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Poems From the Porch 7

Updated on November 9, 2019
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John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books.

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More Poems From the Porch

Thanks for taking the time to visit my porch again this week. the weather is fine and sunny, not too hot though thanks to recent rain and the view of the yard is much improved as the grass is actually starting to turn green again.

I have only written three poems this week but they are diverse themes (one is following the garden's theme from last week). Those lucky (or not) people who I have written poem for this week are: Artchelle Arcillas, Li-Jen Hew, and Dora Wethers. Thank you for your requests ladies and I hope you enjoy what I wrote.

*Somehow, I got a few of the requests out of order but never fear, I will still get to all of them.

Artchelle Arcillas

"Can you please write about a dreamer close to achieving her dream but still facing huge trials along the way."


Artchelle, I hope you like this poem.

Her Dream

She had a dream she nurtured

From a very early age,

And never deviated

From her goal at any stage.


Though trials and obstacles emerged

And tried to block her path,

She persevered relentlessly,

Bravely facing any wrath.


Her journey's long and winding

But she keeps her gaze ahead.

Her dream now well within her grasp,

It's not just in her head.


She knows she'll face more barriers

Before the journey's end,

But her determination

Will soon pay dividends.


She'll never give up trying,

Though impossible it seems,

For she knows success awaits her

When she realises her dream.


Li-Jen Hew

"Perhaps you could write a poem about a garden. I'll leave it to you to decide how it goes!"


Li-Jen, I did wite two garden oriented poems last week, but it doesn't matter, who doesn't love gardens? Besides, I enjoyed writing this poem.

The Wonder of the Garden

My backyard is a garden that is full of plants and shrubs,

With trees and flowers and vegetables and herbs in plastic tubs.

There are ornaments and wind chimes, and chickens strutting by,

But the wonder of the garden is in more than meets the eye.


For where the native orchids grow against the chain-wire fence

There is a microclimate, the result of common sense.

Bromeliads and begonias catch the eye to please,

And elkhorns grow upon the fence, but mostly in the trees.


And there you'll see me gardening, and also my dear wife.

Neither can imagine no garden in our life,

And, except when seeds are planted, and we shout to scare the hens,

The wonder of the garden reminds us of close friends.


Some can pot petunias and some can prune a rose,

And some just can't be trusted to touch anything that grows.

But, they can trim, and mow the lawn, and weed the garden beds,

For the wonder of the garden can occupy all hands.


part of my garden
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Dora Wethers

"Can you please write some lines on the Innocence of Childhood?"


This is a good topic MsDora. I did a bit of reminiscing and came up with this poem.

Days When Life Was Innocent

Remember when we were just kids,

everything was so much fun,

when life just seemed so carefree,

left the stress to dad and mum.


We played outside from dawn to dusk,

”Just be home before dark!”

There was no thought of danger,

or strangers lurking in the park.


We didn‘t have computers

and games were played outside

except maybe for board games,

or if we had to hide.

Image by Prawny from Pixabay
Image by Prawny from Pixabay | Source

We played in dirt, and mud, and grit

with cars or soldiers, made mud pies.

At TV time we went inside,

though it was black and white.


We ate the food put on our plate

otherwise we didn’t eat,

and if we misbehaved at all

there‘s a chance that we‘d be beat.


We weren’t to speak unless spoken to,

”Go play out in the yard!”

if visitors should happen by.

I know this now seems hard.

If an adult asked us how we were

we’d answer, “Well, and you?”

And if we wanted anything

we said, “please” and “thank you.”


I guess we were so innocent

that everything seemed funny.

We never saw the darker side

like a lack of food or money.


If our father had to struggle

to provide the family’s need,

he’d just take on an extra job.

something we’d never see.


I often miss my childhood

and would like to turn back time

to days when life was innocent,

and everything was fine.

Image by Prawny from Pixabay
Image by Prawny from Pixabay | Source

Special Bonus Poem

Because I only wrote three pieces of poetry this week I decided to add a short nonsense poem by one of my favourite poets/song-writers as a special bonus (at no extra cost.) I hope you enjoy "Snowball" by Shel Silverstein.

Snowball

I made myself a snowball

As perfect as could be.

I thought I'd keep it as a pet

And let it sleep with me.

I made it some pajamas

And a pillow for its head.

Then last night it ran away,

But first it wet the bed.


by Shel Silverstein

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Image by skeeze from Pixabay | Source

Until Next Week

Once again I bid you all a fond adieu and wish you all the best for the coming days. The next edition of Poems From the Porch will feature poetry for:

Doris James Mizbejabbers

Brenda Arledge

Ann Carr

Bill Holland

See you next week on the Porch.


© 2019 John Hansen

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      That's ok Rinita, whenever you have a chance feel free to catch up with this series. It's never too late. It makes me happy to know you are enjoying these poems. Yes, we do have all those plants I mentioned in the garden. It is inviting and a nice place to sit and relax while watering. I would love to be a child again, so writing that poem brought back memories. Talk to you again soon.

