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Let Me Live in a House on a Quiet Country Road: A Poem

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded the "Best Poet 2014 and 2021" Hubby Awards.

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Should I Stay, or Should I Go?

If you are one of those bold people who embrace change as one of life's wonderful challenges, then I admire you. I am one of those who gets comfortable in my present situation, and unless forced or prompted by some unforeseen event, I am quite happy going about my life stress and hassle free.

Having moved to new towns regularly during my childhood due to my father's work, and even as an adult having been forced or found it necessary to sell houses and move to different locations, change is something I have had enough of. I know a lot of other people who are of the same mindset a me, but the downside of this way of thinking is that you often miss out on a lot of opportunities the wider world may have in store for you.

This poem is just something I wrote as I was pondering my situation and weighing up the pros and cons of this age old question, "Should I stay, or should I go?"

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Let Me Live in a House on a Quiet Country Road


The long winding road it beckons me on

But my family house tells me to stay;

And oh! I love my family home,

But I must be on my way.


The long winding road it tells me to go

Seek adventure and strive more to know.

Go forth I must to learn about life,

Not just sit back with the flow.


I could travel the world and see many things

Backpacking the globe I could roam,

Live with diverse cultures so different to mine,

But I'd no doubt be sick for my home.


Let me live in a house on a quiet country road

Where men travel by at slow pace.

Both men who are good, and men who are bad,

As good and as bad as our race.


My door would be open and welcome to all,

No judge or a cynic am I.

Let me live in a house on a quiet country road,

And be a friend to all who pass by.

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© 2015 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 09, 2021:

Hi Ravi. Yes, I can see the similarity with the subject of John Denver's wonderful song. Glad this brought back memories for you.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 09, 2021:

Reminds me so much of the famous John Denvers classic "Country roads, take me home."

Brought back some old memories of my country life. Thanks for sharing John.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 09, 2021:

Yes, Devika. Moves don't get much bigger than the one you experienced. It can be hard to adjust to the changes, especially in a new country, but you do manage to adapt and make the most of your new life. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 09, 2021:

Hi Jodah the only time I moved out of my country is when I moved to Croatia other than that had visited around South Africa. Moving around does change one's life and experience increases as one adapts to the changes.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 08, 2021:

Hi Brenda, yes, we often think the grass is always greener on the other side. But to others, we may be on the other side and they are thinking the same thing.

At times making a change can open many new opportunities, on the other hand it may lead to deep regret.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 08, 2021:

John,

Good thoughts to ponder.

I think it hits us all...Is there something out there I am missing?

I know as I get older, I often wonder what are the things I really want...could I be happy with what I have.

So many questions...it's normal.

Great poem

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 08, 2021:

Thank you for reading and commenting MG. I read and enjoyed your Girl and the Rickshaw story and enjoyed it, but couldn’t find it on my feed to comment.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on February 08, 2021:

This is a nice poem with lovely sentiments.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 08, 2021:

Hi Misbah, thank you for reading and enjoying this poem. I am glad you find my words a little different and carefully chosen. Blessings to you.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on February 08, 2021:

A very nice poetry Jodah...

I loved it....

Again a wonderful piece of work from your side...

You always choose the words very carefully and differently that's what I love most....

Stay blessed and keep writing

Blessings

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 08, 2021:

Thank you for reading this poem, Maya. I appreciate your comment.

Maya Ellenson from Hobe Sound, Florida on February 08, 2021:

Very insightful poem with beautiful, evocative photos!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 28, 2015:

Thank you Vellur, I agree with your wise words I appreciate you sharing your advice.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 28, 2015:

Moving on to a new place is difficult. A home is where the heart is and leaving behind your home and moving on to a new place is quite heart wrenching, but maybe the new home will be even better. Great poem and a great song selection.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 27, 2015:

Thank you Diana. At times it seems daunting to have to move around, but for those used to it, it can be the most exciting way to live. Glad the poem spoke to your heart.

Dianna Mendez on September 27, 2015:

Due to my husband's job, we moved quite a number of times through the years. I've enjoyed every city and state and made many friends. I sometimes think it was hard on our son, but he has learned to make friends with almost anyone because of the changes. It is good to travel but I love having quiet place to call home. Loved your poem, it spoke to my heart. The Beatles song was perfect as a background to my reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 21, 2015:

Thank you for that kind and interesting comment Charito. I do hope you realise your dream of living a quiet life in the countryside someday soon. Have a good day.

