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Poems From the Porch 35

John has many years of writing experience in poetry, short fiction and text for children's books. Basically, he just loves to write.

Some of my poetry and short story collection

Some of my poetry and short story collection

A Trio of Poems

Welcome to the porch for another week. I know most of you are finally welcoming summer, here in the Land Down Under we get winter instead. It is nice and brisk here on the porch this morning..10 degrees Celsius at 10 am.

There are only three poems for you this week, but I did publish one stand-alone a couple of days ago for Bill Holland so that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it. So, we have a poem about brave COVID warriors, one about pet birds, and last but not least, one about some grumpy guy who doesn't want a poem lol. I hope you enjoy this collection.

Ruby Jean Richert and Vidya D Sagar

"How about doing a poem about the brave nurses who are on the front lines, working so hard to save lives during this virus outbreak? " ~ Ruby

"Yes, a poem on the brave COVID warriors would be a good topic for the next series."

~ Vidya D Sagar

I'm ready but not well-equipped [but] it's my duty to help in this time of pandemic.

— April Abrias, midwife in Manila

These Brave COVID Warriors

The World is under Viral attack

on a level rarely seen,

from a coronavirus strain

simply called COVID-19.

All continents are reeling

From the high infection toll,

and death-rates so disturbing,

it seems out of control.

As people panic, and complain

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amid lockdowns and bans,

the brave front-line health workers

donate their time and hands.

They are selfless, bold, and caring,

taking danger in their stride,

to help heal and care for sufferers,

and to stem the virus tide.

So, let’s give praise and gratitude

for the sacrifice they make,

these COVID-19 warriors

who take risks for our sake.

Image by Ajay kumar Singh from Pixabay

Image by Ajay kumar Singh from Pixabay

Venkatachari M

"Can you write a poem on bird lovers keeping pet birds like parrots and mynas and celebrating their birthdays or home-coming anniversaries? .. My wife used to celebrate the birth anniversaries of the bird mynah, for example."

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill, of things unknown, but longed for still, and his tune is heard on the distant hill, for the caged bird sings of freedom.

— Maya Angelou

Birds of a Feather

Although I wish all birds were free

sadly, this can’t be a reality.

For the truth is, that I hope you see,

some birds are born in captivity.

If cage-bred birds should be released

to fly free, and live in trees,

they wouldn’t know how to survive,

but fall prey, starve or freeze.

Pet birds must be kept active

with toys and things to do,

let out to fly around inside,

be part of the family too.

Some types of birds can mimic,

like parrots, mynahs too.

They’re intelligent and learn to talk,

and imitate the things you do.

So, if you have a captive bird

make sure you ring its bell.

Interact and play with it

and it will give you love as well.

Celebrate its birthday

with special treats and presents,

then it will never want to leave.

It will think you are its parents.

So, please don’t keep your bird outside

in a cage in cold, wet weather.

Let it inside to share the warmth,

birds of a feather stick together.

Eric Dierker

"I need a poem about being so grumpy grouchy that I don't want a poem - Bah Humbug."

In a comment on my following edition of Poems From the Porch, Eric added:

" Oh and thank you for not writing a poem about not writing a poem."

Well, sorry about that Eric. I did, and here it is!

I’m Grumpy and I’m Grouchy. Please Don’t Write Me A Poem!

Sometimes I’m called The Grinch or Scrooge,

I can really be a grump.

Please don’t try to make me laugh

Or I’ll give you a thump.

I hate it when I try to smile,

It really hurts my face,

So, all those jokes and funny puns,

Take to some other place.

All your attempts to cheer me up

Are best kept on the shelf.

I’m happy just to sit here

Feeling sorry for myself.

I’m grumpy and I’m grouchy

So let me complain alone,

And please..oh please..bah humbug,

Do Not Write Me a Poem!

Image by Claudia Peters from Pixabay

Image by Claudia Peters from Pixabay

Acceptance or Non-Acceptance for LetterPile

For some time now I have wondered why these poetry collections "Poems From the Porch" tend to be allocated a fairly low hub score and have never been selected for the niche site, LetterPile. However, noticing that Bill Holland's "The Writer's Mailbag" series has never been moved either, I determined that this type of serial article is not considered suitable.