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      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      I'm falling behind on reading this series but I'll catch up soon. I cannot decide which one I liked the best. I love your garden, though. It's so open and inviting. Do you really have all those flowers you mentioned? The childhood poem was just wow. Struck a chord deep enough, mixing pain with pleasure. Why can't we be children again? Great job keeping this beautiful series going.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Tiyasha, thank you for the kind comment. I have added “the four seasons” to my list.

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      Tiyasha Maitra 

      3 months ago from Gurgaon

      You have such a knack for nature poetry John. So I was wondering, how about a poem on the the 4 seasons and how you observe the changes from your porch.

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      Tiyasha Maitra 

      3 months ago from Gurgaon

      They are all very good. I liked the last two the best. Days when life was innocent is a poem I can so easily relate with. It made me nostalgic. I think our generation was the last to play outside, run about and not dwell in the video game world as much.

      Snowball brought a smile to my face. Such clever play of words in the last two lines.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Nikki. So glad you enjoyed those poems. I just checked where you request is on the list, and it will appear in Poems From the Porch 9. I hope you can wait until then.

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      Nikki Khan 

      3 months ago from London

      I loved her dream and snowball. Priceless indeed. When would your write about my topic? Looking forward to it.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading Lynne. I look forward to your request.

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      Lynne Samuel 

      3 months ago from Malaysia

      I like that you do these requests, I might have one soon

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading these poems, Abitha. I am glad you enjoyed them

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      Audrey Hunt 

      3 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Poems from the Porch - I love this title. Your Snowball poem is priceless and tickled me so. Days When Life was Innocents reminds me of my childhood and how free and trusting we all were.

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      Abitha 

      3 months ago from Chennai, Tamilnadu

      John,

      What fun to read your poems loved the Childhood poem and Snowball, so creative and funny.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I have to try to control that little imp at times, Cynthia. I am happy you liked these poems and the illustrations. Thank you.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and commenting, Mark. It is hard to go wrong choosing a feel-good Shel Silverstein poem to end a hub with.

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      Cynthia Zirkwitz 

      3 months ago from Vancouver Island, Canada

      Hahah-- I think a little imp was unleashed with the poem Dora requested-- finishing with that Shel Silverstein "Snowball" was brilliant. I loved all three of your poems. I also like the whimsical illustrations you've chosen to go with the poems. Good work!

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      Mark Tulin 

      3 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

      Great collection of poetry, John. And the Shel Silverstein was the icing on the cake. A tasty treat.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you manatita. I appreciate your generous comment.

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      manatita44 

      3 months ago from london

      Well, you have now got Hubber themes, I see. Great! I was asked to do a piece on Fire and also Black History Month.

      You continue to rhyme well and the innocence and naivete of the child is portrayed. There's also nature and life's struggle as is touched upon in the first poem. Nice one!

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It make me happy to hear my poetry is “relate-able little Shauna, especially due to the fact that I am writing them from my readers/friends suggestions. I am so glad you enjoyed these. Thank you.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      3 months ago from Central Florida

      John, these poems are all so relate-able. From not letting life's obstacles keep us from achieving our goals/dreams, to the versatility of gardening (as you pointed out, you don't have to have a green thumb to contribute to its beauty), to the innocence of childhood. Some of your younger readers may not feel the wave of nostalgia that we who grew up in that era do, but I'm sure they've heard stories of the way life was "way back when".

      I enjoyed all of these!

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Clive.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the lovely comment, Lora. It is a pity you can only grow cactus and dry weather flowering plants (even though I like succulents.) I am sure we have bleeding hearts here, though we don’t have any in our garden.

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      Lora Hollings 

      3 months ago

      I loved your poems this week, John, especially the one about Childhood. Yes, many times I wish I could go back there. Life seemed to be so much simpler then and also much more fun too. If you really wanted anything, all you had to do was to imagine it! You must have a beautiful garden with wild orchids, begonias and bromeliads. I used to grow begonias (one of my favorite flowers) when I lived in a much cooler climate. Now, I live in such a hot climate, nothing but cactus and a very limited number of flowering plants grow! Gardening use to be my passion. Another of my very favorite plants are bleeding hearts. Do they grow in Australia where you are? Loved the bonus poem too! That was very clever.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Ann yes, I too am enjoying the varied subjects people are asking me to write poems about. I always look forward to tackling the next batch.

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      Ann Carr 

      3 months ago from SW England

      All great poems, John, but my favourites are the garden and the childhood ones, with which I can closely identify.

      This series is so enjoyable because it's so varied.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and for your kind comment, ut kashy. Much appreciated.

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      ut kashy 

      3 months ago

      I loved reading your poems. The poem titled "Her Dream" was the best. It is encouraging.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Li-Jen, I am happy you enjoyed the garden poem you requested, and yes life was more innocent back when I was a child.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Linda, it is a pleasure to write these poems for my friends here at HubPages. I am glad you enjoyed them.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Nithya. I am glad you enjoyed these poems. Thanks for the compliment about my rhyme, it just seems to come natural. Yes, I will write you a poem about an oak tree. I did one quite a few years ago called “My Friend the Oak.”

