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My Three Sons (A Poem About Family)

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.

My three sons and some of my grandchildren

My three sons and some of my grandchildren

Daniel with Radane and Cahlia

Daniel with Radane and Cahlia

Jared

Jared

Karaoke in Indonesia

Karaoke in Indonesia

Jared, Trent, Jordan, Radane and Taidan.

Jared, Trent, Jordan, Radane and Taidan.

My Three Sons

My three sons are all unique

One's a chef and gaming geek.

The second is a fitness trainer

Third a troubled youth detainer.



Daniel is an intellectual

Sometimes brooding and reflectual.

Can be the life of any crowd,

If in the mood, and very loud.



Jared is my middle lad,

Handsome, sporty, now a dad.

Sensitive in moral and deed

There to help the ones in need.


Trent the youngest of the three

Takes the ring for all to see.

Muay Thai is his chosen sport

Gave his all each time he fought.


All three sons have kids and wives

Adding value to our lives.

They've made mistakes along the way,

But that shapes who they are today.


I never reached all goals in life

As many fail because of strife.

But my three sons are all fine men

And through them my dreams live again.

One of My Favourite TV Shows When Growing Up

Jared (now a personal fitness trainer) with his two youngest sons Jordan and Dylan

Jared (now a personal fitness trainer) with his two youngest sons Jordan and Dylan

Trent "Hammer" Hansen vs Louis Michael "Badass" Badato

Trent "Hammer" Hansen vs Louis Michael "Badass" Badato

Caged Muay Thai 1 March 2014

Our son Trent "Hammer" Hansen recently flew to Brisbane for a caged Muay Thai fight against the World 76kg Champion Michael "Badass" Badato.

Trent was the underdog at long odds and went into the fight with a nothing to lose attitude against the world champion. "I have to knock him out or be knocked out, " he told us before the fight. The two fighters went toe to toe for the first two minutes but Trent was hit with a simultaneous liver blow and elbow to the temple which knocked him to the canvas and he couldn't recover from. Although he got up and carried on bravely, he was eventually knocked down again and the fight was stopped before the end of the first round.

Since then, my second son, Jared has returned to the Muay Thai ring after ten years away from the sport. He has had two recent fights for one win and one loss and is training other fighters.

A video of my son Trent's highlights.

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 27, 2014:

Thank you Devika, for all your kind words.

Sujaya, Thank you also.

sujaya venkatesh on March 27, 2014:

a poem dedicated to a family wow!

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on March 27, 2014:

Amazing and so beautiful. You have a lovely family your poem is most impressive and from the heart.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on March 26, 2014:

Well, I am very glad you did, Jodah. I enjoyed reading it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 26, 2014:

Thank you Phyllis for your kind words and congratulations to Trent. I promised to give an update here after his fight, hence the re-sharing of this hub.

Phyllis Doyle Burns from High desert of Nevada. on March 26, 2014:

Great hub, Jodah, and great family. Your fatherly pride comes through in a loving and beautiful way -- I really like your poem and the pics are very nice. Great vidoe, too. Well done. And congratulations to Trent for his courage and achievement.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 02, 2014:

Update: on Sat 1st March 2014 my youngest son Trent fought the current world Muay Thai Champion 76kg class Michael Badato in a caged fight. (See bottom photo) Trent had to lose over 12kg in one month to make the weight, which he did. Trent was the 80/1 underdog but had nothing to lose and went in with the attitude he had to knock the champion out or be knocked out. They stood blow for blow for much of the fight (something few fighters attempt against Badato) but Trent was hit with a crushing liver punch and an elbow to the temple simultaneously which he couldn't recover from. He was sick and sore afterwards but is ok. I am proud of Trent for giving his all.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 16, 2013:

Thank you so much teaches for your kind words. yes I am blessed.

Dianna Mendez on December 15, 2013:

My what wonderful sons you have and you should be so proud! You are truly blessed!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 15, 2013:

Thanks Mate, I think so too. All the best.

Eric Wayne Flynn from Providence, Rhode Island on December 15, 2013:

Quite the crew, you're blessed.

EWF

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 14, 2013:

Thank you Nellieanna,

For you always insightful comment. I great fully accept your opinion in these matters as you have been a member of this community far longer than myself. I think it is a matter of deciding what you should share of your personal life and what you shouldn't. But the positive comments and support for these personal stories was touching. Thanks again.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on December 14, 2013:

You know, Jodah, - or perhaps you don't, - I’ve been such a super-private person for so many years; - something like 75 or so, in fact. I came to Hubpages with not the slightest intention of sharing even my poetry. I though I might write an occasional academic article that would express some of my philosophies, but nothing more private than that. I started out doing just that, - writing cerebral academic type hubs.

Voila! I’ve become almost an open book on here. It’s not a matter of finally ‘letting it all out’ to relieve some imaginary built-up pressure. I had no problem keeping my own counsel. I hardly thought about it, actually. So I don’t know quite what it is that has changed in me, other than a desire and pleasure in sharing more of myself with people who think and honestly try to fathom others’ meanings in both intelligent and sensitive ways. I admit that more reticent about sharing my own experiences if they touch on any one else's privacy too, especially where the other person is mutually known.

Anyway, that’s just a comment, not a recommendation. I wanted you to know that I fully understand your reticence to share too much private, personal business. It’s probably wise to not. As you observe, though, this Hub community becomes like second family. It’s pretty amazing.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 12, 2013:

Thank you Jo,

Yes I am blessed. Glad you liked that line...I did too.

