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Rotten Eggs Smell (A Poem)

Updated on January 29, 2017
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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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Rotten Eggs Smell

Rumours can hurt more than sticks and stones.

A broken reputation heals slower than bones.


Gossip can spread like a raging wildfire.

Truth holds no value to a habitual liar.


Hold on to your values, and do what is right,

Don't bow to accusers who come in the night.

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Those who sling mud hope that it sticks,

Just stand your ground and throw back at them bricks.


Innuendo can hurt if accompanied by fact,

But that is the very thing it often lacks.


Hatred and jealousy oft' breed contempt,

Even the greatest from this aren't exempt.


Honesty wins at the end of the day,

So stay true to yourself and you'll find a way.


If you remain faithful, truthful, and just

Those who cause scandal will eat all your dust.


Good news is no news, bad news is what sells,

But always remember that rotten eggs smell.

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      Venkatachari M 3 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      A good message to people. It is true that bad and fake news sell more fastly than truth and reality. But, at the end, it is the truth that wins eventually even though it may take a long time.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, that is true Venkatachari. Truth and honesty win out in the end, and don't leave you feeling guilty. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 months ago from Texas

      Awesome John, I love it, you must be talking about trump, and all the lies made up about Hillary.

      This reminds me of a poem My mom made up about a rotten egg.

      I also loved the pictures

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      Sakina Nasir 3 months ago from Kuwait

      Such a lovely poem. In some lines, you have explained the title "Rotten Eggs Smell" so wonderfully.

      I loved this last line:

      "Good news is no news, bad news is what sells,

      But always remember that rotten eggs smell."

      Great job! :)

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey, Shyron. I can't reveal who it is about :) Glad it reminded you of your mom's poem. Blessings.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello, Sakina. Thank you for your generous comment. Glad you particularly liked the last line too.

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      Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Hi Jodah...If I'm supposed to recognize the faces in the egg shells, I fail. But I love your talent for fascinating poetry. This one is simply another clever piece of work by our brilliant Jodah. I like your attitude, my friend! Paula

      (After all these years, I noticed the line in your bio about 2 of your poems having become songs! What are those songs, Jodah?!) How special.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for your kind comment, Paula. No, they are random faces.. I don't recognise them either. I wasn't brave enough to use faces people would recognise :)

      Oh, the two poems that have become songs are also hubs: "If I Could Write a Love Poem" It has been recorded by British/Israeli singer Tally Koren. She contacted me recently and sent me a CD of the recording. She is going to release it this year on an album and possibly as a single. The other is "On the Road to Kingdom Come" which has been recorded by fellow hubber friend Al Wordlaw (Word55).

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      Tim Mitchell 3 months ago from Escondido, CA

      I loved the ending giving a chuckle with a bit of a gotcha'. I had to go back and read with the intent of wafting eggs of the past as they rotted. Pee-Eww they surely stunk.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you for reading this, Tim. Good to hear the ending gave you a chuckle. Beware those rotten eggs.

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      Clive Williams 3 months ago from Nibiru

      Slanderous words are like an infection. Takes time to heal

      Good poem Jodah.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Yes, they are, Clive. Thanks for reading.

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      SA Williams 3 months ago from Earth

      Great poem Jodah :) I Loved it. Awesome choice regarding the images. The faced eggs are creepy :) lol

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi, SA. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I just had to use those images of the eggs with faces. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

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      Bill Holland 3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      That smell is coming from Washington D.C., just in case you were wondering about its source. :)

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Haha Bill, I know that isn't really a laughing matter but I can smell it from here. Thanks for reading.

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      Shyron E Shenko 3 months ago from Texas

      I read your stuff to Hubby and he said you are a fantastic writer.

      Blessings my friend

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Shyron, tell your hubby "Thank you" from me. That is really appreciated.

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      SA Williams 3 months ago from Earth

      You're Welcome Jodah :) LOL @Bill :)

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      Nithya Venkat 3 months ago from Dubai

      Great poem with an important message, honesty always wins and the best thing at the end of the day is to stay true to oneself and rumours will definitely bite the dust.

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      Luke Holm 3 months ago

      Nice poem, Jodah! I really liked the underlying theme and its analogy to rotten eggs. I think you had a lot of strong messages in this poem. If only the world understand how powerful this corruption/brainwashing can be. I liked everything about the poem, but thought the lines, "Hatred and jealousy oft' breed contempt, / Even the greatest from this aren't exempt" were off meter. The rest, for me, was flawless. Thank you for sharing :)

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

      Well I am sure you know that with a little one that sulfur smell causes more laughing than worrying.