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Brenda. I read “Snowball” recently and just had to include it. Glad you enjoyed them all.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      3 months ago

      Hi Jodah, it's satisfying to see you write pieces requested by Hubbers. I appreciate the effort that you put in for all of us and it was worth the wait. Thank you for fulfilling my request. I like the personal touch and details in the garden poem. I can see your love for your garden. Haha back when life was more innocent! It's true!

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      Linda Crampton 

      3 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for another enjoyable edition of "Poems From the Porch". I enjoyed reading the poems and seeing a photo of your cat. The snowball poem was very funny!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      3 months ago from Dubai

      I enjoyed reading all your poems. My favorite is the one about childhood. I am amazed at the way you write rhyming verse! I enjoy reading them.

      I love oak trees. Please can you write about an oak tree, I would love to read it.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      3 months ago from Washington Court House

      Oh john...your bonus one on Snowball made me chuckle. So great!

      I did enjoy the others as well...the gardening is always great.

      The one about the yesterdays of youth...the way kids used to be raised was touching...such a shame kids today no nothing of this.

      Grest write.

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      Clive Williams 

      3 months ago from Jamaica

      very creative indeed. I liked the dreamer.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, I appreciate you following this series.

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      Liz Westwood 

      3 months ago from UK

      Three top quality poems. I liked them all. Each one paints a detailed picture in my mind.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      MsDora, I am so happy that you liked the poem I wrote for you. It seems many have similar memories about growing up as though we did all play together.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      That was great to hear, Ruby. I am glad these brightened your day.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Flourish. Much appreciated.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Rasma. Cheers.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Glad I enabled you to relive your childhood memories Linda. Yes, Shel Silverstein was great. Blessings.

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      Dora Weithers 

      3 months ago from The Caribbean

      John, the narrative in the first poem, and the description in the second are excellent, but the satisfaction in the one you did for me is off the chart. I've read and re-read it and will read some more. Seems like we played together. There was never a father in my house, but I see my uncles and neighbors in the male figure you mention. Sheer genius. A bucketful of thanks!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I had a smile on my face as I read your poems, then when I got to Snowball, I laughed out loud. I loved them all!

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      FlourishAnyway 

      3 months ago from USA

      The one by Artchelle — you were really on your game there!

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      3 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Enjoyed them all and had a chuckle with Snowball absolutely delightful

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      Linda Lum 

      3 months ago from Washington State, USA

      All enjoyable, but my favorite is the one about childhood memories--that is how I grew up; thank you for taking us back there for a little while. Shel Silverstein was such a talent.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Bill, I am happy to know you are enjoying this series and I hope your blessings come true and the series and writer have long fruitful lives lol. Same to you.

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      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I liked them all but loved the garden poem the best. This is such a fun series. May it have a long and fruitful life, like its writer.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Eric, I am honoured when my writing can make you go away and contemplate, and also that it inspires you to try poetry. What a great line that is from a Byrds' song too. I feel that way sometimes.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      "Some can pot petunias and some can prune a rose," I went out to my very own personal stars in the sky and pondered this, I was thinking that this is why I try poetry. I am not so good at Petunias.

      I sometimes contemplate when I went back to "I was so much older then I am younger that now" // Byrds //

      John you do a service here in your connection for us into a love of life.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Pamela. Glad you could relate MsDora's poem to your childhood. Life certainly has changed.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Charlie. I always appreciate your comment

      Shel Silverstein had a great sense of humour.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      3 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Each poem was uniquely different and excellent in my opinion. I like Ms Dora's poem as that is just how I grew up. Life has changed so much now. I look forward to you next edition of poems.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Lori, I appreciate that kind comment, Lori., OK, putting that request on the list "A poet crafting a poem.)

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      Charlie Halliday 

      3 months ago from Scotland

      Another wonderful selection of poetry from your porch and good to finish with a laugh.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Lorna. I am glad you enjoyed the Childhood poem. We did the same, were free to do our own thing until it was time to eat.

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      Lori Colbo 

      3 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      These were lovely. The childhood one I found especially endearing and nostalgic. Being a child back then was extremely different than today.

      Enjoying this series.

      I'd love to hear a poem about a poet crafting a poem.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      3 months ago

      I loved the poem about childhood John which brought back fond memories of days by the river. We went off on our bikes and came back when we were hungry. The snowball poem made we smile. Another enjoyable selection from the porch.

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Artchelle, I am glad you liked the poem. By all means use it in your Notes App for motivation if you so desire. That is a compliment.

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      Artchelle Arcillas 

      3 months ago from Philippines

      Awwww... I am in so much bliss with the poem you wrote in line with my request, Jodah. :)

      I'd like to keep your poem on my Notes App as part of my motivation routine. I hope it's alright :)

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      John Hansen 

      3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Well, thank you for that generous comment, Poeticnurse. I really appreciate it, and glad you had a feeling of being present in what I described.

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      Poeticnurse 

      3 months ago from Nigeria

      Wow Wow.

      You knitted the words so beautifully well till I felt present in it John Hansen. Thank you for putting this out.

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