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Poems From the Porch 36

Updated on July 1, 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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Interesting Topic Suggestions

Hello friends and fellow authors. Welcome to the porch on this cool winter’s morning here in Australia. While the tea and coffee brews, pull up a chair and let’s share some of the poems requested by a few of you.


Firstly, I would really like to thank everyone who has suggested topics they’d like me to write poems about. I must say, the prompts are getting more interesting each week, especially if this collection is any indication. At least, as the poet who is writing them, it seems that way to me.

I hope You enjoy these poems:

  • The Seven Deadly Sins
  • How Can I Get Everything I Want - In as Little as Two Weeks.
  • The Album in the Attic
  • A Bat Out of Hell

Tiyasha Maitra

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

Thanks for this prompt, Tiyasha. It is an interesting topic and I managed to write a poem about the seven deadly sins. Unfortunately, I couldn't make it a comedy at this time. I have my muse working on it however and I'll see what I can come up with in the future. The attached video has a comedy element about it, and engaging animation.

The Seven Deadly Sins

Here are the Seven Deadly Sins

That you may know or not:

Pride, greed, wrath, and envy,

Lust, gluttony, and sloth.


Pride can make one arrogant,

self-centred and a bore.

Greed is a selfish desire

for wealth, or power, or more.

Envy wants what others have,

a jealous discontent.

Lust a strong sexual desire

that can be quite intense.

Wrath is unbridled anger

that really makes no sense.

Gluttony’s a form of greed,

an excessive love of food.

Sloth is a lack of effort

when laziness ensues.

Promote Good With Energy, Love, Generosity, and Sensitivity.

Seven Alternative Deadly Sins

1.Wealth without work

2.Pleasure without conscience

3.Science without humanity

4.Knowledge without character

5.Politics without principle

6.Commerce without morality

7.Worship without sacrifice

— Mahatma Ghandi

Rosina S Khan

"Recently I have noticed I am good at manifesting short-term goals but my long-term goals are stalling. So I would request you to write a poem with the title, "How I Can Get Everything I Want in as Little as Two Weeks". I hope you enjoy writing it."

This request certainly got me thinking, Rosina. I'd love get everything I want in just two weeks as well. So, here is your poem. I hope you like it.

Horn of Plenty: Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay
Horn of Plenty: Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay | Source

How Can I Get Everything I Want.. In as Little as Two Weeks?

Write a list of all you want,

and another of your needs.

Whatever is on both those lists

should get priority.

I want a million dollars,

but I only need ten grand.

I want someone to paint my house

but I only need a hand.


I want a mansion by the sea,

but I just need a stable roof

that keeps me dry in pouring rain

so I’m not too aloof.


I want the world to live in peace,

and put an end to poverty.

I need those things to happen too,

But will that ever be?

I want good health and love in life,

I need both these as well.

But, will these happen in two weeks?

In a fortnight’s time I’ll tell.


Maybe buy a lottery ticket

and pray to God you win.

Then you can have all you want,

and tithe ten percent to him.

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Lorna Lamon

"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."


Yes, Lorna, I do love a challenge and this was a pleasant one. It is the type of topic I enjoy writing about. I hope the poem appeals to you.

Garages, barns and attics are always older than the buildings to which they are attached.

— Leonard Cohen
Photo by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels
Photo by ArtHouse Studio from Pexels | Source

The Album in the Attic

I climbed the narrow stairway

As quietly as a mouse,

To investigate the attic

At my paternal grandpa’s house.


Cobwebs hung from the rafters,

Everything was clothed in dust.

I opened an old metal chest,

Its hinges creaked through rust.


Inside a photo album,

Leather cover cracked from age,

Piles of letters tied with string,

And a diary’s missing page.


I sat down in a rocking chair

With the album on my lap.

I’d climbed up here in secret

While my grandpa took a nap.


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Then, opening up the cover

I took a look inside,

Intent to see the photos

My grandpa tried to hide.


The photos were in black and white,

Mostly good, a couple torn.

Some had dates inked on the back,

All long ‘fore I was born.


Of men in suits and uniforms,

Stylish ladies with big hair,

City streets with old-time cars,

The 1948 State Fair.


All these photos told a story

That I’d have to research more,

But my curiosity had to wait -

For I heard the attic door.