Anyway, recently I submitted one of my stand-alone poems (that I still regard part of the series, because it was requested by a colleague) "A Horror Story." I received this very polite rejection email from HubPages, which at least clarifies things a bit:

"Hi, John! Thank you for sharing this atmospheric poem; we enjoyed reading it! Unfortunately, mailbag-type articles (where the author writes in response to reader requests) aren't published on LetterPile. We look forward to reading more of your future work!

You are welcome to rework this article and submit it for re-review in 60 days, but please keep in mind that the topical issues above can be difficult to fix. Your effort may be better spent publishing a new article or submitting a different one for LetterPile after the 14-day wait period."

So, if any of you were unsure about this, now you have an answer. Until next week, stay safe and I wish you well with your writing. Oh, and keep the requests coming.

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels

Photo by Suzy Hazelwood from Pexels

© 2020 John Hansen


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 24, 2020:

Thanks for going back and digging this one up Flourish. I have been going through old email notifications and looking for hubs I may have missed too.

Yes, this pandemic is going on far too long. There is a lot of grumpiness around.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 24, 2020:

Good tribute to frontline workers. I missed this when it first came out but glad I read it now. This pandemic is making a lot of us feel like Eric — grumpy.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on September 30, 2020:

Yes, they deserve all the appreciation we can muster, Diana. Thank you for reading and commenting.

Diana Carol Abrahamson from Somerset West on September 30, 2020:

Thanks John.Appreciated your corona poem and hailing the frontline workers.They need to be appreciated more.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 17, 2020:

Anupam, thank you for the generous comment. It would be my pleasure to collaborate on a poem with you.

Email me and we shall discuss a subject etc.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on July 17, 2020:

John, I would like to collab a poem with you on any of the theme chosen by you. I love reading your poems and respect your generosity.

Your poems are so appealing. I love reading them.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 13, 2020:

Hi again Greg. Whenever I publish a one-off poem without reference to Poems From the Porch it goes to a niche site. I know I could separate all these and have them moved but it doesn’t really worry me. I am enjoying this format. Besides if you believe the “experts” in the Forums, LetterPile is the lowliest of the niche sites and gets very little traffic so they say it is a waste of time having any writing there. Whether I take much heed of that opinion is another matter however. Yes, the family visit was great. I hope you see your new grand baby soon too.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on July 12, 2020:

Roger copy...well, nothing wrong with the one-off getting through here and there. Many weeks ago I noticed the same thing about yours and Bill's recurring reader-involved works. I didn't know why it was the way it was, but I did notice. In any case, I believe most of your individual poems could break out onto the LetterPile if you published them that way. Might be something for you to consider. Anyway, in the meantime, I look forward to continuing to enjoy your works. Also hope the family visit went well for you. So happy you got to go see the grandbaby. We've not seen ours who was born in the height of the corona affair but we are talking about going very soon.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 12, 2020:

Thanks Greg, glad you enjoyed these poems. I agree with you about the Grumpy Old Men movies. They were wonderful.

Yes, I understand HubPages policy too, the only problem is one of my stand alone poems from the Poems From the Porch series was moved to Letterpile. It must have snuck through but I’m not saying anything.

greg cain from Moscow, Idaho, USA on July 12, 2020:

John - great stuff! Outstanding tribute to the front-line nurses doing the deed for the greater good; and a nice bit of advice to the pet bird owners out there. I especially like the Grumpy Old Men poem and video combination. Great series of movies that always made me laugh out loud.

It was also interesting to read the response from HubPages on the niche site submissions. That policy makes sense to me as long as it's uniformly applied.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 10, 2020:

Thank you Nithya. Much appreciated.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 09, 2020:

A wonderful trio, I enjoyed reading all the poems. The poem about COVID warriors is great, they put their lives on the line.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 08, 2020:

Thank you ps. Yes, it seems more like science fiction. It is hard to believe it is the current reality. Stay safe.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on July 08, 2020:

Hi. You nailed it with the covid poem...who would have even thought it would be a part of our reality ??? Take care and stay safe and well..Angels headed your way..


