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Poems From the Porch 29

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

Not just a shelf of random books. Read the book titles from left to right.

Not just a shelf of random books. Read the book titles from left to right.

Keeping Busy During Lockdown

Greetings friends, and welcome to the porch on this sunny April day. Sitting here with the cats and gazing around at the surroundings, everything looks beautifully lush and green. This is a total contrast to what it was like just two or three months ago when everything was bare or brown after almost a year of drought.

Now everything appears perfect, except for that one invisible enemy - Covid-19. Sometimes I wish I was one of the cats, they seem to have so few cares and have no idea of this virus sweeping the world that has us, humans, in such a panic.

Actually, social distancing and home isolation seem to be working and the number of daily new cases here has dropped significantly and our State Government are talking of easing some restrictions from this Friday.

How, have you kept busy at home during this time? I have weeded all the mallow out of the front gardens, trimmed bushes, constructed some above ground vegetable gardens near the chicken coup, and been painting and renovating the old garage (to be transformed into a she-shed for my wife's craft studio/storage.) So, despite the inconveniences, these recent weeks has been quite fruitful.

On top of that, I have had a lot of freelance writing jobs (more than usual) and still found time to write these poems, be they a few days later than normal. Saying that, let's not dally any longer. Take a seat and enjoy this week's collection.

Before: Front Garden

Before: Front Garden

After: Front garden

After: Front garden

Bill Holland

"Next request: my first car, a '69 Camaro!"

We always remember our first vehicle don't we Bill? I am a little envious of you having a 69 Camaro as your first car though. Mine was a 1970 Hillman Hunter. Oh well, I still liked it. Let's get on to you poem shall we.

69 Camaro - American Muscle

69 Camaro - American Muscle

My 69 Camaro

My 69 Camaro

The star of Chevrolet,

It was the first car that I owned.

I’ve fond memories of those days.

I took a flight to L.A.

And I bought the car brand new

From my uncle a car dealer,

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So, a good deal I got too.

A competitor for Mustang,

The muscle car of Ford.

Some called it just a pony car,

But to me, it was much more.

It was canary yellow colour,

But it sure did more than tweet.

With its black contrasting racing stripes,

It revved up nice and sweet.

It gave me new-found freedom

I’d never had before,

My friends all gave me a new respect

When I put the pedal to the floor.

Some say ladies love fast cars,

I like to think that’s true.

Did it make me a hit with girls?

That’s for me to know - not you!

But, my 69 Camaro

Marked the start of adulthood,

And no matter what would come to pass,

Those early years were good.

Pamela Oglesby

"As for next week, Easter is near and a variety of topics come to mind, from the spiritual value to the Easter bunny."

Sorry, I couldn't get a poem out in time for Easter, Pamela. But, better late than never.

Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from Pixabay

Image by Susanne Jutzeler, suju-foto from Pixabay

Easter is Over

Easter is over,

The bunny is gone.

Amid Covid-19

We ate eggs alone.

No one is travelling,

The beaches all closed,

So roads were deserted

As families stayed home.

Easter is over

But the virus still here,

When Christmas arrives

Will there be any cheer?

Then came the healing time, hearts started to shine, soul felt so fine, oh what a freeing time it was.

— Aberjhani, Songs from the Black Skylark zPed Music Player

The bunny is gone: Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

The bunny is gone: Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

Shauna L Bowling

"So, you need more fuel. Let's see.... how about coming up with something about how cats view humans? With so many people being forced to work from home, domestic pets are either in heaven or feel their space has been invaded. I'm sure you can come up with something humorous."

Shauna, with six cats this is something I certainly know a little bit about. It's good to be able to write a poem about a topic I don't need to research. I hope you enjoy it.

Humans: No fur, no paws, no tail. They run away from mice. They never get enough sleep. How can you help but love such an absurd animal?

— Anonymous cat about humans


A Cat's Eye View

It’s time to wake up,

Can’t you hear my meows?

My tummy is hurting

So please feed me now!

That milk in your coffee,

It’s a total waste.

Pour some in a saucer

And give me a taste.

