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Poems From the Porch 8

Updated on February 7, 2020
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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The Requests Keep Coming

It's another lovely day out on the porch, sunny with a gentle breeze, so welcome, pull up a chair and enjoy this week's poetry requested by people you know, or maybe even you yourself.

This week features poems suggested by:

Doris James Mizbejabbers

Brenda Arledge

Ann Carr

Bill Holland, and Karen A Szklany

I apologise for this collection of poems being a little later than usual, but I have been busier than usual with other writing projects, so I have had to fit writing them in between other jobs.

Poetry is a beautiful way of expressing feelings ~ happy, sad, angry, caring. It's also a way that we share with other people, to help them with those feelings.

— Mattie Stepanek

Doris James MizBejabbers

"You write beauty and you write, well, maybe you could do a combination and call it the 'Beauty and the Beast.'"


Thank you for this request MizB. As you know I have been engaged in writing a short story with Chris Mills called Be Not Afraid. With it, in fact, being a beauty and the beast story I thought I would write a poem based on that story.

However, I had to hold off publishing this poem until the story was competed or this would have been a spoiler.

Expose yourself to your deepest fear, after that, fear has no power, and the fear of freedom shrinks and vanishes. You are free.

— Jim Morrison

Beauty and the Beast

Beth and Gerald were lovers,

Of that she'd reminisce,

For Gerald had simply vanished,

Without a farewell kiss.


They'd met at university,

Attending the same course.

A degree in Archaeology

Was their common cause.


Gerald went abroad, exploring

Ancient sites and ruins,

While Beth stayed home and studied.

They danced to different tunes.


An amulet that Gerald unearthed

Was affected by a curse.

The simple words, "Be Not Afraid,"

Made his life much, much worse.


Beth didn't know where he had gone,

Gerald seemed to disappear,

No reason why or fond goodbyes.

For his safety she held fears.


Two years passed and Beth moved on,

She went on with her life.

Immersing herself in her work,

She was nobody's wife.


Then one night as she walked alone

A beast leapt from the dark,

Intent to have her for its prey

In an alley cold and stark.


But as the horrid face appeared

Before her very own,

She realised that it was poor Gerald

the love she had once known.


"Be not afraid!" his only words,

But when she said his name

He ceased his planned violent attack

And fled to whence he'd came.


But things are not all carved in stone,

And Beth had found a cure,

To break the dreaded evil curse,

Make Gerald a beast no more.


She said the magic words aloud,

"Fear will set you free!"

Her Love transformed back to the man

He always used to be.


Beauty and the Beast
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Brenda Arledge

"My one suggestion would be...the true meaning of one's life."


This is a very worthy topic for a poem, Brenda. people have always been contemplating the meaning of life. I don't have all the answers but the following poem offers my thoughts.

“There is not one big cosmic meaning for all; there is only the meaning we each give to our life, an individual meaning, an individual plot, like an individual novel, a book for each person.”

— ― Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin

The Meaning of One's Life

We often ask the question,

"What is the meaning of one's life?"

Do we have a purpose here,

Special talents, skills, or gifts?


Each person is important

And unique in many ways.

We need to recognise our skills

And put them to good use.


We should be kind and generous,

And always try our best

To help all those around us,

With the talents we've been blessed.


True meaning's found in happiness,

To spread love and goodwill,

To give a smile, or lend a hand,

And write a poem or two.

Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from Pixabay
Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from Pixabay | Source

Ann Carr

"We've just had National Poetry Day (which I missed and for which I am currently sorting out a hub!). This year the subject was 'Truth' so my suggestion to you is to write some poems on that subject. You could always extend that to poems about 'Lies' or 'Questions'.... etc."


Thank you for your suggestion, Ann. I decided to write a sonnet I called Truth and Lies. it is actually my version of William Shakespeare's Sonnet 138.

I'm a poet, and I like my lies the way my mother used to make them.

— Alister Crowley

Truth and Lies ~ a Sonnet.

My love swears that she always tells the truth,

I believe her though I am sure she lies.

She tells me I'm still in the prime of youth

But I know latter middle-age applies.

I act as though she's right and I am young,

Although she really knows I'm past my best.

I must give credit to her fibbing tongue

Though both of us the simple truth supress.

So, how can I accuse her words unjust,

And claim she's wrong and I am really old?

Love's secret formula's selective truth,

And true love always keeps you young I'm told.


I do not question her about what's true

For better her kind lies than feeling blue.


 Night on the riverboat, Brisbane River
Night on the riverboat, Brisbane River | Source

Bill Holland

"Now, when you have the time, I submit my request for dragonflies."

Thank you for another request Bill.


