more than speak.

Try to understand their views,

and don’t try to compete.


Give your opinion if you’re asked,

promote what you believe,

but don’t engage in hot debate

if it will cause you grief.


Be generous and show you care,

and quick to offer help.

Don’t expect things in return,

prove your concern’s heartfelt.


Then people will embrace you,

your company be sought.

They’ll spread the word to others

and say your heart is good.

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Kyler J Falk

"There isn't enough rabid, burning passion in this world. The type of passion that breeds fair and impartial love, and roaring acceptance. You encapsulate the spirit of this passion for me, John, but I want a poem that really hammers the point home. I want it bittersweet, I want my heart to hurt but also to feel your hands around it, nursing it back to health.

Give me a poem titled, 'Extinguish Sadness With Flames of Passion!'"

I want to see a constructive example of fighting fire with fire! Let's set the world alight!


Kyler, I used that as the theme for this poem but I gave it a different title. I hope you like "One Night in Lust."

Each of us is born with a box of matches inside us but we can't strike them all by ourselves

— Laura Esquivel, Like Water for Chocolate

One Night In Lust

I sat alone, hugging the bar,

Feeling sorry for myself.

The barman knew my poison,

So he pulled it off the shelf.


My head hung in morose recline,

Feeling deserted by my God.

“Just add that to my growing tab,”

I acknowledged with a nod.


I’d lost my job, I’d lost my wife,

But they say that life goes on.

An easy thing for “them” to say,

How often “they” are wrong.


I downed the glass and stared at it,

The bourbon burnt my throat,

But it also helped to drown the pain.

I’d fallen from Jim’s boat.


Jim Beam Bourbon: Image by Martin Lazarov from Pixabay
Jim Beam Bourbon: Image by Martin Lazarov from Pixabay | Source

A finger raised, “Hit me again!”

A sign the barman knew,

Then I felt a hand press on my back,

”Would you mind if I join you?”


I raised my head and turned around,

Which was easier said than done.

Her smiling eyes and ruby lips

Combined to strike me dumb.


She ordered a margarita

And I put it on my bill.

My head was spinning wildly,

But, I remember that night still.


We stumbled to a cheap motel

Whose neon sign was bust.

It meant to read “LUCKY STAR MOTEL,”

But the lights spelled only “ LU . . .ST . .“


If words were said, I can’t recall

But the passion was intense.

Clothes were strewn around the floor -

To resist would make no sense.


I made love like a man possessed,

She burned me with her touch.

With rabid thirst to be desired,
I just couldn’t get enough.

It was five years ago in “LUST

When my passion was returned.

The night my good wife won me back.

That reignited fire still burns.

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Image by marco aurelio from Pixabay | Source

Love is a fire. But whether it is going to warm your hearth or burn down your house, you can never tell.

— Joan Crawford

More Poems Await

Well, that's it for this week but I hope you come back to the porch again for the next anthology. I am looking forward to it myself as I will be writing poems for: Mel Carrier, Lawrence Hebb and Ann Carr, and maybe more.

Oh, and don't forget, if you have any requests for poems yourself, just ask. The more the merrier.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 John Hansen

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      11 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Lawrence, much appreciate. Stay tuned for Poems From the Porch 37 this week. It should include your suggestion “Structure.”

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      11 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John

      Enjoyed them all, but the last one was the best.

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      John Hansen 

      12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Shaloo.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      12 months ago from India

      Valuable relationship advice...loved the poem.

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      John Hansen 

      12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      So did I ..”One Night in Lust” lol

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      Chris Mills 

      12 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      haha, sorry I got the title wrong. Still liked the poem.

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      John Hansen 

      12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Chris, I always appreciate you reading and commenting on my work. I enjoyed writing “A Night at Lust.” I am really anxious to get my next addition out there but I have been just too busy. Hopefully this week.