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Image by Mario Aranda from Pixabay | Source

Bill Holland

"When you get a chance, can you do one about "a bat out of hell?" Thanks!"


Well, Bill, your requests never disappoint, and who doesn't like Meatloaf? This one actually took me in directions I could never have envisaged. Just finding a word to rhyme with "chance" (and "dance" being a logical one) put "St. Vitus Dance" in my head and I couldn't get rid of it. It's a little weird I know but I am actually quite pleased with how the poem turned out.

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A Bat Out of Hell

The Devil sent his messenger

To stalk the city streets

In search of lost and lonely souls

For whom life wasn’t sweet.


It hid within the shadows

Waiting for the chance

To seize an unsuspecting prey,

And inflict St.Vitus Dance.

They’d blame the dancing mania

On many different things,

But there was ne’er a mention

Of a fanged demon with wings.


She wandered past the alley,

Rejected and forlorn,

Wishing more than ever

She never had been born.


The demon gave no warning,

Swift, sharp fangs pierced her neck.

Her screams were heard by no one,

Or they didn’t give a heck.


Then she danced the tarantella

Out onto the street.

The contagion spread like wildfire,

‘The disease of dancing feet.’


Once thought a curse sent by a saint,

Or from a tarantula‘s bite as well,

But never was the blame placed on

‘A bat right out of hell.’


Dancing Mania

Dancing mania (also known as dancing plague, choreomania, St. John's Dance and St. Vitus's Dance) was a social phenomenon that occurred primarily in mainland Europe between the 14th and 17th centuries. It involved groups of people dancing erratically, sometimes thousands at a time. The mania affected men, women, and children who danced until they collapsed from exhaustion.

In Italy, a similar phenomenon was tarantism, in which the victims were said to have been poisoned by a tarantula or scorpion. Its earliest known outbreak was in the 13th century, and the only antidote known was to dance to particular music to separate the venom from the blood. Dancers would perform a tarantella, accompanied by music which would eventually "cure" the victim, at least temporarily.

Dancing mania on a pilgrimage to the church at Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, a 1642 engraving by Hendrick Hondius after a 1564 drawing by Pieter Brueghel the Elder.
Dancing mania on a pilgrimage to the church at Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, a 1642 engraving by Hendrick Hondius after a 1564 drawing by Pieter Brueghel the Elder. | Source

A Call Out For More Poetry Suggestions

Well, that's it for another week. But, if you'd like to see 'Poems From the Porch' keep on keeping on then I need your suggestions/requests/prompts or whatever you'd like to call them. So, don't be shy. If you have an idea let me know and I'll see what I can do. Thanks for joining me once again, and until next week - take care.

© 2020 John Hansen

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      12 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks Lawrence. It is always great to learn something new. Glad I brought St Vitus’ Dance to your attention.

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      Lawrence Hebb 

      12 months ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

      John

      I never knew that about St Vitus' dance!

      I really liked both of the last two poems, well done.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you for reading these poems, Nell. Glad you enjoyed and I like you dad’s sense of humour. Mine used to say crazy stuff like that too.

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      Nell Rose 

      13 months ago from England

      Love your bat out of hell! And the attic one the best, but they are all wonderful! My dad always used to say if I was rushing around, you have st Vitus dance, sit the hell down! LOL!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      You are too kind, Sean, but I am grateful for your kind words. I look forward to each of these requests/suggestions even though some are quite a challenge. Take care of your family and be safe.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      13 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      You know, my dear brother, John, every time I read new work from you I am more amazed by your talent! I could never imagine that someone can take these requests and make them living art! Thank you for putting more colours in the rainbow! :)

      Stay in the safety of Love!

      Sean

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      MizB, I am sorry to hear that your grandchildren show no interest in your history or memorabilia. Thank you for reading and I will write a poem about “the kids couldn’t care less.”

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Hi Lora, thank you for reading. I am glad this brought back memories and you enjoyed reading the poems. Yes, I will write one about “lemonade,” so stay tuned.