Charito Maranan-Montecillo from Manila, Philippines on July 21, 2015:

Hello, John. Like you, I also grew up having to move from one house to another because of the nature of my late father's work. Today, I also have to deal with a stressful lifestyle. But just like your beautiful poem, I'd also like to live in a place where I can enjoy peace and solitude, and let my creative juices flow freely. I dream of living a life in the countryside. Hope I can do this when I retire.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 30, 2015:

Thanks for revisiting Lawrence. There are so many inspirational hubs out there by others that we need to revisit from time to time to refresh life's lessons.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on May 30, 2015:

Jodah

I was sure I'd visited this hub before but it was time to visit again and I'm glad I did as this is food for the soul.

I'm sure I would have said "change is no big thing" then but not today.

Today is time to chill and enjoy the moment, thank you for reminding me to take time to enjoy the moment and not look for the next change

Lawrence

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 18, 2015:

That really was the message I was trying to convey Dolores. Thank you for reading and your great comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 18, 2015:

That really was the message I was trying to convey Dolores. Thank you for reading and your great comment.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on April 18, 2015:

If I lived in that beautiful home at the top of the page, I wouldn't go anywhere either. Your poem reminds us that sometimes we don't need to roam, to find change or adventure, that sometimes everything is right at hand.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on March 02, 2015:

Thanks for reading VioletteRose. I appreciate your kind comment. It is easy to get settled and comfortable and not want to move but if you don't leave yourself open to change you may miss some fantastic opportunities.

VioletteRose from Atlanta on March 02, 2015:

Beautiful poem! I am always moving places for a long time now. While I enjoy travelling and the new lifestyles that comes along, it comes with the stress of shifting. But changes are bringing some great opportunities, so they are all good.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 15, 2015:

Yes Lisa, you are right. Change sometimes seems difficult but is often for the best. We have to look at the bigger picture. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 15, 2015:

Wow Kim, I can't even imagine -24. Nice way to say how cold you are in verse....hope it warms up soon. Bring on Spring! Thanks for for your kind words, pin and share. Try to keep warm.

Lisa VanVorst from New Jersey on February 15, 2015:

Change is often difficult because we are comfortable in our routine. However sometimes change is for the best when things are so difficult in and stressful in one's life. Good hub.

ocfireflies from North Carolina on February 15, 2015:

Hey John,

Hoping - better late...

How I needed this hub.

It's -24°--yeah 24 below

my mind just as frozen

as the ice-mixed snow

Per always dear one, pinning, sharing...

Kim

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 10, 2015:

Hi aesta1, thanks for your comment. Some people love to travel, others to just settle down to a quiet life, some a bit of both. I envy you being able to travel but your time to settle down will come I am sure.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 10, 2015:

We travel in different countries for work and recently, my only wish is to settle down but it is not to be yet. So, here we are in Bangkok, on the road once again. Enjoyed reading your poem.

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on February 06, 2015:

Sure no problem. It was a challenge, but I'm glad I moved here. I do hope to return back to the peaceful life one day though.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 06, 2015:

Thanks for reading and commenting Chris. It must be hard to move and make a life in a new country. Give me peace and tranquility any day.

Krzysztof Willman from Parlin, New Jersey on February 06, 2015:

This is a really nice poem and it's something many people could relate to. I've moved a couple times before but the life changing experience was going from my country of origin to the U.S.

I like the serenity and peace of where I grew up and this hub signifies that.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on February 03, 2015:

Good Evening to you Marilyn. I Have never been comfortable with change but it often turn out for the best so I've learnt not to stress about it. Thanks for reading and sharing. Glad I chose the right photos to accompany the words.

Marilyn L Davis from Georgia on February 03, 2015:

Good evening, Jodah; change is something I had to learn to like. However, I have made enough changes that I'm comfortable in my skin. Great imagery in the poem and your photos match the ones in my minds eye as I read. Well done. ~Marilyn Sharing

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 29, 2015:

Ok Deb, I'll keep my eye out for you and invite you in for a cuppa or cool drink. Thanks for reading.

Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on January 29, 2015:

This sure says it all. Very well done, John. I'll wave as I walk by and I hope to see you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 24, 2015:

Sounds like you have the best of both worlds Maj. You can travel and see the world then come back to your house on the quiet country road and recuperate. Thanks for reading.

Travmaj on January 24, 2015:

You said it well John, I've recently been thinking about this. I do indeed love my quiet country road. I travel frequently - it's what I do. always anxious to get back to my peace though...

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 21, 2015:

How could I ever disagree with those sentiments Eric? It sure is closer to God.

Eric Wayne Flynn from Providence, Rhode Island on January 21, 2015:

I believe the highest quality of life to be that of a home on a quiet country road; better people, better scenery and somehow, a home on a quiet country road just feels closer to God. Nice work.

EWF

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 21, 2015:

Thank you for the sincere comment and share Gypsy. Yes, we all need to dream.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on January 21, 2015:

Voted up and awesome. A most wonderful poem. I too would like to live in such a place. Thanks for the nice dreams. Passing this on.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 20, 2015:

Glad you enjoyed reading this poem Jo. Yes you speak with wisdom and change is often necessary. Thanks for voting up and sharing. I think I'm too old to change now :)

Jo_Goldsmith11 on January 20, 2015:

This is a beautiful and interesting read. I ponder the words you describe with such skill. Change is part of life, indeed. And I believe change can only make a person better and stronger! And there are times when change is hard to do. Yet, we must. Shared and Up ++++

Thank you for sharing your thoughts and wisdom! I hope this you will never change. :-)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 19, 2015:

I love your comment Genna, I like to think at my age I have learnt a little about life, even so I don't always make the right decisions. I am glad you enjoyed this poem, for some reason it's one of my personal favourites.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 19, 2015:

I love your comment Genna, I like to think at my age I have learnt a little about life, even so I don't always make the right decisions. I am glad you enjoyed this poem, for some reason it's one of my personal favourites.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on January 19, 2015:

Well, John, your writing shows that you have already learned much from life…and that is a treasure. I embrace change, but feel very comfortable in that “home in the country”; to me, there is no better life. I enjoyed your candid, reflective poem…it is thoughtful, and reveals courage and character.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 19, 2015:

How I judge success of a piece of writing Iris is if a reader says that it touched them or spoke to them in some way. You have just done that, thanks. p.s. in a school year book we were once allocated songs apparently that fit our personality..mine was "The Wanderer" by Del Shannon or Bobby Darren :)

Cristen Iris from Boise, Idaho on January 19, 2015:

I am a wanderer who also likes a place to call home. Odd, I know. Your poem spoke to me in many ways.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 18, 2015:

Thank you for taking the time to read this CM, glad you could relate. You are right that we leave a little of our spirit behind everywhere we have lived, but as they say "home is where the heart is."

Christina M. Castro from Baltimore,MD USA on January 18, 2015:

I could relate to this hub because I have the experience in moving a lot not always out of personal choice. But even though one person moves around a lot the one thing that should not change is the spiritual conviction in ones heart. Best to you and anyone else who is moving because the surroundings are not satisfactory. Just keep in mind that wherever you go a part of your Spirit is left behind.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 17, 2015:

Thanks Mike, yes it is quite a universal quandary isn't it..some times change is forced but it is often for the better. There comes a time that you need to settle down, but sometimes you miss the adventure. Thanks for reading this. Hey, I can't complain about the number of views within Hub Pages...it is Google that is my problem

mckbirdbks from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas on January 17, 2015:

Hello Jodah. You have hit a univseral nerve with this piece. I too moved around as a child. Now I have staked a claim, and weighed down by life. Good to see your work getting so much attention.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 17, 2015:

Good for you Jo, if you don't risk it you never know what you may have missed. Thanks for reading.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on January 17, 2015:

John, I guess we can all relate to this. Great poem by the way. I loved my home on the quiet country lane, but alas, change is inevitable. Because my husband and I were prepared to take a few leaps into the dark, Life has been amazing, never dull.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 16, 2015:

Jamie, that is entirely true. At some time in life we must face moving on.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 16, 2015:

Thank you Dana for that wonderful and honest comment. Yes, many of us are frightened of the unknown that change may bring.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on January 16, 2015:

Wonderful poem about a decision we all must face at one time or another. I prefer the country home full of memories but then I realize sooner or later life will call and we all must move on. Jamie

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on January 16, 2015:

Your poem was so truthful it spoke to my soul. Change scares me if I don't know what's coming. Your poem reminds me of my way of thinking about change; " Leaving the safety net of home to walk blindly into the unknown. How I admire people who refuse to walk in the fear of the unknown it's something I haven't been able to master.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 16, 2015:

Thanks for that wonderful comment Cris. You are in the perfect profession to enable travel and to see the world. I am glad you have settled in well to small town life and have grown to love the friendly people and the peace and quiet. Who couldn't love that song?

