John is a writer and poet who also has pets, six cats and a dog. Writing can be a challenge, especially with cats.
2020 ~ What a Year!
Well, what a year this is already proving to be. It doesn't seem long ago that the world was in a bit of a panic when the year 2000 or Y2K was approaching. It was feared that all the computers would shut down or malfunction and important infrastructure and utilities would shut down, the economy would crash etc. People were stocking up on food and essentials then as well, and they didn't even know why.
All that worry proved foundless as the New Year was celebrated without incident. But, we humans always fear the unkown and seem to prepare for the worst case scenario.
Twenty years later and the world is facing a much greater and real threat in this coronavirus (Covid-19.) At time of writing this, in April, we can only hope it is all over sooner rather than later, but unless someone has a crystal ball there is no way of knowing what the final toll will be and when the virus will be contained.
I guarantee life will be different when this horror story is over. Things will eventually return to some form of normal but not the same as before. People will have learnt to appreciate things that they have always taken for granted. Anyway, 2020 will certainly be a year that no one forgets.
So, thanks for visiting the porch, one place we can congregate to relax and read poetry together without having to worry about social distancing. I think you will find the poems this week are an interesting and varied selection.
I would like to request a poem with the title, "How to Stay in Love with the One for a Lifetime". The poem may include some tips about how to get along with each other, how to stay loyal, committed and dedicated and how to be there for each other all the time.
— Rosina S Khan
How to Stay in Love With the One For a Lifetime
We hope to meet that special one
Who’ll be our love for life,
To share a life of wedded bliss -
Become our husband or our wife.
Some fall in love as children,
When it’s just called “puppy love,”
Others search in fruitless vain
For the one sent from above.
Love at first sight’s possible
When two like souls connect.
For most though there’s a lot of trial
Until your heart selects.
But once you’ve found that perfect match
Who shoots from Cupid’s bow,
You’ll feel an arrow pierce your heart,
True love you then will know.
The early times should be such fun,
Fueled by fun and desire.
Don’t let the passing years put out
That inner smoldering fire.
Find your commonalities
And focus most on those.
Discuss your differing points of view
And any problems that they pose.
Always try to understand
The others wants and needs,
And even if yours aren’t the same
Do your very best to please.
Though sometimes life gets busy,
And you just meet on the run,
Share in activities when you can
And make time to have fun.
A relationship always takes work,
And it’s not a one-way street.
Compromise comes into play,
“Tonight what will we eat?’
Think of new ways to connect
To keep your marriage fresh.
Never say, “You look fat in that,”
Just say, “I like that dress.”
A loving relationship is one in which the loved one is free to be himself — to laugh with me, but never at me; to cry with me, but never because of me; to love life, to love himself, to love being loved. Such a relationship is based upon freedom and can never grow in a jealous heart.
— Leo F. Buscaglia
How about a poem about the gorgeous Australian echidna? I was so taken by this creature when I visited a year ago and felt privileged to see one. I also bought a poetry book and learnt that their young are called 'puggles'!
Maybe another about crosswords! No idea why, just came into my head, though I do like to do them.
— Ann Carr
My Friend the Echidna
Here’s to the dear Echidna,
my small and prickly friend.
He barely ever makes a sound,
though to him my ears I lend.
He’s called a spiny anteater,
on ants and termites does he dine.
Though he is not related
to the hedgehog or porcupine.
Echidnas, they are monotremes,
which are mammals that lay eggs.
Like dear cousin platypus,
males have spurs on their hind legs.
Echidnas have short though strong limbs,
and powerful digging claws,
slender snouts, both mouth and nose,
sticky tongues and toothless jaws.
Due to their low metabolism
and resistance to most stress,
echidnas live long for their size,
45 years more or less.
Echidnas are quite timid,
They’ll hide instead of fight,
bury themselves in the dirt,
or curl up very tight.
Young echidnas are called “puggles,”
they are helpless for some time.
Susceptible to snake attack
until they grow their spines.
There seem to be two main types of people in the world, crosswords and sudokus.
— Rebecca McKinsey, Sydney West
The Crossword Puzzle
I love to complete crosswords,
They’re fun to pass the time.
Though cryptic ones sure test me out,
I wish the clues would rhyme.
In newspapers, magazines, and books
There are crosswords of many types.
The New York Times was famous,
It’s crossword had much hype.
I like geographic puzzles
To learn about the world,
And with scientific clues as well,
New knowledge is unfurled.
But when I cannot solve a clue
It really gets me down,
So I bought a crossword dictionary.
Now I smile more oft’ than frown.
In the weeks to come what about a poem about a mischievous cat. I have a kitty who is adorable (lucky for him) but is as naughty as can be. For Christmas last year I gave him a lifetime achievement award. He has created more mayhem in his 6 short years than most cats twice his age.
— Linda Lum
Wilbur Whiskers the Mischievous Cat
Wilbur Whiskers was a mischievous cat,
He loved to chase mice but was wary of rats.
He'd raid the trash bins in the hope of a treat,
When he wasn't sleeping he needed to eat.
Wilbur would tom cat around at midnight,
Just the scent of a female would often cause fights.
He'd come home with bite marks and missing some hair,
Leaving blood on the carpet and my favourite chair.