You spend too much time

Watching that screen.

I’ll sit on your keyboard

And have a quick preen.

I’ll allow you to stroke me

And I may even purr,

But please don’t complain

When I need to shed fur.

Don’t give me a cat bed,

I’ll sleep where I choose,

On top of the wardrobe

Or on your best shoes.

I’ve brought you a treat

I know you’ll adore,

A half-eaten mouse

On your bedroom floor.

To show that you’re worthy

To be in my presence,

You can change my litter,

And be at my service.

You are my pet human,

I love you to bits,

Just don’t spoil the dog.

That gives me the sh*ts.

My cats Nike and Chairman Meow

My cats Nike and Chairman Meow

Ruby Jean Richert

"how about doing one about Kenny Roger's death. He was so special. I saw him in person in Vegas in the 70s he was with a group who called themselves The Third Editions. They were playing in a small room. Phillis Diller had the main stage. I knew he had something special. Thanks"

On March 20, 2020, Kenny Rogers died from natural causes. He was a great singer, songwriter, and entertainer. May he rest in peace.

The words of this poem are all the names of songs sung by Kenny Rogers.

There's a new hit rock group or singer every five minutes, but with country music, you have one hit and those people love you forever.

— Kenny Rogers

John Mathew Smith & from Laurel  Maryland, USA / CC BY-SA (

John Mathew Smith & from Laurel Maryland, USA / CC BY-SA (

Ode to Kenny Rogers

Desperado, I don’t need you,

Always leaving, always gone.

But you know I love you

The only way I know.

If I knew what I know now,

Every time two fools collide.

Don’t fall in love with a dreamer,

If I could only change your mind.

What a wonderful beginning

One place in the night.

In your coat of many colors

You decorated my life.

Daytime friends and nighttime lovers,

Eyes that see in the dark.

I prefer the moonlight,

Write your name across my heart.

You were a good friend

Through the years.

The heart of the matter,

I trust you I swear.

Goin’ home to rock,

Me and Bobby McGee.

Love or something like it,

Islands in the stream.

Reuben James, the gambler

I trust you heed the call.

Maybe you should know

The long arm of the law.

The coward of the county,

Crazy, Tulsa turnaround.

Somebody help me, Ruby,

Don’t take your love to town.

© 2020 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on February 14, 2021:

It is good you found one of my older articles not on Discover to comment on, Tanmoy. Thank you for checking in. Glad you enjoyed this collection. Yes, I am sure my eldest son is older than you.

Hegel from 26.3452° N, 89.4482° E on February 14, 2021:

Dropped by to say hi.

I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of poems. I am regularly checking your hubs, and will be giving my critique to the gamut of your work. I've already skimmed through some of your more personal hubs, and your eldest son appears to be older than me!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on June 01, 2020:

Thank you Lawrence. Your visits to the porch are always welcomed. Bring the dog and cats anytime too.

Lawrence Hebb from Hamilton, New Zealand on May 31, 2020:


As a slave to two cats, and an owner of a dog I can say I thoroughly enjoyed all the poetry here.

I also enjoyed the poem about Kenny Rogers.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on May 04, 2020:

Thank you Sankajit. Appreciated.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on May 04, 2020:

realistic view on lock down

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on May 04, 2020:

Hello ps. Thank you for reading and for sharing your story with us. I found it interesting that your ex-husband raced the mustang without you knowing. Stay safe and thanks for the angels.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on May 04, 2020:

Thank you Jo, yes when stuck at home more I have no excuse for not writing.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on May 04, 2020:

How interesting the way you created this work for us. The one that stands out most is the one about the Mustang. When we were living in Japan because my ex-husband was in the Air Force, he bought a Shelby Mustang and it was bright yellow. And he went on to win lots of races on the base they're on Tachikawa Air Base there in Japan. It had a fiberglass body so we had agreed not to race it. Well --I guess it turns out I agreed and he just went along with me believing that he wouldn't race it . One Saturday when I was doing spring cleaning I found a whole lot passel of trophies under the bed. O my.... that is another story. Thank you for sharing, Jodah; I always glad when I stop to read your writings. Many Angels headed your way. Hoping that you and your family are all well and safe. ps

Jo Miller from Tennessee on May 04, 2020:

Glad you are staying busy and so productive during our shared pandemic.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 29, 2020:

Thank you Mark. Variety is my middle name lol.

