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Poems from the Porch 16 ~ New Year 2020

Updated on December 31, 2019
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John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically he just loves to write.

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Welcome to the New Year

Well, another Christmas and in fact another year is done. 2019 was a tough one for many of us but we survived it and move on into 2020. Happy New Year to you all! Let's make this the best one yet. If you made resolutions..good luck!

Thanks for visiting the porch, the first for the year. The poems are a little light on but I hope you enjoy them. Just take a seat and relax as we read them together.

Manatita

"I do not believe that you can't do free verse and yes, you have done it. Free verse allows for much creativity and innovation. So try something on nature. Easy peasy. No rhyme!!

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Nature

1. uncountable noun

Nature is all the animals, plants, and other things in the world that are not made by people, and all the events and processes that are not caused by people.

The most amazing thing about nature is its infinite variety.

(Collins Dictionary)


Source

I wonder if the snow loves the trees and fields, that it kisses them so gently? And then it covers them up snug, you know, with a white quilt; and perhaps it says 'Go to sleep, darlings, till the summer comes again.

— Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Nature ~ the Poem

Nature is all things in the world

Not made or caused by man-

Plants, animals, the landscape,

And products of the Earth.


We need to respect Nature

In all her many forms,

Protect her and work with her

To keep the Earth renewed.


Sometimes called Mother Nature,

Mother Earth or Gaia too.

A nurturing and guiding force

That gave life to us all.


The climate now is changing

Though may not be caused by man.

Fires and flood and record snow

Are worsening every year.


We need to stop polluting,

Hunting, poaching too,

Cease the overuse of fossil fuels,

And change to renewables.


We must get back to Nature,

Be part of her big scheme.

We're all just animals after all,

So, let's regain her trust.

Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay
Image by Jill Wellington from Pixabay | Source

Crezyl Joy Villa Sabrido

"Hello John good evening. I just wanted to share to you that I am in love with the moon and I love to look at it every time. I like how the clouds surround it like a masterpiece. So regarding my request, can I ask a poem for the moon?"


Thank you Crezyl. The moon is a very popular subject. I hope you enjoy these couple of poems with a moon theme.

Everyone is a moon and has a dark side which he never shows to anybody

— Mark Twain

Oh What a Wonder is Our Moon

Oh what a wonder is our Moon,

In French, it's known just as "la Lune."

Beneath it lovers kiss and swoon.

It's good to rhyme, even with spoon.


Some famous singers like to croon,

It's the subject of many a tune,

Like Sinatra's "Fly Me to the Moon."

There is a bird that's called a loon.


A thuggish person's called a goon,

Something that benefits is a boon.

A demolished building's left in ruin,

A cartoon character is a toon.


If I could choose to go their soon

My choice of flight's hot air balloon.

So, let's go to the Moon in June

Providing there is no typhoon.

The Moon, Image by Mystic Art Design from Pixabay
The Moon, Image by Mystic Art Design from Pixabay | Source

The Sun and Moon

Handsome Mr Sun bows eloquently, fare-welling another day,

The star taking leave as dusk’s curtain closes.

Meanwhile, beautiful Miss Moon waits patiently backstage

For her turn as the night’s leading lady.


The Earth’s inhabitants watch like a fan-filled audience

Staring in awe at the flawless celestial performance,

Though they have seen this play many times before

Their standing ovation calls for an encore next morn at dawn.


The production in its infinite season

The cast unchanged since the beginning of time.

Day after day every evening and morning

Repeating the performance we never want to end.


Behind the Scenes

The sun and moon are often depicted as lovers who are destined to never meet. In this poem, they are described as the leading actor and actress in a play, alas still destined to never meet but to light up the stage individually with their brilliance. Sunrise and sunset, day and night.

Bye Now. Don't Forget to Return Next Week

I hope you enjoyed these poems enough to want to visit the porch again next week. If you do you will read poems requested by: Devika Prmic, Liz Westwood, and Ann Carr. Don't forget if you have a request just ask and your wish will be my command. Until then bye-bye.

© 2019 John Hansen

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    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Rasma.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      17 months ago from Daytona Beach, Florida

      Enjoyed them all but especially the poems about the moon.

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      John Hansen 

      17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Great to see you Rinita. Thank you for reading these poems and for your kind words an concerns. It seems like the whole country has been burning, so many homes lost, not to mention lives of people and animals. We are safe here at the moment but if we don’t get rain soon I hate to think what will happen. I hope all is well with you too.

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      Rinita Sen 

      17 months ago

      I have missed many of these in between but it's all so fresh and great to read. I loved the Sun and the Moon, the comparisons with actors and the stage, incredible!