      I also think that in your year of the Rooster some of the cuckleberries will cause just such a stir.

      Great poem to keep seriousness at arms length.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Bill stole my line. Rotten eggs sure do smell and gossip hurts. A great message in your poetic style.

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      Larry Rankin 3 months ago from Oklahoma

      Very reflective.

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      rjbatty 3 months ago from Irvine

      I've never smelled a rotten egg but can imagine it must be egregious. The point of the poem is to detect truth from falsehood, or so I guess. This poem is very relevant in today's world where opinion gets mixed up with actual fact. I've become very sensitive to truth and just as sensitive to falsehood disguised as truth. Sometimes it's hard to detect the odor of things, so I take everything with a "grain of salt." We all need to do this.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      RJ, there is not much that smells worse than a rotten egg. There is so much falsehood disquised as truth out there e.g. "Alternative facts" that it is hard to know what to believe. Yes, we do need to "take everything with a grain of salt." Thanks for reading.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Bellur, that is so true.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for reading and for the insightful comment, Luke. To tell you the truth I wrote those two line(stanza) on the spur of the moment just before publishing. I thought the poem was a little short? Maybe that is why it's a little "off meter." I don't know if you know much about "quilting" (of which my wife is an expert. But every quilt is supposed to have a deliberate mistake somewhere within it e.g. a piece stitched back the front, upside down etc. usually so it isn't obvious but it can be found by someone discerning. I think many of my poems are like that :) Yes, there is a lot of brainwashing going on in the world and people don't realise it's happening to them.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Believe me, Eric. I have done my share of dealing with rotten cackleberries. My hen's free range so they often lay eggs in unexpected places that take me awhile to find. If I find some that have gone off I summon up as much athletic ability as I can find and toss them as far as I can into the bush where hopefully no one will smell them.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Sorry Bill stole your line, Ruby. I guess great minds think alike. Thank you for reading, glad you enjoyed.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hey, Larry. Thanks pal. It's always good when something makes you reflect.

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      Dana Tate 3 months ago from LOS ANGELES

      This was too cute! It also had a very powerful message

      "Honesty wins at the end of the day,

      So stay true to yourself and you'll find a way."

      I have had to deal with rotten people a lot and believe me they smell.

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      Annette D Roussey 3 months ago from Twinsburg

      Love it. I am hoping that the real writers of the world can open the eyes of all. People need to be willing to investigate on their own, not just the social media garbage they keep force feeding us.

      I've found a lot of things reading the books and papers written as they happened, not the way the books have been changed now. It's frustrating to know history and see the way the people in power have fought to change it. Now the stuff being taught to my children is way different than when I learned it and now I'm pulling out the books to show them the reality of all the stuff being changed without a public vote.

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 3 months ago from The Caribbean

      "A broken reputation heals slower than bones." "Honesty wins at the end of the day. Your poem contains some deep thoughts of which we need to be reminded. Thanks for the encouragement to walk straight no matter what.

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      John Ward 3 months ago from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

      This "Poem" should be a must read and a must Learn off by heart for all adults and children. It contains much wisdom and insight. I will definitely be Keeping it where I can read it often and will be referring it to as many Folks as can be mustered. It is a wonderful piece. Please, keep, these tit bits of wisdom coming. John ward

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Ms Dora. I know you won't have any trouble walking straight. Glad this is a good reminder.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I really appreciate such encouraging words, John. If I can use my role as a writer to influence and inspire anyone then I have done my bit. I am honoured that you want to share it with others.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hi Dana, glad you enjoyed these words. Keep those smelly people at arms length where possible.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Annette, I think it is scandalous how our Governments control what history our children read' picking and choosing certain information that puts their own country in a good light and hiding what they are ashamed of. It has happened for a long time in my own country in regard to white settlement in Australia and the treatment if Aboriginals.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 3 months ago from Essex, UK

      I'm not a great reader of poetry John, but I liked this very much. It is well written and clear (my problem with much poetry is that I just don't understand it!) It is also of course timely. Not sure who, if anyone, was the target of your attack, but I can think of one individual recently elected to high office, for whom almost every line could be applied!