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      Chris Mills 

      12 months ago from Traverse City, MI

      John, I enjoyed all the poems, of course, but "One Night Lust" was exceptional, especially the last two paragraphs. Great job. Thanks for providing so much good poetry.

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      John Hansen 

      12 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Brenda. I appreciate you reading these and commenting. Glad you liked the Bread song too.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      12 months ago from Washington Court House

      Loved the one you wrote for Kyler the best. It was comical yet stirring with passion.

      The one for Rosina for how to get along in relationships would come in second.

      They are all great. Even the one about bread.

      Which incidentally...I loved the video.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Rasma. I appreciate your generous comment, and glad you loved the song by Bread.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this Kyler. I am happy you liked the poems especially your request. I read som of the hate comments you have been getting from the person signing on with different names so I understand your reluctance of interacting.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      13 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      What can I say? Absolutely awesome in every way. Love that song by Bread.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      Pardon for such a brief comment, John, I really enjoyed the bread one and you hit the nail on the head for bittersweet with my request. I've been getting hate mail from spam accounts that people are creating solely to harass me, and it is making me wary of interacting on HubPages any further, lest I waste my time defending myself to no avail.

      Wish I could've read this in brighter spirits, but it certainly is a lovely trio of pieces.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Flourish, I like that term “Barnburner.”

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      Whoa! That last one was a barnburner!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Lora, thanks for your wonderful comment. Haha the third poem was fictional I must add. Glad the first one inspired you to bake some homemade bread. Nothing beats that. Enjoy.

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      Lora Hollings 

      13 months ago

      These poems are all full of life and love, especially the last one! The first two were full of great insights about bread and improving relationships. And the last one certainly was full of passion. I'm glad that this happened with your wife, John. Good ending. You got me thinking about the wonderful aroma and taste of homemade bread! I'm just going to have to make some now. A great and fun read!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This comment means a lot coming from you manatita. So, I thank you. Also, yes, that should have been “cause” you grief. I appreciate you finding that typo also. You stay safe and well also.

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      manatita44 

      13 months ago from london

      That was one of your best ones for me, purely because they seem to relate precisely to the requests and had the necessary detail, inspiration, advice and finally fire and passion. Li-Jen's was excellent and the other two are masterpieces.

      Now for Rosina's, what about 'And say you've got a Heart' in the last line. Stanza number 5, last line, do you mean 'cause' you grief?'

      Great to read your work again. Stay well.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see you Shauna. I could have taken the Lust poem in a couple of different directions but I think the ending I decided on was the “right” one. Okay, “favourite smells/scents”..that should be interesting.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Devika, we make bread occasionally but it smells and tastes so good we eat a whole loaf in a day. So, it is best not to do it too often. I am glad you enjoy my poems.

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      Devika Primić 

      13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I made bread a few times but can't perfect it. It is a tough one for me. love your poems!

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      13 months ago from Central Florida

      John, these were tough topics to tackle, but you did so with grace. I love the ending of your lust poem. It promotes faith in love and passion.

      Let's lighten things up a bit. How 'bout something about your favorite smells/scents?

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      ha....john, that may be a new god occupation.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Cheers Charlie. I enjoyed writing that one I must admit. Hopefully Kyler agrees.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Linda, thanks for the “creativity” And “inspirational” comments. I do try. Thanks for following this series too.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Eric. Glad you “dug it.” I always appreciate Your comments, My Friend.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ms Dora, thank you for that comment. I am all for “kindness” showing as the main theme.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Clive. I would if I could but I am a little short of bread at the moment. I should have been a baker.

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      Charlie Halliday 

      13 months ago from Scotland

      Another great collection John. My favourite is night in lust .You totally nailed Tyler's brief

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Your poems are interesting, as always. The second one is inspirational as well. I loved the ending of the third one. Thank you for sharing your creativity, John.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      I am digging it. LUST baby lust. What a wonderful turn of the pen you gave us here friend. And a fine friend at that.