      On a separate note, I keep hearing scary stories about Australia. Hope things are well with you and your near and dear ones.

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      John Hansen 

      17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It is never too late to visit the porch, Shaloo. Thank you for reading and the kind comment. Happy New Year to you also.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      17 months ago from India

      Lovely poems. 'Nature' drives home the important message of 'respecting nature'. I loved 'The Sun and The Moon'...So beautifully penned.

      And though I am a little late but better late than never...Wish you a very happy and prosperous new year!!

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      John Hansen 

      17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Cheryl. Which one?

    • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

      John Hansen 

      17 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Shauna. Yes, the Sun and the Moon two of my favourite celestial bodies.

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      Cheryl E Preston 

      17 months ago from Roanoke

      Thank you for this insightful poem.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      17 months ago from Central Florida

      What a fun way to start the new year, John! I love the sun and the moon. They're magical orbs that never cease to amaze.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Verlie. Much appreciated.

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      Verlie Burroughs 

      18 months ago from Canada

      John, I enjoyed your presentation of the sun and moon viewed as a sort of lavish Broadway stage spectacle that we lucky earthlings get to partake in, and never want to see end.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Lora. Thank you for reading these poems and I am glad they helped start the New Year off nicely. I hope the New Year brings rain to Australia because many places are experiencing near-apocalyptic conditions due to the bush fire crisis. All the best to you.

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      Lora Hollings 

      18 months ago

      What wonderful poems to start the New Year off, John! All of them remind us of the beauty of nature and taking solace in its steady cycles of seasons and marking time. I just love the last poem about the Sun and Moon! Beautifully done. Happy New Year to you.

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      manatita44 

      18 months ago from london

      Good for you. Nice to enter the New Year with some cash in hand. I got just over 1300 from NZ. I worked there in 2006 - 2007 and the Tax man gave me a refund. Who said that there's no God? Lol.

      I'm usually very lucky like that. I spent a great deal in Africa and I'm not working now. So Grace intervenes. Sweettt!!

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much, Ruby. Happy New Year.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I loved them all, esp. " Fly Me To The Moon " I can't write a poem without rhyming, so bravo!

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you manatita. Yes, I wasn't entirely happy with the "Nature" poem either. It is ok but I also felt it was a little too formal. I think there a a couple of reasons. I was concentrating too much on making it NOT RHYME more than the creativity. Also, I had just been hired to write a poem/story about Greta Thurberg's (climate change and environmental activist) and a week in her life so my mind was still in that mode. The last poem "Sun and Moon" was the most creative. I appreciate your input and guidance. Peace.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you so much, Nithya. Yes, I like that poem myself. Happy New Year to you and yours.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Liz. Actually, this Nature poem was written before my article "life As we Know It" but I tried to hold publishing this until New Year. thank you for your generous comment. Happy New year to you.

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      manatita44 

      18 months ago from london

      All three poems are excellent. However, your last poem is closer to what I was asking for and 'Behind the Scenes', has some very good lines.

      'Nature' is formal, to the point and interestingly, I can almost feel the rhyming metre in it. Look at Keats:

      'Season of mists and yellow fruitfulness.'

      'A thing of beauty is a joy forever.'

      Or Blake's, Auguries of Innocence:

      To see the world in a grain of sand

      and a heaven in a wild-flower.

      Hold eternity in the palm of your hand,

      And infinity in an hour.'

      Finally, here is a spontaneous take on your most magical photo by Jill Wellington:

      'Perched on the sacred branch of Love,

      Her yellow blends into the pageantry of leaves,

      dancing with the heavens.

      The skylined silhouette, like the grandeur of the soul,

      Lights of with an untold magnificence … a poise,

      reminiscent of the perched song-bird, nestling in the serenity of Silence.'

      So great! Just a little more creativity, that's all. Peace.

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      Nithya Venkat 

      18 months ago from Dubai

      Lovely poems I enjoyed reading all of them. The poem Sun and Moon is beautiful! Happy New Year to you and your family.

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      Liz Westwood 

      18 months ago from UK

      Lovely selection of poetry again. I can see a link between your nature poem and your last hub. Which came first, this poem or the article? You have a great gift of painting a picture with poetry and also of incredible versatility as evidenced in your poems on the moon and also the sun. Happy New Year.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Li-Jen. Happy New Year to you. good to see you here on the porch. Thank you for the interesting comment.