      'Fake news' is very much a matter of 'real news' concern at the moment. Without the ability to separate lies or rumours from truth, people cannot make acccurate judgements about other people or policies. I like all the lines in the poem, but the optimistic note in the penultimate couplet is, I hope, true. The best way to combat fake news is to remain honest and just.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Good to see a comment from you, Alun. I totally understand how some people can be put off reading poetry because it is often too abstract and the meaning has to be deciphered. For me personally, and because I usually have a message to portray, I believe in making my poetry easy to understand. The poem wasn't specifically written with any one person in mind, that said I wouldn't discount the individual you mention from inclusion in the targets. Thank you for your insight.

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      Paula 3 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Jodah my friend..Hope U don't mind if I say "Hello" 2 Mr. Grnslves~How R U Sir? Just want 2 say, if U recall, I tried my utmost 2 gently inform U ~ U had fallen hook, line & sinker 4 the FAKE news HRC is a worthy candidate! smile :) It's OVER.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 3 months ago from Essex, UK

      Oooh Paula (fpherj48). I wouldn't have said that Hillary was a worthy candidate - merely that she was much more worthy than Donald (but that could also be said of about 300 million other Americans). Donald's first few days in office certainly haven't changed my opinion on that! :) Best wishes to you and to John.

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      Martie Coetser 3 months ago from South Africa

      Every word so true!!

      Thanks for reminding us, Jodah!

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      No, Paula. I don't mind :)

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      My pleasure, Martie. Thanks for reading.

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      Missy Smith 3 months ago from Florida

      Good advice in every line of this one. I try to take the high road when it comes to people who throw dirt my way, but I will admit I sometimes fail. But...the important thing is I try, right?? Haha... ;)

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      All you can do is try your best, Missy :) Thanks for agreeing with the sentiment behind this. Take care, my friend.

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      jo miller 3 months ago from Tennessee

      As an American, I immediately related this to our political situation, and then saw other Americans did the same. It is getting very smelly here.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Jo, everyone is entitled to relate this to whatever situation that affects them. I can understand it would certainly be relevant in regard to the US political situation. Thanks for reading. I hope the smell starts to receed soon.

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      Genna East 3 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

      "Thou shalt not bear false witness ." I loved how this poem implies how one can "wear egg on their face." So very clever. And nothing smells worse than rotten eggs. It is a timely and important reminder for us all in this day of fake news and accusations.

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for that insightful comment, Genna. I am glad this succeeded in getting across the message intended. What interesting times we find ourselves in.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 months ago from Shelton

      I agrree with the idea that bad news sells... Yeah good news is no news//:) love the poetry my friend and again the concept too...

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Great to be getting your comments again, Frank, as well as new stories. Glad you enjoyed this.

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      Chitrangada Sharan 3 months ago from New Delhi, India

      Great poem and wonderful message!

      This is so close to reality. We all face such people and such situations in regular life.

      Good idea to express this through your well crafted poem. Thanks for sharing!

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      John Hansen 3 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you Chitrangada. Yes there certainly are some rotten eggs in real life.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 months ago

      Good advice on keeping a clean image and smell! I try to remember the Golden Rule when it comes to dealing with others -- keeps the rotten egg smell to a minimum.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 months ago from Central Florida

      I love all the not-so-subliminal messages in this poem, John. You're the master of poetry. It always reads smoothly and provides words of wisdom mixed with humor.

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Hello Shauna. Always good to see your unexpected comments pop up from time to time on my hubs :) Yes, I do try to put a message or two into just about everything I write. I find poetry offers a perfect vessel for being subtle or "subliminal" so people are getting a message without feeling they are being preached to. Have a great weekend coming up.

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      FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

      I love the punch line with this. People love gossip and innuendo but it sure doesn't feel too good when you're the subject of it. Seems like some Jumpty Dumpties are always the ones stirring stuff up. This poem makes you think.

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thanks for the insightful comment, Flourish. You are right it is not fun being the subject of gossip, especially if it isn't true. Sometimes you have trouble proving otherwise.

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      Shauna L Bowling 2 months ago from Central Florida

      John, I'm behind in my reading - again. I always read your posts, just not in a timely manner, I'm afraid....

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      It's all good, Shauna. I know how busy you are with work. I am in the middle of moving house and have done my back so I am laid up for a few days. It may enable me to catch up with a little reading myself.

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      MD Johnson 2 months ago from San Diego, CA

      I love this poem! Powerful and full of wisdom!!

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you very much, poeticmc. I appreciate that.

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      Chris Mills 2 months ago from St. Louis, MO until the end of June, 2017

      Good analogies, John. And good ending, too.

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      John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Thank you, Chris. i appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Glad you liked the ending.

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