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      Doris James MizBejabbers 

      13 months ago from Beautiful South

      John, I really liked your Album in the Attic. It kind of hit a nerve with me because our young here in the U.S. really couldn't care less about grandma and grandpa's history or memorabilia. I took most of these things like my parents' WWII letters to each other and a few old items that should be kept because nobody else in the family wanted them. Now I worry about them being tossed out after I'm gone. So maybe in that vein, how about a poem about "the kids couldn't care less"? Maybe it'll cure my hopelessness.

      BTW, I appreciate your explanation of St. Vitus's Dance. It was educational to me.

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      Lora Hollings 

      13 months ago

      Splendid poems, John. My favorite, like many here, is the "Album in the Attic." It is a wonderful description of an attic and a child who is fascinated by an album of old photos taken of his ancestors. I always savored the times as a child when I could go through old photo albums of my family and see what my grandparents and parents looked like when they were young. "Bat out of Hell," was very imaginative. Great Job! I really enjoyed reading them all.

      How about a poem about lemonade, since this is a series about poems from the porch. I always remember drinking fresh lemonade on the veranda in the summers as we would invite our neighbors over and pass the time talking about world events, people that we knew, (a little friendly gossip), and about life in general. It sure brings back some great memories for me.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      13 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA.

      I loved the poems from the porch especially "The Album in the Attic" and "A Bat Out of Hell". I hope you write one about: Looking back on life - a flashback. Thanks, John.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you so much Audrey. I appreciate your generous comment and will certainly write a poem about being short.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      13 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Your poems are remarkable! I love this series. And I want to see it continue so here's one to nibble on: I'm short (5 ft. 1in.). Would you mind writing a poem about the advantages or disadvantages of being short? This could be humorous...altho there's nothing funny about not being able to reach those high cupboards. :)

      Thanks, John.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you Niks, I really appreciate that comment, and I promise I won’t stop.

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      Niks 

      13 months ago from India

      Yet another amazing collection of poems. Keep coming up with poems like this. Being a poet and literature lover, I enjoy reading your hubs.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Haha Mr. Happy. Okay, point taken, thank you for your suggestion. I agree that we should be able to “request” things from our politicians who are “supposed To represent us” but I think a lot of them seeing themselves as “Puppet Masters,” unfortunately. You have a great weekend also.

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      Mr. Happy 

      13 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "I will write a poem about a puppet master as you request." - Thank You but it was not a "request". It was simply a "suggestion": "So, here's a topic to write a poem about". You do as You wish, haha!!

      I hardly "request" things from people. I do but usually it's from politicians because they are supposed to "represent us". From the general public my main "request" is for people to simply be respectful to one another.

      Have a joyful week-end and thanks again!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Peg, it makes me angry to hear of people disregarding the seriousness of this virus and gathering in large groups and partying. The same thing has happened in Melbourne, and that city is suffering from a spike while most of our other states have now been almost free of the virus. Many people there in the hotspot have also refused to be tested. Yes, I will write a poem about “Better to be safe than sorry.” Stay safe.

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      Peggy Woods 

      13 months ago from Houston, Texas

      Each of these was good. I especially liked the one about the photo album in the attic. It reminded me of looking in an old chest in my grandmother's attic with her when I was a child. The information about dancing mania after the one you did for Bill was most interesting.

      Our hospitals in Houston are at capacity again, and administrators are looking at alternative solutions to handle the usual types of patients and those who have COVID-19. Elective surgeries are now canceled once again. Wearing of masks is now mandated by the Texas governor. Yet some people still think the pandemic is nothing but politics. How can people not listen to statistics and doctors? People from the U.S. cannot currently travel to the EU. Even that does not keep them from partying in groups! How about a poem about rather being safe than sorry.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you, Nithya. Glad you enjoyed those poems. Stay well.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      13 months ago from Dubai

      Great poems, I enjoyed reading all of them. I loved The Album in the Attic and A Bat out of Hell.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you Jason. Glad you had fun reading Bat Out of Hell, and enjoyed The Album in the Attic. I am glad my writing meets the “great content” label..lol.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      13 months ago from AZ

      Haha, I loved Bill's suggestion about the "Bat Out of Hell". You did a fantastic job on it. I had fun reading it. I was smiling the whole read.

      You also did a great job on Lorna's challenge. I enjoyed that one very well too.

      "I want" great content, and you always deliver. It always a pleasure to read your work. Thanks, John.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you for reading Foxynag.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you, Mr Happy, for your in depth and insightful comment. I will write a poem about a puppet master as you request. Mr Manatita is a very wise man.