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on January 16, 2015:

What a beautiful piece and one that I can actually relate. I've moved around many times (from one country to another and another and another; one city to another and another...) as well but then I am bold and adventurous. I am traditional but I like changes at the same time. In fact, we just moved here (downsized) in our new place last Spring from the big city to a small town. I love it here now. I like driving, cycling and walking by the country side unlike the city roads. It's quiet here and the people are warmth and friendly. Thinking this is it for the empty nesters.

Love the song, very nostalgic and one of my favorites from the Beatles. It's definitely going to my JukeBox Page.

P.S. Not missing the city at all. :)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 16, 2015:

You may be right MsDora, I hope so. I have faith that I will be led in the right direction, one way or the other.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 16, 2015:

I agree with you about the city Clive..I hate the hustle and bustle and the traffic chaos too. Stick with that house on the quiet country road.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 16, 2015:

Thanks Dave, yes change is daunting but sometimes you just hae to go with the flow and see where it takes you. Glad you enjoyed the music choice too.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 16, 2015:

Right there in your house on the country road, change other than moving will find you. I think I understand your attitude to changing locations though. Lovely poem and noble purpose for staying where your are.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on January 16, 2015:

I live on a quite country road and will not be moving anytime soon. The City has too much chatter

David Edward Lynch from Port Elizabeth, South Africa on January 16, 2015:

I find change a bit daunting John, but sometimes I just have to go with circumstances and allow for change. Thanks for another good hub. I enjoy the Beatles music, 'The Long & Winding Road' is a favourite.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 16, 2015:

Thanks for reading Dr Bill and for your insightful comment. You are right, whether you move, or stay put the important thing is to enjoy life. "Different strokes for different folks" as they say.

William Leverne Smith from Hollister, MO on January 15, 2015:

Enjoyed the Poll Results at 15 votes... nice spread over first three. Just take things as they come, or, as you direct them. Life should be good, where ever you are. Lived all over the country in 75 years. Moves are good, staying is good. Life is good... Thanks for sharing this poem and memory reminder! ;-)

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Thanks for reading Alicia, it certainly is a difficult choice. Hopefully everything will work out for the best.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on January 15, 2015:

You've described the conflict involved in deciding whether to stay in a home or move very effectively, Jodah. It's a hard decision to make!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Hi Faith. It's amazing that that house is almost identical to both your own and Paula's. I think it is a beautiful setting and would love to live there. Some people handle being on the move more than others. being in the air force or other military is usually a great affordable way to see the world. Glad you loved the poem. Thanks for the vote up, pin and share.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Thank you for your kind words Michael-Milec. You are certainly welcome to drop in for a "cup of conversation" whenever you are in the neighbourhood. Thank you for the blessing and vote up.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 15, 2015:

Wow, John, I love this, and I, too, just as Paula, that first photo looks almost just like my home on the country road that we moved to almost seven years ago. I had to do a double-take. Even the trees are so similar.

We have always lived in the city, but wanted to get way out due to the city becoming so very dangerous with gangs and violence. I still commute to work there, but am so happy to come home to my quiet country home.

I am not opposed to change though and moving about, for when my husband was in the Air Force, I loved moving to new places, but that only last for six years way back when. Growing up, I grew up in one town/city and was ready to see a bit of the world, and I did. My husband had gotten out of the Air Force after six years and I kind of wish he stayed in so that we could see more of the world, but then we had children, so may have been best, or not?

I love your poem.

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Blessings

Michael-Milec on January 15, 2015:

Thanks Sir. John Hansen for kind welcome to all; next time when I would be in your neighborhood, will stop by for a cup of conversation.

Your poem stirred up memories of countless moving , changing addressees , countries and continents. Two more times, as I can see now, the last would be toward The City with firm foundations whose architect and builder is God.

