Generation Poetry-Allegories for the Ages, by John Hansen.

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  1. ChitrangadaSharan profile image92
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 20 months ago

    Please take some time to read this excellent response to Brenda’s word prompt by John. … g-the-Ages

    1. bravewarrior profile image87
      bravewarriorposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      As always, awesome poetry produced by John. I love that he always tells a story, provides a moral, and laces almost each topic with humor.

      John, your mind is wonderfully complex. Thanks for gracing these pages.

      And thank you, Chitrangada for giving us the opportunity to comment on John's work.

      1. Jodah profile image90
        Jodahposted 20 months agoin reply to this

        Hi Shauna, always great to receive a comment from you. Oh yes, my mind is certainly complex. I often surprise myself with what I write. My poems are never planned. I just sit down and let my muse take over. I do  try to tell a story or have a moral in my poems though.
        I can’t help slipping in a little humour here and there. Thank you and take care.

  2. ChitrangadaSharan profile image92
    ChitrangadaSharanposted 20 months ago

    Hello John!
    That’s called ‘fine work’ on the word prompt. Your poetic responses are heart touching, especially 'Growth.’
    And, the last poem must be read carefully by the older generation.
    ‘Life is a revolving door’— So much wisdom in your expressions—Impressive indeed.
    Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed reading it.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Hello Chitragada!
      Thank you for sharing a link to my poetic response to Brenda's challenge. Your comment that you find wisdom in my words is very special to me and means a lot. Much appreciated.

  3. ravirajan01 profile image95
    ravirajan01posted 20 months ago

    Wonderful poems John. As Chitrangada mentioned, I also loved "growth" as it depicts the uncomfortable conflict between two generations who fail to understand each other and don't communicate due to that. Great poems John.

    Thanks, Chitrangada, for sharing.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much, Ravi. I appreciate your generous and insightful comment and am pleased that you especially enjoyed the first poem.

  4. surovi99 profile image82
    surovi99posted 20 months ago

    Amazing poems, John. I find them mesmerizing again, in fact. Thank you so much for making my night so delightful. Surely, an excellent response to the prompt.

    Thank you, Chitrangada, for sharing John's post.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Hello, Rosina. Thank you for your positive words, and I am so happy they added to your night’s delights.

  5. AliciaC profile image91
    AliciaCposted 20 months ago

    This is a great response to the generation challenge. I love the fact that the poems and the photos follow the theme. They combine to create an interesting and enjoyable article.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Hello Linda, I always try my best to find suitable photos to match the theme. Sometimes that actually takes longer than writing the poems. Thanks for reading.

  6. Brenda Arledge profile image80
    Brenda Arledgeposted 20 months ago

    In your article "Generation Poetry ~ Allegories For the Ages" you tell us you found it difficult to be inspired by this word, but trust me your muse did just fine.

    In your first poem, "Growth" - (based off a poem by William Blake) you show us how we feel sad & miss those good old days when we watch our children grow.
    No doubt, they feel the tension but they admire and look up to us...forever striving to be just like us.

    Thanks for including William Blake's poem & the video for us to see.

    "GENERATION ~An Acrostic Poem " shows us how every generation after ours believes they are right & they never appreciate the way of life we knew.
    So we miss those good old days as we reminisce in our isolation.

    "Life's a Revovling Door" shows us how each generation has problems tolerating the new one.

    Like the way music changes from one generation to another.

    You remind us that we need to learn a lesson from our past & make changes.

    I really love the last lines:
    No lifetime's better than the next,
    Life's a revovling door.

    Oh...I remember the music issues when I was young.
    I had the same issue with my father & now...that Rap can drive me insane.

    But...I can listen to some of it maybe I'm growing.

    You captured those issues between each generation.

    I absolutely agree with Shauna that your writing usually includes a story with a moral. 
    You have a way of making those messages stand out, even among the humor.

    Great work. 

    I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Hi Brenda, thank you for the prompt. When I saw it was “generation” it was quite obvious what I would write about but I had no idea at the time how I would go about it. I am pleased it turned out well with these poems. Reading the one by William Blake was actually the impetus I needed, even though the theme had nothing to do with generation.
      Thank you for your analysis, I always enjoy reading that.

  7. Misbah786 profile image83
    Misbah786posted 20 months ago

    Loved it all! Superb poems, John. Your first poem, "Growth," is absolutely beautiful, and you expressed it so brilliantly. I also enjoyed William Blake's poem. The acrostic one is really excellent; I liked how you closed it by saying,
    "Only things I like these days
    Netflix, football, old stage plays"
    I think Netflix is a must in this generation; and you're doing a fantastic job of keeping up with this generation, my friend wink
    My brother enjoys listening to rap songs; but my parents frequently remind him that "rap songs are all rubbish; they don't have lyrics like old songs used to have" I liked you also said the same thing in your poem smile
    After saying all this, I wish I had been born a decade or two earlier than my actual birth. I've heard those times were good, and I sometimes feel like an ancient soul in a modern world. Lol! tongue

    Thank you so much for sharing. Take care, and keep smiling!
    Enjoy your weekend. Blessings always!

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      I am glad you found these poems enjoyable and could relate to the words, Misbah. I do try to keep up with the latest generation’s music and trends so I know what I am talking about and don’t become irrelevant smile Having some younger friends like you certainly helps.
      It would be good for everyone if they could spend some time living in previous decades and experiencing what earlier generations were like.
      Blessings to you, enjoy your weekend also.

  8. aesta1 profile image89
    aesta1posted 20 months ago

    Another poem full of wisdom from John. I can relate so well with how this revolving door works out in real life. I smiled reading this poem.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you so much, Mary. I am glad you can relate to the revolving door of life.

  9. Peggy W profile image95
    Peggy Wposted 20 months ago

    Hi Chitrangada,

    You and Pamela both shared John's excellent work.  He always does a great job with just about any subject as his Poems from the Porch series we used to enjoy when comments could easily be made. Thanks!

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 20 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you, Peggy. Good to see you back.

  10. Pamela99 profile image86
    Pamela99posted 19 months ago

    I love the way you wrote about generation in different ways. The poem Growth I can relate to as I raised teenagers, and the acrostic poem was sure entertaining. The poem about today's music was also one I fully agree with.. You certainly met Brenda's prompt, John.

    Thanks of sharing John's poems, Chitrangada.

    1. Jodah profile image90
      Jodahposted 19 months agoin reply to this

      Thank you very much, Pamela. I know you started a thread for this as well. I appreciate that too.


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