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      foxynag 

      13 months ago

      Nice

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      Mr. Happy 

      13 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "I have always felt that deep down we already know our struggles. So I have been saying for 10 years what we already know." - Just came across these two gems of sentences, from Mr. Manatita. Haha!! I so very much agree. I wrote a piece some years ago titled: "This Wolf is Running in Circles". It's basically what Mr. Manatita said.

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      Mr. Happy 

      13 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      "7.Worship without sacrifice" - It's not a "sacrifice", or we do not need to "sacrifice" anything, if we wish to do it. If someone is forcing us to worship then, I guess that could be regarded as a "sacrifice".

      Your "Seven Deadly Sins" made me think of the "Five Deadly Venoms", which was a hip-hop album in the 90s. On that album there's a track called: "Puppet Master". So, here's a topic to write a poem about: "Puppet Master".

      I love the historical perspective to your poems. Well, I'm a history geek so, it hit home, haha!!

      "When you get a chance, can you do one about "a bat out of hell?" Thanks!" - That made me laugh! It made me laugh because it came out of Mr. Bill but it also made me laugh because: humans.

      We make-up all these weird things like: "hell" and "bats out of hell". Haha!! We have such wild imagination (well, some of us). "Bats out of hell" ... lol It's not the bats, in my opinion. It's the humans.

      "You are the puppet, I pull your string, I'm makin' moves

      I'm the master, causing you to do what you do Puppet masters" - Dr. Dre & B Real - Puppet Master

      Until again: all the very best!

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      Ann Carr 

      13 months ago from SW England

      Great! Can't wait!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Ann, I appreciate your generous comment and glad you liked this weeks poems. I have three hens myself so I can certainly write a poem about them, and plants that take over...yes, that too. I am adding them to my list.

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      Ann Carr 

      13 months ago from SW England

      Superb poems this week, John. You've excelled yourself. I love 'Bat out of Hell'!

      We have just acquired three lovely chickens, white with random black dabs of feathers. So how about a poem about hens?

      Also, I'm re-potting some plants that grow so quickly I'm having to give cuttings away. A poem about plants taking over in some way would be fun.

      I hope the requests keep coming as I love these poems from the porch.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you DDE, I always enjoy your comments. Glad you particularly liked the Album the Attic poem and found lessons within.

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      Devika Primić 

      13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Amazing! The Album in the Attic-has many lessons to learn from and I enjoyed every bit of it.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Hi MsDora, I do try to have a lesson embedded in most of what I write. Thank you continuing to support this series. I will add a poem on agism to my to do list.

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      Dora Weithers 

      13 months ago from The Caribbean

      These poems all teach life lessons that we do well to learn or review. Even the "Bat Out of Hell" teaches caution. Thanks for maintaining this awesome venture.

      Please write a poem on ageism--the undeserving discrimination we, the beautiful elderly endure. Thanks!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks so much, Chitrangada. Because I work as a freelance writer I am often required to write poetry on subjects they request, so I thought why not use that experience and do the same for my friends on HubPages. I am glad you enjoyed 'The Album in the Attic.' Take care.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      13 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Excellent compositions, created beautifully by you, on interesting topics. It’s an amazing talent, that you can compose poems, on any topic, even some unusual ones.

      The Album— poem is wonderful. Nice pictures as well, to compliment your work.

      Thanks for sharing.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you Linda, glad you enjoyed this collection.

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      Maybe...maybe not...doesnt matter...it is still being used

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      Linda Crampton 

      13 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      You are very creative, John. Thank you for sharing another interesting article in your series.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks for appreciating how much time goes into this, Linda. Maybe it’s a ‘labour of love’ so to speak :)

      Sometimes I really struggle with my muse on a poem, and if it seems too difficult I will put it back a week. Thankfully I usually have a lightbulb moment when the time is right and I haven’t had a request yet that I couldn’t deliver. I do enjoy the challenge and the diversity of the subjects though.

      Sometimes I have to do quite a bit of research on a subject I know very little about, as is evident you also do with your weekly series.