But the very next night he'd be back on the prowl
Wooing the she-cats with his God awful howl.
If Wilbur's left in the house when I have to leave
He'll cause so much mischief you wouldn't believe.
He'll climb up the curtains and rip them to shreds,
He'll spray on the walls and mess up the beds.
I love Wilbur Whiskers and his soft fluffy fur,
And contentment he shows with appreciative purrs.
Although he is mischievous he's my precious pet,
But tomorrow he's taking a trip to the vet.
Cats can work out mathematically the exact place to sit that will cause most inconvenience.
— Pam Brown
Y’all Come Back Now! Ya Hear?
Well, that’s it from the porch for this week. Thanks for visiting, and please come back again next time. The next collection of poems should include requests from: Bill Holland, Pamela Oglesby, Shauna Bowling, and Ruby Jean Richert.
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2020 John Hansen
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 15, 2020:
Another hub score dropped to 60. Yeah right lol. What a joke.
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on May 11, 2020:
Bubble sounds like a lot of fun Lawrence. They certainly all have unique personalities. Thanks for reading.
Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on May 11, 2020:
Wilbur sounds likea challenge, but I doubt he's as mischevious as our Bubble!
She's a short haired tabby, 13 years old and since we got heron medication for high bloodpressure its like having a kitten who knows all the rules, and flaunts them.
Her favourite is sitting by a wide open ranch slider knowing full well that the dog wants to go out but she's not moving!
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 23, 2020:
Genna, we would need a crystal ball to foresee the true outcome from this pandemic. When the dust settles and everyone tries to resume their lives things will have changed forever, at what cost we have to wait and see.
Thank you for your generous comment about the poems and glad you liked how “Wilbur Whiskers” ended.
Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on April 23, 2020:
Covid-19 will definitely change the social and economic dynamics of humanity...but I fear at a tremendous cost. You've quoted one of my favorite authors, Leo Buscaglia. That is a beautiful quotation and typical of who this man was. And I love how our responded to the request of fellow readers and authors.
One of my favorites:
"Although he is mischievous he's my precious pet,
But tomorrow he's taking a trip to the vet"
Nicely done. :-)
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 22, 2020:
Yeah, it has seemed like that Mel. One disaster after the other. After a tough 2019 we were looking forward to a much better 2020. Sadly, 2020 will be a year we never forget, but not in a good way. Yes, that is a good title for a poem. I will see what I can do.
Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on April 22, 2020:
You guys down there have really been hit hard these last few months. First the fires, now this. From the fire into the frying pan, I guess you could say. Hey, there's a title of a poem!
I'm glad your poet's pen is not social distancing. Keep cranking them out, we need them more than ever.
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 21, 2020:
Thank you very much Nithya. Your support of this series is appreciated.
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 21, 2020:
A great collection of poems on varied topics. I enjoyed reading all your poems in this series. My favorite poem is - How to Stay in Love With the One For a Lifetime.
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 21, 2020:
Hey, thanks Kyler. Wow, you are really going to make me dig deep for that one and expose emotions usually kept in check. A good challenge.
Kyler J Falk from California on April 21, 2020:
There isn't enough rabid, burning passion in this world. The type of passion that breeds fair and impartial love, and roaring acceptance. You encapsulate the spirit of this passion for me, John, but I want a poem that really hammers the point home. I want it bittersweet, I want my heart to hurt but also to feel your hands around it, nursing it back to health.
Give me a poem titled, "Extinguish Sadness With Flames of Passion!"
I want to see a constructive example of fighting fire with fire! Let's set the world alight!
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 18, 2020:
Thanks, MsDora. Yes, I agree that poetry is a great way to learn facts without being boring. I am glad you enjoyed this collection.
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 18, 2020:
Great advice at the end of the love poem. Description in poetry is so much more interesting (as it is in the Echidna poem) than if taught any other way. The Crossword Puzzle is relatable and the last one is so playful. All very good!
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 18, 2020:
Thank you Jo, I really appreciate that comment. This is bringing us all together if nothing else
Jo Miller from Tennessee on April 18, 2020:
I admire the ease, or seeming ease, with which you can take such a variable set of circumstances and come up with a poem. Great activity for a pandemic. And I agree with you that this pandemic will change our world as we know it. Good to stay in touch with the other side of this world and see so much we all have in common.
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 17, 2020:
Thank you Mitara. I greatly respect your comment. Good health to you also.
John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 16, 2020:
Yes, Brenda our country is beginning to plan to gradually lift sanctions beginning in around 3 weeks if the current improved trend continues. One crazy thing I saw was the manager of Drake Supermarket saying a customer arrive with 150 packs of 32 roll toilet paper and wanted a refund because his eBay site was shut down and he could no longer sell them. Then manager just gave him the finger. Apparently he hired a team of 150 shoppers to buy one pack each (that is all that was allowed per customer) and then was trying to sell them at a huge mark up on eBay. Thanks for reading these poems. Glad you enjoyed them.
BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 16, 2020:
I remember the Y2K but people didnt panic the way they are this time.
It's still a mad house around here with limited supplies but then today the governor announces a plan to play Russian Roulette with our lives.