Mark Tulin from Long Beach, California on April 29, 2020:

Great read and variety of poems.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 29, 2020:

Thank you Devika. I agree, none of us expected to be in a situation like this. We just have to try to make the most of the situation. I appreciate you reading and stay safe.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 29, 2020:

Hi Jodah since the lock down I have been spending time in the garden and away from people. I never thought I would be in this position as the world is in too. Your hub is enlightening,

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 28, 2020:

Thank you , Linda. I agree that the future is somewhat an unknown at the moment and what unfolds we just have to wait and see.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 28, 2020:

This is an interesting set of poems. The one about Easter is thought-provoking. Thinking about the future is interesting and a bit worrying.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 28, 2020:

Aw are too kind. I try my best. Thank you for reading.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 28, 2020:

All excellent! The exciting mood of the first poem is so right for the first time car owner! You're just exceptional, Jodah! No matter the topic, you deliver off the charts.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 28, 2020:

Thank you for visiting and reading, Sankhajit. Much appreciated.

Sankhajit Bhattacharjee from MILWAUKEE on April 28, 2020:

excellent piece of writing

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 28, 2020:

I knew that would be your favourite, Flourish. So glad Stella approved.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 28, 2020:

Over the top favorite—you know the one! Cats! I read it to Stella, my calico and she swished her tail.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 27, 2020:

Thank you for visiting my porch collection Dream On. I know how you love your cat Charlotte so I thought you’d annoy “A Cat’s Eye View.” I am happy you enjoyed the other poems as well. Take care and have a great week.

DREAM ON on April 27, 2020:

You put together a wonderful collection. I am glad you told me about A Cat's Eye View. You must have had help from your six cats writing this. It was amazing. I am always impressed when people write from the heart. Lovely work. Have a pleasant night.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 27, 2020:

MizB, please feel free to use the cat poem on your Facebook page. I share a lot of my poetry from HubPages on Facebook. They don’t seem to class putting on social media as stolen or copied. Glad you enjoyed this collection.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 27, 2020:

Thank you Rasma. I certainly hope this virus is controlled and that life returns to some sort of normal before Christmas. Stay safe.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 27, 2020:

I am glad my poems offer a respite from the current news of the world. Yes, do as a much work as you can while you have the opportunity and the weather is conducive. Have a good week.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on April 27, 2020:

I love them all this porch, John, but my favorite is the cat poem, of course. Do you think I could get away with reposting it on my Facebook page? I would boastingly give you the credit, of course, but I wouldn't want HP to claim it was stolen. The Camero brought back memories. My cousin married a rich guy, so she had one, in between Corvettes, of course. And Kenny Rogers was one of my favorite singers. You outdid yourself this week, my friend. Now you'll just have to try harder. LOL

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 27, 2020:

All of these were wonderful. Absolutely delightful and loved them all. Oh, please in the poem about Easter you mentioned if we would have cheer at Christmas this cannot go on that long. I love your garden and how you described your peaceful world.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 27, 2020:

Thanks Linda. While we have garden we can never be bored, and it is coming along nicely. Glad you enjoyed these poems and I do appreciate your generous comment.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 27, 2020:

Rinita, you are always welcome to visit if you do come to Australia. Yes, those cats certainly do rule, and who doesn’t have fond memories of their first car. Thanks for the kind comment.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 27, 2020:

John, too late, I ' dun ' did it. Hee

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 27, 2020:

Reading your poems is always a nice respite from the daily news. You have been busy! We are also working on projects around our home. Yesterday we did some power washing of sidewalks and still have most of our driveway and back patio to do. Then we will tackle the outside windows. We have already trimmed out outdoor shrubs. It is quickly heating up, and our goal is to finish most of the outdoor projects before the summer heat is here to stay.