      I am glad this series helps provide readers with some respite in these crazy times.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Good to see you Paul. I appreciate your generous comment and also glad you especially enjoyed ‘The Album in the Attic.’ I enjoyed writing it and was happy with the finished product. Oh, if old photos and memorabilia could speak, what tales they could tell.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you for the wonderful and insightful comment manatita. I am glad you liked these poems and also the video on the seven deadly sins. I thought that quite excellent too.

      Never fear, I have not forgotten your request for a poem on ‘Acts of God.’ I keep al the requests I receive in number order in a diary. Yours is Number 117 and is in line to be written and published in next weeks edition of Poems From the Porch.

      Thank you for sharing about Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as well. That was also interesting. Peace to you.

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      Linda Lum 

      13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      John, I don't know how you manage to jump around from so many feelings. Every poem has a different theme and vibe and golly, you nail them all. Of all of these, my favorite was the peek into the attic.

      Thank you for continuing to do this series. As one who does a weekly (weakly?) thing on Hubs, I recognize how much time this takes. But I want you to know how much I appreciate this little respite from all of the crazy of now.

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      Paul Neglia 

      13 months ago from Poughkeepsie, NY USA

      John i think ill agree with Shauna. That Attic poem was on point and for me a hands on favorite in this group, that is not to take away from the others because yhey were wonderful as well, but that one stuck with me. I love those reminiscing moments, always strikes a chord with me. They are just so full of a life i never knew but want to know. Excellent work my friend your talent soars in these poems

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      manatita44 

      13 months ago from london

      The topics are definitely interesting! Amazing, in fact and made me laugh! Where's mines? Looks like they are asking you to be a Seer! Lol.

      Number one is excellent! I will write more about them soon, but we seekers see gluttony as a bit more than related to food. It really is a kind of self indulgence in excess.

      Number two is also excellent and with a splice of wisdom and fun too. One of the mentioned causes of reincarnation, is that the all-compassionate God, allows us to fulfill all our desires and we cannot do so in one life time. Seers think of God, just before they leave the body, but many think of the things of this world. Food for thought.

      I loved the lightness in number three. The simplicity with which it was achieved is wonderful and in line with the reader's request, to my mind.

      Bill has a mind like mine. We are out in a different realm of Consciousness. Lol. Great Piece!

      That history of dancing is bizarre! Chaitanya Mahaprabhu (Lord Chaitanya or Supreme Lord Chaitanya, was a fifteen century Avatar (A direct descent of God in human form). He used to go into ecstatic states and would touch people, who would also go into the ecstatic state and dance. I rather love this second bit of history.

      The way that the gentleman explains the seven deadly sins, gives me hope and I recommend listening to his soothing and gentle voice. I have always felt that deep down we already know our struggles. So I have been saying for 10 years what we already know.

      This throws light on the current world upheaval. But as the gentleman says, there is an art in telling or reminding us, so we feel good about ourselves, not with our backs against a wall. I said a lot today bro. Don't forget my request of two weeks ago. Peace.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks Shauna, for looking forward to this series each week. ETS just say nothing has stumped me yet, however one of the requests for next week has Me scratching my head. Let’s see what happens between now and then.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Kyler, I am glad you enjoyed’A Bat Out of Hell’ and thank you for sharing your experience dancing the tarantella. I am sure those festivals are amazing. I am good at making a fool of myself on thee dance floor.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Ruby, I think we would all be dancing if we find out this virus is over and done with. Thanks for reading.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      13 months ago from Central Florida

      John this is a wonderful portrayal of your talent. Nothing seems to stump you!

      I love the attic story the most, I think. But Bill's Bat Out of Hell is not only clever, but educational as well.

      I always look forward to this series, my friend.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      Oh goodness, "A Bat Out of Hell," had to have been my favorite for this time on the porch. I can't tell you how many times I've been made to dance a tarantella, and luckily only ever with beautiful girls and women as partners which lessened the blow of stage fright. Italian, Sicilian, and Greek festivals were always bittersweet for me due to the expectation to take part in the dancing and other festivities.

      If you ever get the chance, come to California during one of the many West European festivals we have and get your fill of the cultural enrichment. Nothing beats sipping on a little wine and making a fool of yourself on the dance floor, ha!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      All the poems were great, especially " A Bat Out Of Hell " I wonder if we all would start dancing, this C virus would take a hike? I 'gotta go find my dancing boots!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thank you for pointing those typos out, Dumas. Much appreciated. Hopefully, that has now been rectified.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Charlie, your visits are always most welcome and appreciated. Thanks.