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 months ago from The Caribbean

      The surprising ending to "One Night In Lust" is also memorable to the reader. The other two strike a universal theme of kindness--sharing bread and improving relationships. Always good poetry!

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      Nice poems...Now how about sending me some bread....you know what I mean John.....

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Peggy. Who doesn’t love the smell of fresh cooked bread? I’ own I do. Glad this poem resonated with you and brought back memories

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      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Until age 13, when my parents moved from Wisconsin to Texas, my mother always made the bread that our family ate. There is nothing better than the smell of fresh bread coming out of the oven! All three of these poems were great, but the bread one brought back many memories for me.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I am glad you could imagine yourself in the LUST poem and liked the ending, Ruby. Glad you didn’t watch though haha.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I am blown away with the LUST poem, it was so vivid and such a beautiful ending. It's strange, you have the ability to put the reader in the poem. I didn't watch, of course! Hee…..

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Cheers, Bill. Well it is a regular following. Not sure if it is growing too significantly, but each new reader is more than welcome.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Your following grows, and with good reason: quality attracts quality, me thinks! Bravo as always, my friend.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Pamela. I appreciate your comment regarding the three poems. Thanks for reading as always.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I enjoyed your poems as per usual, John. The bread poem made a lot of sense to me and I think you filled Rosina's request with good advice.

      Your third poem really met the challenge you received from Kyler. All three poems were excellent with such different messages.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Eric, see you soon.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Savoring the intro - cool. And the bread, yummy. I will be back to "do" relationships.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Rinita. I hope the reason HP poem was helpful, and glad you liked bread. I also appreciate your comment about the Lust Poem. Take care.

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      Rinita Sen 

      13 months ago

      Lots of wisdom in today's work. My favorite is the one with the bread. I'm not myself good with relationships lol so could use some of the advice. Brilliant job with the last poem, shows the truest nature of your versatility and your good heart.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Rosina, I am so happy that you are pleased with the poem I wrote for you and that you can learn something valuable from it. Thank you for your support. I am glad you are feeling better.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      13 months ago

      Sorry about replying late. I wasn't feeling well since morning but now that I feel better, I checked my emails to find your hub. So glad and thoroughly enjoyed the poems. Of course, I will give preference to my poem but poem 1 was good and poem 3 oh yes fantastic!

      I liked the third verse from my poem the best. Here it is:

      So, smile at everyone you meet,

      don’t judge them at first sight,

      for appearances often deceive

      and first impressions seldom right.

      And the quote by Peter Drucker was equally insightful.

      The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.

      — Peter Drucker

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Lorna, always appreciate your comments and n tell they come from the heart. Thank you for follows poetry. Glad you enjoyed the last poem especially.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      13 months ago

      A lovely trio each unique in their own way. I try to bake my own bread as I love the smell it leaves in the kitchen and your poem reminded me of its significance. Great advice in Rosina's poem and lots of passion in Kyler's. Your rhyming skills in this one left me in breathless, as did the poem. A pleasure to read John as always.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Nithya. Thank you for the kind comment in regard to my imagery and emotion. Greatly appreciated.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Farah. I am happy that you enjoyed these poems. I agree with your view n regard to relationships. I was interested to see what comments the third poem received. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Surprised you did I Verlie..haha.? Thank you for reading and for the kind comment. Have a great day.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      13 months ago from Dubai

      I enjoyed reading all of them, you paint vivid images and emotions with your words. Double thumbs up.

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      Farah N Huq 

      13 months ago from Dhaka, Bangladesh

      Loved all of them, specially 2 and 3. Relationships are tough to maintain these days. I believe in keeping very little expectations from others. The dissappointment gets minimized that way. As for the 3rd, wow, haha, enjoyed reading it!

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      13 months ago from Canada

      Holy! John, you outdid yourself . Glad I caught this porch edition. Deeply truly from the heart writes. From bread to bed. Cheers Poet!

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