Karen A Szklany

"My requests: Dragonflies, Sunflowers, Pumpkins

Extra challenge ~ haiku"

Karen, as you and Bill both suggested "dragonflies" I have combined your requests into one and written it in haiku style as was your request. Your other two subjects: "sunflowers" and "pumpkins" will appear next week.

Dragonfly, Image by liggraphy from Pixabay
Dragonfly, Image by liggraphy from Pixabay | Source

Dragonflies ~ Haiku

Pretty dragonfly

with your iridescent wings,

skim the lily pond.


Early morning mist

gathers on the still water,

as you hover there.


Searching for your food,

and a place to lay your eggs,

watching you, delights.

Same Place Next Week

I hope you enjoyed this collection of poems and look forward to seeing you back on the porch again next week. I can't say, "same time," because the day and time of publishing varies depending on my other commitments and how difficult or otherwise the requests are.

Next weeks poems will be for:

Hari Prasad S

Sean Dragon

Karen A Szklany

Nikki khan

Just Because I Like Her

© 2019 John Hansen

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see you on the porch, Karen. I love that you enjoyed the dragonfly haiku especially.

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      Karen A Szklany 

      4 months ago from New England

      Wow ~ FINALLY I make it over to read your fresh poems from your porch, and what great poems they are, John/Jodah! Thank you!

      Enjoyed your 3 haiku about a dragonfly. ~:0)

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for checking out another in the series Shannon, and for the request. Story/poems are actually my favourite to write. I have added that to my list. So glad you liked Jessica...she is a great artist and one of the most popular here in Australia. She was actually our representative at the last Eurovision song contest too.

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      Shannon Henry 

      4 months ago from Texas

      Trying to work my way back through this series. I like what you did with that Beauty and the Beast prompt. Your poem tells the entire story of Gerald in a condensed form and is a story by itself. It almost reminds me of some song lyrics. So if I were to make a request, I think I'd request another poem similar to that one. One that tells a story. Oh, and speaking of songs, thanks for the introduction to Jessica.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading Nithya. Glad you joyed the haiku.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      4 months ago from Dubai

      Enjoyed reading all the poems, loved the haiku.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Gypsy. I'll do my best to keep writing them for as long as I get requests.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      4 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Loved them all and keep them coming,

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey, thanks Chris, I am glad you approved, and enjoyed the other poems. Cheers my friend.

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      Chris Mills 

      4 months ago from Green Bay, Wisconsin...for now

      John, you captured the entire story, Be Not Afraid, in a poem. That is amazing as are the other poems in this hub. Poetry on demand.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Swalia. I like the diversity of subjects requested. Your comment is greatly appreciated.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      4 months ago from India

      Interesting set of poems on different themes. Creativity at its best!

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Devika. Yes, if we do everything in love we are bound to win in the end. Thanks for reading.

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      Devika Primić 

      4 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I loved it! In the nd love wins and you say it all in a creative mind.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Brenda, thank you for such an encouraging comment. I am glad you enjoy my poetry and happy that it inspires you in some way.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Lynne. Love is a very powerful thing. It could even save Gerald.

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      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for following the series, Linda. I am enjoying the challenge writing the poems others request.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      4 months ago from Washington Court House

      Your poetry never lets me down. You inspire me with your ability to write these poems from suggestions.

      I loved the Beauty and the Beast.

      It is true we are all important and unique in many ways... I enjoyed your concept on this one.

      Great writing as usual.

      Thank you.

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      Lynne Samuel 

      4 months ago from Malaysia

      I love it that Gerald has a happy ending here. Oh the power of love!

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      Linda Crampton 

      4 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is another interesting set of poems. You're creating a very enjoyable series, John.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      So good to see you Demas. I greatly appreciate that comment.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      MsDora, it is a great compliment to hear that you share my poetry with your friends on your own porch. Thank you for your kind words.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I always love your quotes, Sean’ You could write a book of just them .hank you for your constant support and encouragement, my brother.

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      Demas W Jasper 

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

      Seeing you are still gloriously at it, is poetry in itself.

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      Dora Weithers 

      5 months ago from The Caribbean

      Jodah, your poems are such great content for my friends and me on my own porch. So relaxing and so meaningful, although on such varied topics. Glad to communicate with the poetic genius that you are!

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 

      5 months ago from Greece, Almyros

      "Poetry is like a ship, you can use it for a pleasant boat ride, but you can also live with it a life adventure." - Sean Dragon

      Thank you for this wonderful adventure, my brother, John! Blessed to be a part of it! My words are really short of expressing my admiration for your talent, so, I only send you my Love and prayers!