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on December 12, 2013:

"They've made mistakes along the way

But that shapes who they are today"

A wonderful tribute to your boys, exceptional and touching with much love and pride. You're surely blessed.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 12, 2013:

Thank you Graham. I agree I am a wealthy man. Thanks for the wonderful comment.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 12, 2013:

Thank you Graham. I agree I am a wealthy man. Thanks for the wonderful comment.

Graham Lee from Lancashire. England. on December 12, 2013:

Hi Jodah. You say you never reached all goals in life. Wealth may not have been what you sought anyway but with four wonderful children, you are a Millionaire. A lovely hub, well done.

Graham.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 12, 2013:

Thanks for reading and your good advice Frank. I will do that.

Frank Atanacio on December 11, 2013:

Jodah.. treasure this poem as you would memories.. and read it again 15 years from now.. same effect.. great job buddy :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 11, 2013:

Ok drbj, i'll pass on your "hooroo" in a dinkum Aussie accent ;) thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 11, 2013:

Thanks Suzanne for your kind comment. I'm sure they will be proud of it when I show them, but also embarrassed....haha. Thanks also for the vote up.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 11, 2013:

Thank you Nellieanna,

Even though I usually try to keep family and personal matters private, sometimes your have to give your pride free rein and let it out...haha.

This community is almost a second family now, so i thought I could share.

drbj and sherry from south Florida on December 11, 2013:

You can be very proud of your three handsome sons and the paths they have chosen, John, and this beautiful poetry is a lovely tribute to them. Tell 'em hooroo for me.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on December 11, 2013:

Great poem and you came up with excellent rhyming words. I'm sure your sons must be proud to read this! Voted beautiful.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on December 11, 2013:

I'm glad you decided to share it, Jodah! It's inspiring and uplifting! It's not surprising that it received enthusiastic response. We love to hear about positive relationships and families!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 10, 2013:

Great to get your comment Faith. Thank you so much for voting up and sharing. Hmmm...and I thought I was hiding my pride..haha.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on December 10, 2013:

Awesome family dear Jodah! Than you for sharing about your three amazing sons. I can sense the pride of a dad here in your writing.

Up and more and sharing

Hugs, Faith Reaper

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 10, 2013:

Thank you so much Crafty and wetnosedogs.

Yes lots of babies, we are blessed as a family.

wetnosedogs from Alabama on December 10, 2013:

A wonderful poem for wonderful sons. You can be proud.

CraftytotheCore on December 10, 2013:

This is a truly awesome Hub! I see a lot of cute babies up there. What a happy family!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 10, 2013:

Thank you:

Vishnum

ShyeAnne

Flourish

annart

Cris

Mark

Audrey

Jackie

Nellieanna

I can't believe I received so many comments on this hub so quickly. Your kind comments brought a tear to my eyes my friends. This was a very personal poem and I thought long and hard about sharing it, but I'm glad I did. Thanks again for reading.

Nellieanna Hay from TEXAS on December 10, 2013:

Just great, John! Your sons 'do you proud' as they say in the South of this country. The excellence of your poem in tribute to them, does so, also! I felt a surge of pride for you as I read it!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 10, 2013:

I can feel the love which you wrote this with and I know you have every reason to be proud. Thank you so much for sharing them with us! ^

Audrey Howitt from California on December 10, 2013:

This is a lovely piece Jodah! What a lovely tribute!

Mark from Moundsville,WV on December 10, 2013:

Wonderfully written hub. I loved the way it was rymed together so uniquely. Have a blessed day and I enjoyed your hub very much

Mark

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on December 10, 2013:

Aww, this is an awesome piece and tribute for your absolute blessings in life. Thank you for sharing and allowing us to have a glimpse of your wonderful sons (and family). Nice photos.

Truly enjoyed reading it!

Ann Carr from SW England on December 10, 2013:

What great sons and your pride shines through, quite rightly.

Great poem about a great family! Ann

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 10, 2013:

What a fine tribute to your sons. You are fortunate to have such a large family. Blessings to you all.

ShyeAnne from Deep Bay, British Columbia, Canada on December 10, 2013:

very nice Jodah. Awesome words of love.

vishnu from india on December 10, 2013:

very nice jodah, great way to treat the little doll with a specialized gift for her in a poem

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 10, 2013:

Thank you Bill. Much appreciated. Family is important to me.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 10, 2013:

A beautiful tribute of love, John! Well done and congratulations on having such a wonderful family.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 10, 2013:

Thank you so much Mklow. No I haven't shown them yet. I hope they are proud of me too, they give that impression. Thanks for saying I look too young, lol...guess I started young.

Mklow1 on December 10, 2013:

Great one, Jodah! I bet your kids must be as proud of you as you are of them. I hope you showed this to them.

Also, it surprised me that you have 3 grown sons and grand kids. You look young for that.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 10, 2013:

My pleasure to share this Nadine, and thank you.

Always a delight to have your comment Kim. Thanks so much for the vote up and share.

ocfireflies on December 10, 2013:

Beautiful. V+/Share

Kim

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on December 10, 2013:

Thank you for sharing your blessings in the way you did. Well done!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 10, 2013:

Thank you very much for the kind comments Genna. They all live n different parts of the country but we finally got to spend a weekend together which inspired me to write this poem. I am proud of them all.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on December 10, 2013:

Oh Jodah, I liked this! You have three fine sons; a tribute to your life in many ways. You have been blessed. I love the rhyme in this poem...it is endearing and clever. :-)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 10, 2013:

Thank you so much Anna. Those comments mean a lot.

Anna Haven from Scotland on December 10, 2013:

Apart from the fact it was well written with great use of rhyming; this is great.

Your family sounds brilliant and your deserved pride is a pleasure to read.:)