Poems From the Porch 35
A Trio of Poems
Welcome to the porch for another week. I know most of you are finally welcoming summer, here in the Land Down Under we get winter instead. It is nice and brisk here on the porch this morning..10 degrees Celsius at 10 am.
There are only three poems for you this week, but I did publish one stand-alone a couple of days ago for Bill Holland so that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. So, we have a poem about brave COVID warriors, one about pet birds, and last but not least, one about some grumpy guy who doesn't want a poem lol. I hope you enjoy this collection.
Ruby Jean Richert and Vidya D Sagar
"How about doing a poem about the brave nurses who are on the front lines, working so hard to save lives during this virus outbreak? " ~ Ruby
"Yes, a poem on the brave COVID warriors would be a good topic for the next series."
~ Vidya D Sagar
I'm ready but not well-equipped [but] it's my duty to help in this time of pandemic.— April Abrias, midwife in Manila
These Brave COVID Warriors
The World is under Viral attack
on a level rarely seen,
from a coronavirus strain
simply called COVID-19.
All continents are reeling
From the high infection toll,
and death-rates so disturbing,
it seems out of control.
As people panic, and complain
amid lockdowns and bans,
the brave front-line health workers
donate their time and hands.
They are selfless, bold, and caring,
taking danger in their stride,
to help heal and care for sufferers,
and to stem the virus tide.
So, let’s give praise and gratitude
for the sacrifice they make,
these COVID-19 warriors
who take risks for our sake.
"Can you write a poem on bird lovers keeping pet birds like parrots and mynas and celebrating their birthdays or home-coming anniversaries? .. My wife used to celebrate the birth anniversaries of the bird mynah, for example."
The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom.— Maya Angelou
Birds of a Feather
Although I wish all birds were free
sadly, this can’t be a reality.
For the truth is, that I hope you see,
some birds are born in captivity.
If cage-bred birds should be released
to fly free, and live in trees,
they wouldn’t know how to survive,
but fall prey, starve or freeze.
Pet birds must be kept active
with toys and things to do,
let out to fly around inside,
be part of the family too.
Some types of birds can mimic,
like parrots, mynahs too.
They’re intelligent and learn to talk,
and imitate the things you do.
So, if you have a captive bird
make sure you ring its bell.
Interact and play with it
and it will give you love as well.
Celebrate its birthday
with special treats and presents,
then it will never want to leave.
It will think you are its parents.
So, please don’t keep your bird outside
in a cage in cold, wet weather.
Let it inside to share the warmth,
birds of a feather stick together.
"I need a poem about being so grumpy grouchy that I don't want a poem - Bah Humbug."
In a comment on my following edition of Poems From the Porch, Eric added:
" Oh and thank you for not writing a poem about not writing a poem."
Well, sorry about that Eric. I did, and here it is!
I’m Grumpy and I’m Grouchy. Please Don’t Write Me A Poem!
Sometimes I’m called The Grinch or Scrooge,
I can really be a grump.
Please don’t try to make me laugh
Or I’ll give you a thump.
I hate it when I try to smile,
It really hurts my face,
So, all those jokes and funny puns,
Take to some other place.
All your attempts to cheer me up
Are best kept on the shelf.
I’m happy just to sit here
Feeling sorry for myself.
I’m grumpy and I’m grouchy
So let me complain alone,
And please..oh please..bah humbug,
Do Not Write Me a Poem!
Acceptance or Non-Acceptance for LetterPile
For some time now I have wondered why these poetry collections "Poems From the Porch" tend to be allocated a fairly low hub score and have never been selected for the niche site, LetterPile. However, noticing that Bill Holland's "The Writer's Mailbag" series has never been moved either, I determined that this type of serial article is not considered suitable.
Anyway, recently I submitted one of my stand-alone poems (that I still regard part of the series, because it was requested by a colleague) "A Horror Story." I received this very polite rejection email from HubPages, which at least clarifies things a bit:
"Hi, John! Thank you for sharing this atmospheric poem; we enjoyed reading it! Unfortunately, mailbag-type articles (where the author writes in response to reader requests) aren't published on LetterPile. We look forward to reading more of your future work!
You are welcome to rework this article and submit it for re-review in 60 days, but please keep in mind that the topical issues above can be difficult to fix. Your effort may be better spent publishing a new article or submitting a different one for LetterPile after the 14-day wait period."
So, if any of you were unsure about this, now you have an answer. Until next week, stay safe and I wish you well with your writing. Oh, and keep the requests coming.
© 2020 John Hansen