God bless you and your home.

Voted awesome.

Suzie from Carson City on January 15, 2015:

"Hey Paula"....sung by Paul & Paula.....Yes sir! Top #1 Hit on the billboards. 1963. I was just a sassy teenybopper....as opposed to being my current self of sassy old lady!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Sounds like you are living the dream Jackie....good for you. Thanks for reading and your kind comment. That's one of my favourite songs.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

As we get older we seem to lose our desire to keep changing addresses (well most of us) and want to settle down. Hope your travels go well Smilealot. My wife and I put off travelling until the kids were grown. Little did we know she would injure her back and make it too difficult to travel much. But that's life. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Hey, hey Paula...hmm that's a song isn't it? Wow, so that was your home..lovely. All the best for your major life change, let us know how it pans out. Thank you for reading, the vote up and pin.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on January 15, 2015:

I hope my moving days are over. I live on that quiet country road and it is good to be here. Great subject and great song! ^+

Smilealot on January 15, 2015:

Like you Jodah I am more for staying put as far as where I live goes, although I prefer to travel more, given the opportunity, now that I'm older...I enjoyed the poem:-))

Suzie from Carson City on January 15, 2015:

Wonderful, Jodah. Simply awesome, as your work always is. I could not get over the picture of the home. If I didn't know better, I would think you took a picture of my home! Seriously.

I am in the midst of making a major change in life, Jodah.....wish me luck. UP+++ Pinned

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Thanks for reading this poem MizBejabbers. It must have been difficult to be moved around constantly with your first husband. I can relate to needing to move to clean up and get rid of clutter especially after 20 years. Good luck with the difficult descision.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Thanks for reading KM, glad you enjoyed this poem of inner conflict. Thanks too for the vote up.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on January 15, 2015:

John, your beautiful poem struck me right where I live. I was shuffled around by a vagabond 1st husband who got tired of his job every year. I had lived in the same town up until my marriage and really wanted to see the country, but it didn't take me long to get tired of that life. I've lived in the same house now for the last 20 years and need to move again just to clean the clutter from our home. LOL. Looking now at retirement, it is going to be a tough decision whether to stay or go.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Thank you Dianna. Can't ask for a better comment then that.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Mary sorry you had to move out into a small apartment. I hope it proves to be a fruitful move. Wouldn't we all love to have that time machine.

Kay Plumeau from New Jersey, USA on January 15, 2015:

Great poem! I think everyone can relate a bit to the inner struggle of wanting to stay where you're comfortable vs. the desire to learn more and see the world. Awesome stuff, voted up!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Hi Ruby, moving is a stressful job. I hope you never had to move again and that you are happy where you are now. Thanks for reading and your kind comment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Hi missirupp. Glad you loved this poem, also that you made the decision to stay in your current abode, after all there is no place like home.

Diana Burrell-Shipton from Hubbard, Ohio, USA on January 15, 2015:

Beautiful !

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 15, 2015:

As you know, I just left my home of 35 years. It's been a big change for me to go into a small apartment, but I just looked on it as a new challenge in my life.

If I could go back in time, I'd live again on a quiet road.

Voted UP, etc.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 15, 2015:

I have no desire to ever move again, but I loved your poem about a quiet country road. I live in a very small town. City life is not for me. I've only been in my home one year and one month, and I remember how much work it was to move. Take care..

missirupp on January 15, 2015:

I recently was thinking of moving (again!) and said to myself, "Well, wherever you go there you are," so I decided to stay. Love this poem.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Hi Bill, I hope you achieve your dream of a house in the country soon and live there self-sufficient and happily ever after. Thanks for visiting this hub.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Good to read your insightful comment Harishprasad. Thanks for sharing that excerpt from the Indian poem, also for the vote up and share. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on January 15, 2015:

Wow! mary, 45 years in the same house. I can't even imagine that..good for you. Funny how that first photo reminds quite a few readers of one of their parents homes.It must have been a common style in those days. Thank you for the vote up.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 15, 2015:

I have no idea how many times I've changed addresses. I've been here now for three years, and that's quite a long time for me...so change is just a constant for me, and I dream of the day when I can buy some acreage in the country and just raise animals. :) Best of luck on your quandry.

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