That photo at the top was great! Whoever assembled those books did a good job of describing our current situation.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 27, 2020:

Oh, John, where to begin? FIrst, your front yard looks amazing. What a transformation. I like how you wrote of Bill's dream machine. The cat poem was pure fun (and I almost spit coffee when I read the last line). I sincerely hope that by Christmas this virus will be a speck in the rear view mirror. Easter did not seem very joyous. Kenny Rogers was loved by many; I hope he knew how much he was admired.

Have a wonderful day and stay safe.

Rinita Sen on April 27, 2020:

I'd like to begin by saying that your front garden is beautiful. Makes me want to visit. Well, if I'm ever in Australia :)

We're still on our first car. In my country first cars are purchased at a much later age than in the west. We love the car to bits, but the lockdown has spoiled the battery unfortunately. Your poem is a good reminder of why we love the car so much.

Oh my gosh the cats! Are they cats or lions? Lol. Looks like they rule humans.

Amazing diversity yet again today, in this edition.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 27, 2020:

Hey, Jason, thanks for checking these out.Yes, the Camaro was quite a car. We didn't have them in Australia, but we had one built by General Motors called the Monaro that was very similar as a competitor for the Ford Mustang and the Chrysler Charger. Glad you got a laugh out of the cat poem too. All safe here, hope you are as well.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on April 26, 2020:

I loved the Camaro poem. I absolutely love Camaro's and the 1969s is my favorite. It a muscle car that knows how to flex. My Uncle owned one. He used to call it his Ferrari. Yes, it was fast. It even had Nitrous oxide.

Your Easter poem was also great. Hopefully, the Corona-Grinch doesn't show up and steal Christmas.

The cat poem was amazing and my favorite of the group. I was fricking cracking up laughing reading it. Great job. I'm still smiling from that one.

The Kenny Rogers poem was cool too. Really they were all delightful to read. Nice job John! I hope you're healthy and safe. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 26, 2020:

Thanks for being a regular visitor to my porch collection, Lora. I found the cat poem easy to write and hope I captured their thoughts and actions well enough. The Easter one was a no-brainer too as people weren't allowed to travel away for the long weekend so it was a bit of a dampener for many. We are expecting some restrictions to be eased here from Friday as new virus cases continue to fall.

Lora Hollings on April 26, 2020:

I sure had a good time reading your wonderful collection of poems this week, John! But, the one that I liked best was "A Cat's Eye View." Having many cats throughout my life, I would say you captured the essence of the cat's behavior and probably their thoughts too! My cat, Beauregarde, would always put his front paws in my shoes and then sit down! The Easter poem was great too. Very witty, indeed. Stay safe out there.

Kyler J Falk from California on April 26, 2020:

Wooo, excited to see what you come up with! Can't wait!

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 26, 2020:

Cheers Bill! Glad I captured the sentiment of that first car. First girlfriend though, that will be interesting. I may have to combine your request with one Kyler made “first love.” Stay tuned.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 26, 2020:

You nailed it, John. Sadly it did not help me with girls, but I still thought I was riding on a magic carpet. Love that accompanying quote. I will go to my grave with fond memories of that car, and your poem said it all perfectly. Thanks, buddy! Now for the next request: the first girlfriend.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 26, 2020:

Your comment put a smile on my dial, Ruby. I am am happy you liked the Kenny Rogers poem especially. What can I say other than, “Ruby, don’t take your love to town.”

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 26, 2020:

Good to see you Kyler. You are right that not every poem can be cheerful and uplifting, we have to face the real world and its troubles now and then..hence the Easter poem. One of your requests will be included in the next collection.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 26, 2020:

Thank you as always for reading these poems from the porch, Liz. Wishing you all the best.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 26, 2020:

Shauna, you are so observant. Yes, Bill told me the colour of his Camaro and where he purchased it, that’s about it. You are right about Kenny’s songs too. Desperado was by the Eagles, Coat of Many Colors by Dolly Parton, and Me and Bobby McGee by Kris Kristofferson, but he did cover versions of all of them and frequently performed them. The cat poem could be about almost any feline. Have a great week.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 26, 2020:

Hi Pamela, always good to see you and I am happy you enjoyed this collection. I echo your hopes about the virus.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on April 26, 2020:

I'm sitting here with a grin and a tear or two. You outdid yourself, using his songs as you did was so very clever! I liked all the poems, but may I say, " You decorated my life. " Thank you.