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      Li-Jen Hew 

      18 months ago

      Happy New Year Jodah! Thanks for sharing and I was amused at the "we are animals" part so let's get Nature to trust us. It's poking fun at humans for destroying Nature. A lot of thinking for the rhymes and I think you are an expert at rhyming already. And agreed, the moon and the sun are not fated to be together!

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Lorna, great to see you. I hope all went well over Christmas and wish you all the best for the New Year. Glad you enjoyed The Sun and Moon, and yes, Bruno Mars is good.

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      Lorna Lamon 

      18 months ago

      Just lovely John and there is such a timeless quality about "The Sun and Moon". A wonderful way to start the year. I love Bruno Mars.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Brenda, you can go back and read the others anytime. I understand why you chose to read this one while current. Thank you for the generous comment. So glad you enjoyed the moon poem and the Bruno Mars video.

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      BRENDA ARLEDGE 

      18 months ago from Washington Court House

      Forgive me John for jumping ahead...I still have a few back ones to read.

      I wanted to read this one on the New Year.

      As always you do a fantastic write. I loved the poems on the moon.

      The music video by Bruno Mars was an excellent choice.

      I hope you have a wonderful start to the new year.

      Happy New Year!

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I always greatly appreciate your reading and commenting MsDora. Thanks for the kind comment on this series.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for such encouraging words Audrey. I would be honoured to write a poem dedicated to Todd. Blessings.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Flourish, I love those wishes. I wish you and yours a wonderful new year as well.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey Clive, thank you for stopping by. Glad you found the moon poem funny.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for stopping by Victoria, Glad you enjoyed, and Happy New Year to you.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Crezyl, I am so glad you enjoyed the Moon poems. Thank you for following my writing, and God bless you back.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for your comment and opinion Elijah. Yes, the first day of New Year was good thanks.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for the kind comment Linda. Yes, it is a beautiful world. Have a great New Year.

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      Dora Weithers 

      18 months ago from The Caribbean

      Poems from the Porch has been among the outstanding series this year. This episode featuring objects in nature have been enjoyable as usual. You continually rise to and above the challenge! Happy New Year!

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      Audrey Hunt 

      18 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Thank you so much for this wonderful series, John. Clearly, there is no end to your poetic talent. "Handsome Mr. Sun..." - I love this! I laughed at the last 2 lines in your "Moon" poem:

      "So, let's go to the Moon in June

      Providing there is no typhoon."

      Eager to read the next "Poems from the Porch."

      May I request a poem dedicated to my son, Todd, who passed from cancer, at the age of 42. He was the single father of 4 children (the mother abanded them all) and lived for those kids. He had a huge heart and took in any child who needed a place to stay or a meal to eat. (Just a little background.)

      Thank you, John

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      FlourishAnyway 

      18 months ago from USA

      Happy New Year! Hoping that you and your family (including the furry ones) have a poetic 2020 full of rhyming and reason, fancy and whimsy. I’m looking forward to reading more from you in the year to come!

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      Clive Williams 

      18 months ago from Jamaica

      moon poem was a LOL...happy new years John

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      Victoria Lynn 

      18 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      These are wonderful! My favorite is "Oh What a Wonder is Our Moon." The rhyme is infectious and made me smile! Happy New Year!

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      Crezyl 

      18 months ago from Philippines

      Oh John, I so love it! Thank you for responding to my request. Have my heart ❤ I am very much happy with it. God bless you always. Happy new year ❤ I will always be your avid reader, a great supporter and I will always be a fan of your works.

      Love Crezyl ❤

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 

      18 months ago from Washington DC

      I enjoyed them all, John, but I disagree with "Collins Dictionary" definition. Because everything se see on earth will be seen again at the same time in another cycle like the dance between the sun and moon continue to repeat those scenarios.

      I hope the beginning day of Down Under's year 2020 was full of happiness and for joy reigns for you and yours the whole year through!!!

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      Linda Lum 

      18 months ago from Washington State, USA

      John what a beautiful world we have been blessed with; you've captured that "specialness" so very well and I love that quote from Lewis Carroll. Thank you for continuing this series.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Ruby. I appreciate that.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for being a regular follower Pamela. I greatly appreciate it. Happy New Year.

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      John Hansen 

      18 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks Bill. MUD...really?? Consider it done lol. Happy New Year.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      18 months ago from Southern Illinois

      How could we not love these poems? They're beautiful!

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      18 months ago from Sunny Florida

      These are beautiful poems about nature and the moon. I really enjoy this series and look forward to it each week.

      Have a Happy New Year, John.

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      Bill Holland 

      18 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I love this series and I'm in awe of your talent. My next request is........

      drum roll, please.......MUD!

      Happy New Year my friend!

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