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Updated on June 26, 2016
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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.

This is just a small collection of poems related to plants, gardens and nature in general. I love the final poem of the three (though not written by me) which does a wonderful job of comparing a garden to a poem.

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God's Garden

by John Hansen © 2015

Stop and listen to the birds

Chirping and singing

Celebrating the freedom of flight.

Beautiful coloured feathers

Glistening,

Spreading to catch the sun.

Ants march busily,

Tireless workers gathering food

To feed the colony.

Bountiful,

Trees and shrubs abound,

Flowering,

Cleansing our precious air,

Attracting rain

To refresh our parched land.

Small native bees and honey bees

Sharing flowers and gathering pollen,

Golden honey to produce.

Nature's glory

Welcome to God's garden.

John Denver sings The Garden Song

Butterflies on the bottle-brush in my garden.
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Butterfly

by John Hansen (c) 2012

Butterfly upon a flower

Many realize not your power.

See your beauty and your grace

Watch you fly from place to place.

Without knowing what you are

Children place you in a jar.

Without you, no flowers we'd see

Pollination could not be.

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The Garden Poem

(this poem was one I read in a book by Monty Python, I think it may have been "Monty Python's Big Red Book". It does a great job comparing a garden to a poem, so I included it here)

My garden reminds me of a poem

Though it's full of flowers, not words

Instead of rhyme, there's parsley and thyme

And in place of stanzas, there's birds.


There is no metre, but something neater

It's rows of lettuce and peas.

Instead of vowels there're spades and trowels

And the beautiful buzzing of bees.


My garden has a compost bin

And scented shrubs as well.

But where a poem portrays a thought

My garden has a smell.


My poems are like a garden

Without the flowers and birds.

Without the trees and minus bees

And instead of plants - there's words.

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Chitrangada. I am pleased that you enjoyed these poems, photos and even the title. It is always great to receive your kind comments.

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      John Hansen 

      2 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much Vellur. I appreciate your comment greatly.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 

      2 years ago from New Delhi, India

      Beautiful expressions in your poems--God's garden and Butterfly! Awesome garden and a beautiful tribute.

      Loved your title--so suitable and wonderful colourful pictures.

      Thanks for sharing this wonderful hub!

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      Nithya Venkat 

      2 years ago from Dubai

      Beautiful! God's garden detailed in all it beauty!

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Hahaha... I'll be good.

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      Merida Craze 

      4 years ago

      Well that depends if you're good boy or not... if you're good then let's just say you will be like a citizen of Disney Land and you wont mind being locked up all day and night lol..

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Aneegma :)

      What a way to go...haha...I could be your own special poet laureate. Just one question, do I get fed and looked after? Now I'm in a quandary, I am not sure whether to write another 'beautiful' poem or not..haha. The threat of a spanking could actually be an encouragement to write many more....changing the subject....I am glad these poems gave you your mojo back to fix up your garden. Good luck with that, oh and thanks for the vote up.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Eric, you plant many a seed with your words that grows into wonderful poems. I'm sure you' have a garden eventually. Poetry and gardening can compliment each other.

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      Merida Craze 

      4 years ago

      That's it Jodah, you have forced me to do what I really didn't want to do. I am coming to kidnap you and lock you up and hide the key so you can only entertain me with these gorgeous poems day and night! Beautiful, absolutely beautiful poem and I've got my mojo now to go fix my garden lol. If you write another heart touching poem then I'm just gonna spank you and well... ok am getting carried away. Voted up!

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      Eric Wayne Flynn 

      4 years ago from Providence, Rhode Island

      I want a garden, eventually, until then I'll plant words. It's always great to see growth and life. Pleasant feel to this work.

      EWF

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for commenting Jamie. Good luck with the garden. Get the kids to help you.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 

      4 years ago from Reno NV

      It is time to start working in our yard, the trees need watering and flowers need planting. Thank you for your poems I enjoyed them. Jamie

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I have added a poem and a video here.

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      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Sunshine, I appreciate your reading. You may also like "My Garden of Delight."

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Terrific tribute to your garden! :)

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      4 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Ah MizBejabbers', so glad you found it, and thanks for leaving such a kind comment. Much appreciated.

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      Doris James-MizBejabbers 

      4 years ago from Beautiful South

      Finally found it, and what a wonderful analogy the whole poem is. If Billybuc had a contest for analogies, I'd vote for you as the winner.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Aw Kim, thank you once again. I was totally floored to receive 'hug of the day'. All my amazing fellow hubbers inspire and encourage me in my writing. I'm on my way to read more of your wonderful hubs.

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      ocfireflies 

      5 years ago from North Carolina

      Another stellar hub! Plus, congratulations on Hug of the Day!

      One of your many fans,

      Kim

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the beautiful comments anglnwu and for visiting.

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      anglnwu 

      5 years ago

      Since I like plants and flowers a whole lot, this poem rings a bell--a nice chime that soothes the soul. Thanks for sharing.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you JPSO13

      I hope you get a garden one day. Are you affected by the typhoon that hit the Philippines, either personally or called to help as a paramedic?

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      JPSO138 

      5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

      How I wish a have a garden. What makes it more interesting is you have a poem that goes along with it...

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you drbj, always good to receive your kind comments,

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      drbj and sherry 

      5 years ago from south Florida

      What a lovely garden, Jodah. Your poem and your images are lovely, too.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      I appreciate those kind comments Jackie. Yes those three things seem to go together rather well, don't they.

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      Jackie Lynnley 

      5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Love this, it is poems and flowers and photos of nature...just all a beautiful circle!

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Wayne, always good to get your kind comments.

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      Wayne Barrett 

      5 years ago from Clearwater Florida

      Your creativity shines! : )

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for visiting Ann, I'm glad you found this little poem enjoyable. I'll have to return the favour and check out your own hubs. Thanks for the kind comments.

      Good to see you as always Flourish, you know your work is enjoyed when others continue to follow your new hubs. Thanks again for your generous words.

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      FlourishAnyway 

      5 years ago from USA

      This was beautiful and clever, and seeing the images of your garden, you are absolutely right. Voted up and more, and sharing.

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      Ann Carr 

      5 years ago from SW England

      I love this and the way it turns around! Very clever, amusing and so true! Up, beautiful, funny and interesting. Ann

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Jon, for you very kind comments.

      Thanks Laurie, I hope you have the opportunity to have a house and gardens again.

      LVidoni5, I agree it's a great vege. I like zucchini, tomato, onion and mushrooms. Also good with eggs for breakfast.

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      Brian Loewer 

      5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Lol nice. Had to mention it. It's my go-to veggie with onions and eggs. Best breakfast!

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      Rayne123 

      5 years ago

      Beautiful vision given to this poem. How I miss my garden and a house.

      I love flowers and garden and nature right n the backyard

      Laurie

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      Jonathan McCloskey 

      5 years ago from Cinnaminson, New Jersey

      As a garden might be, your poem is vibrant and full of beauty. May your future 'buds' blossom into more wonderful 'flowers'.

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      John Hansen 

      5 years ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you LVidoni5,

      Glad you liked it. I haven't got zucchini growing at the moment, but have done so and will do in the future..haha.

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      Brian Loewer 

      5 years ago from Portland, Oregon

      Beautiful Poem.. any body with a garden is a fan by me. Especially if you grow zucchini!

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