      I admire every Soul who spread the Light!

      Sean

      PS: I loved the video, I didn't know her!

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Jason, thanks for confirming “Beauty and the Beast” complimented “Be Not Afraid” instead of detracting from it.

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      Jason Nicolosi 

      5 months ago from AZ

      Yes! I loved "Beauty and the Beast" my man Gerald, I love him. Thanks for writing this. A great compliment to "Be Not Afraid".

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Ruby, thank you as always for following me and appreciating what I do. I probably like ‘Truth and Lies” the most too, and yes Shauna’s request is an excellent one.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      You are too kind Shauna. Jessica Mauboy is an Aboriginal Australian who was discovered through Australian Idol a few years back She is a wonderful person and singer. Yes, you make a good point of what she could have added to the song and I will certainly add “Finding Yourself” to the list.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Lora. Yes, a bit of a lesson or advice never hurts now and then as a reminder, Glad you liked those two poems especially.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the kind words Rosina. Yes, you certainly may make a request. You can ask me here in comments or email me through ‘contact author’ on my profile page.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Lorna. Who doesn’t love dragonflies. It is nice they remind you of your time in Australia. I felt like I was cheating a little with ‘Beauty and the Beast’...using the storyline from ‘Be Not Afraid’ but I am happy people liked it.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, Linda, it was quite a different tone this week. I guess it depends on the topics an maybe my mood as well. A touch of Shakespeare never hurts.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading and enjoying this series Pamela. I greatly appreciate your generous comments. We shall see what transpires next week.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks manatita, I do my best. Peace.

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Ann, I am pleased you liked the result of your request and yes, ‘Advice from a Dragonfly’ was a must add. Cheers.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      5 months ago from Southern Illinois

      How talented you are John! I especially liked Shauna's request for a future poem. There are many of us that could relate to picking ourselves up and moving on. I liked all the poems today. If I had to pick and choose, it would be ' Truth And Lies .

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      5 months ago from Central Florida

      John, once again you've risen to the challenge with your exemplary poetry.

      I didn't know of Jessica Mauboy until now. I strongly related to her song. One thing I would have liked for her to have done is turn the "things will never be the same" around to her correcting her life.

      In that vein, I've thought of another topic for your Poems From the Porch. Many of us have traveled down the wrong path in life. Those of us who recognize that WE are the ones who can determine the future of our destiny, either pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and move forward, or spiral into a self-inflicted hell.

      So, (although I've already given you a topic of which you've addressed), I'd like to see you write a poem about finding yourself.

      Thanks, my friend. I love what you do and who you are.

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      Lora Hollings 

      5 months ago

      A job well done, John! I especially liked the haiku, Dragonflies and The Meaning of One's Life. Extending a helping hand and being kind can make such a difference in the life of another. Thanks for this reminder!

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      Rosina S Khan 

      5 months ago

      I loved your exquisite poems, John. Is there a way I could request you something like the others? If yes, how?

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      Lorna Lamon 

      5 months ago

      I loved 'Beauty and the Beast' and how it related to your recent story. The dragonfly was a reminder of Australia for me. I loved to watch them skim the water so gracefully. I particularly liked the advice 'Just wing it' - I can definitely relate to this. Such a lovely collection John beautifully crafted.

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      Linda Lum 

      5 months ago from Washington State, USA

      A much different tone this week, all done well. Shakespeare would be pleased.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      5 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I really enjoy your porch poems each week based on everyone's request. You never disappoint!

      This weeks poems on the dragon fly and truth and lies was excellent. I particularly like Doris's request as it was an appropriate end to your scary story. I look forward to next week as well.

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      manatita44 

      5 months ago from london

      Interesting request or collections. Still, you have managed to do a very decent job. Peace.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 months ago from SW England

      Love the 'Advice from a Dragonfly'!

      Thanks for responding to my suggestion, John. An amusing and somewhat true-to-life reply; we all embellish the truth about our loves!

      All the poems are great. You do well to respond to so many varied requests.

      Ann

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It was my pleasure, Bill. Thanks for following the series. Tell Bev thanks too.

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      Bill Holland 

      5 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This is such a fun series, John! Thanks for my dragonfly poem. I loved it, of course, as did Bev. Dragonflies are her favorite insects, so we both say thank you!

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you very much Iqra. I really appreciate your generous comment. Glad it inspired you.

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      Iqra 

      5 months ago from Pakistan

      This is nicely penned, nice images and features, smart and clever write, thanks for sharing...

      extremely amazing writing!

      inspired

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      John Hansen 

      5 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Eric. Cheers.

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      Eric Dierker 

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

      Inspirational in talent.

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