Kyler J Falk from California on April 26, 2020:

Another pleasant visit to the porch, John!

The charm of these porch poems never cease to appeal to me. My favorite from this iteration has to be the Easter poem, because it helped to bring me back down from outer space. My brain has been rushing, and a little downer to my upper is always appreciated.

Can't wait for next time!

Liz Westwood from UK on April 26, 2020:

I look forward to your poems from the porch as a welcome distraction from the sad news of COVID-19. You never fail to disappoint. I envy your ability to turn your hand to any subject. Your range is amazing, especially the cat's eye view.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 26, 2020:

John, I love Bill's '69 Camaro. Did he give you some history?

I got plenty of giggles from "A Cat's Eye View". Did my furry felines whisper in your ear? I swear, I heard them talking in your funny poem!

Love the Kenny poem, too. However, I thought "Desperado" is an Eagles song, "Coat of Many Colors" is Dolly Parton, and "Me and Bobby McGee" was first by Kris Kristofferson, made famous by Janis Joplin. With the exception of "Coat of Many Colors" (true story about Dolly's poor upbringing and a coat her mom patched together for her) did Rogers actually pen these songs for other artists to sing?

I enjoyed this break, as always, John. You've been busy!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 26, 2020:

This is another excellent group of poems. Thank you for the Easter poem and I should hope that the virus is but a memory by Christmas. I thought the poem about cats was so cute and each poem today was unique and entertaining.

Have a good week, John.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 26, 2020:

Good work, Clive. I knew I could count on you (and those Covid- crushing elves.)

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 26, 2020:

Thank you for reading and commenting, Charlie.

The Kenny Rogers poem did take some work juggling the titles around to make sense. Glad it worked.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on April 26, 2020:

Just spoke with Santa...he is sending elves to demolish Covid for Christmas will be OK. Cheers ,

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 26, 2020:

Hi Rosina. I always appreciate your generous comments. Glad you enjoyed the Camaro poem.

Charlie Halliday from Scotland on April 26, 2020:

Another great collection John. Great work on the Kenny Rogers use of song titles.

Rosina S Khan on April 26, 2020:

John, as always I loved all the poems in this collection but my fave is Bill's poem "My 69 Camaro". Thank you for sharing this beautiful collection of poems.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 26, 2020:

Lorna, I am sure your field of work is in great demand at this time. That is a somewhat sad fact but it is good their are people like you qualified to deal with it. Thank you for reading and for your generous comment.

I wasn’t sure I pulled off the Kenny Rogers poem successfully. It took a lot of juggling the song titles to try to make some sense. I am happy you found it successful.

John Hansen (author) from Australia (Gondwana Land) on April 26, 2020:

Thank you, Ann. I took time to listen to some Kenny Rogers songs while I was researching for the poem. He did have such an “engaging” voice I would say, and so many wonderful songs - most with good messages. I am glad you liked Bill’s Camaro poem too.

Lorna Lamon on April 26, 2020:

It's good to keep busy John and I am trying to get into the garden, however, I'm still working from home as mental health is at an all time high.

Your collection was a much needed respite and once again I am so impressed with this variety.

Your poem to Kenny Rogers is a masterpiece as you have cleverly included all his hits in the verses. I doff my cap to you on this one sir - great work. Just to let you know I am having an evening cuppa in honour of this reading.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 26, 2020:

Brilliant poems, John! Love that Camaro and the picture of the masked bunny had me laughing.

My favourite poem here is the Kenny Rogers one. He had such a lovely voice and oh, those eyes! I liked his duos with Dolly Parton.

Thanks for taking us away from the everyday present - this was just what I needed.


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