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      Charlie Halliday 

      13 months ago from Scotland

      Another great collection John. I always look forward to my visit to your porch.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      My pleasure, Bill. To make my readers happy is always my aim. It’s good when I succeed. Cheers for liking ‘A Bat Out of Hell’ and thanks for the new prompt. What a great subject for a poem...good old Beatles.

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      You came through, my friend. Beautifully done! Loved the opening lines. Next up, from The Beatles, "Can't Buy Me Love." Thanks for making me happy this morning.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Thanks Lorna. “Petrichor” hmmm.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      13 months ago

      You're welcome John - that smell is known as 'Petrichor' (not very poetic though). Take care.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Unfortunately, that is true, Clive. But, would you have as much appreciation for money that came with no effort? Such people must have no conscience.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Lorna, I am always ‘stoked’ when a reader enjoys the poem I wrote specifically or them. I was pleased with the ‘Album in the Attic’ but it is even better to know you liked it. Thank for your support and also another prompt “the smell of the earth after rain.” I know there is a name for that but I can’t remember what it is.

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      I somehow fancy wealth without work....after all, it is how most tyrants who run the world made it

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Hi Flourish, thank you for the suggestion of including a poll to ask which poem readers like best. I had considered using a poll, so I will do that in future. I am glad you enjoyed these.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      13 months ago

      A lovely portrayal of childhood and exploring John which fills the mind with wonderful images, and fond memories of looking at old photos in the attic. The ending is perfect.

      I am reading this diverse collection in the attic on a rocking chair (just setting the scene); in the middle of an Irish summer with lots of rain.

      I enjoyed all the poems, however, you brought the attic poem alive for me, which is a fitting testament to your skill as a poet. Thank you so much.

      I do have another suggestion if you need one - "The smell of the earth after the rain".

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      FlourishAnyway 

      13 months ago from USA

      How wonderful and varied! You might consider adding a poll to each one regarding the favorite. I liked seven deadly sins. I also liked learning about the dancing frenzies. Nicely done!

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      It is always great to see you visit the porch, Pamela. Bat Out of Hell seems to be these popular among readers so far. I am glad yo enjoyed these.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 months ago from Sunny Florida

      These poems were very good and I like the variety of unusual topics. It is had to pick a favorite but the bat out of hell may be the one. I always enjoye poems from the porch, John.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Eric, you are too kind. That would have to be a piece of fiction not an autobiography..lol.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      I like that hellish bat the best.

      Now you would/could not just write a piece on how great you are in autobiographic terms. But since I ask you have to -- right?

      Please write a poem about you/your life. And try to make yourself out the hero that you are.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Hi Rosina, always good to see you. I am glad you liked your poem. I hoped you wouldn't think I was taking the subject too lightly, but that you found it an eye-opener was good. Thank you for your kind comment on the other poems as well.

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      Rosina S Khan 

      13 months ago

      I loved my requested poem,"How Can I Get Everything I Want.. In as Little as Two Weeks?" It was an eyeopener for me. It made me smile and it also made me realize that it's not actually possible- at least not everything.

      I loved Lorna's requested poem as well: The Album in the Attic.

      Actually all the poems in this collection are lovely as always.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Gondwana Land

      Hi Liz, I'malways glad to bring a smile. Yes, if we all tithed 10% it would go along way to getting rid of poverty, as long as it was directed to the right places. Thank you for those prompts, my list was starting to get a little low. I look forward to writing them.

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      Liz Westwood 

      13 months ago from UK

      Your poetry never fails to bring a smile to my face. I laughed about tithing 10% of a lottery ticket, especially as tithing is so rarely talked about. If everyone tithed, I wonder how far that would go to eradicating poverty in the world? Just a thought. You asked for ideas. Here's a couple: how about a poem contrasting the lot of a poor man with a rich one?

      Having just returned from grocery shopping, I wonder if there's mileage in a humorous poem about all the post-COVID safety measures we have to take? I'm sure many of us are fast developing OCDs about hand washing and face masks.

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