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 30, 2020:

Anupam, thank you for such kind words. God bless you too.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on June 29, 2020:

Amazing collection John. You indeed are a blessed talented poet filled with such pure emotions that you can express so easily in your words.

God bless you.

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

Thank you Devika.

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

Thank you Jodah for a well written poem. This time in life it is challenging and and get one to be grumpy.

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

Thanks for reading these poems, Kyler. I am glad you enjoyed and could relate to the one about grumpiness. As for your challenge, that’s another story. I can certainly relate life to an onion, but the tesseract, now that poses a challenge. An epic tale none the less. Let’s just say I’ll try to come up with something.

Kyler J Falk from California on June 26, 2020:

I really appreciated the poem about not wanting poems, it was my favorite this time around.

It is all too infrequent that we take the time to turn grouchiness into the artistry that it is, and being one of those grouch types I can really appreciate the humor behind it. Always nice to relate to a poem, especially when it encapsulates a side people usually hate in a fair and brighter light.

I have a request that may pose a real challenge for you here:

Life is so diverse and full of different perspectives that clash, collide, and combine into this beautiful picture we call life; as such, I've likened its many layers to an onion and its infinite possibilities to the tesseract.

I would absolutely love for you to devise an epic tale of the relationship between the many-layered onion, and the many-faced tesseract!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 25, 2020:

Thank you MsDora, I appreciate your kind comment, encouragement and support. The front line health workers deserve our praise and thanks.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on June 25, 2020:

I especially appreciate that tribute to the front-line health workers. All your poems are well-written, and I hope that they receive wide readership despite the HubPages system. Be encouraged!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 24, 2020:

Thank you Niks. I am glad you enjoyed these poems. I appreciate your comment.

Niks from India on June 24, 2020:

This hub having a Trio of 3 poems is remarkable. I like your creativity with words. Thanks, John for giving a great treat of poems to the readers.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 24, 2020:

Liz, thank you for the kind words and your continued support. I probably have over 100 hubs on various niche sites but none of the Poems From the Porch series (other than one special stand alone one called “Please Daddy Put That Gun Away”...I must have snuck it past them.)

What concerns me most is the scores they give these articles. Most of the Poems From the Porch are bundled together with scores of between 61 and 63 yet they all meet the recommended word counts, have enough photos and videos etc. It doesn’t seem to matter what changes I make. I guess they consider they won’t attract outside traffic.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 24, 2020:

Hi Shauna, yes I had fun writing “grumpy” one for Eric. No, you didn’t miss the poem on favourite scents/smells. It is on my list but may be a couple of weeks away. Who are we to question why HP does the things they do, right? Thanks for visiting as always.

Liz Westwood from UK on June 24, 2020:

Another great collection. I appreciate the originality and humour of your petry to order. Thanks for clearing up the niche mystery. It's a shame that two of the best writers on Hub Pages (you and Bill Holland) don't feature on a niche site. You certainly deserve better scores.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on June 24, 2020:

John, I love all of these poems. I'm having a hard time choosing a favorite, but Grumpy made me chuckle.

The explanation HP offered for mailbag-type articles not making Letterpile, was indeed polite, but I'm not sure I agree with it. Oh well, who am I to say, right?

Have you written a poem for my last request regarding favorite scents/smells or did I miss it?

Ann Carr from SW England on June 24, 2020:

Oh, thanks John, I didn't realise I'd missed one - bit scatty and preoccupied! Sorry I missed it, I'll be over to look.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

Hi Ann, yes we certainly do get attached to pets especially ones as talented as Coco was. I can understand your dad’s emotions when he died. Some birds are amazing. Glad you enjoyed Eric’s Grumpy one. Yes, we have very mild winters here compared to you but we still feel it. Thanks....oh, I don’t think you checked Poems From the Porch 33 yet, there was one there for you about a single flower head...Sunflower.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

Hello Mary, I don’t know where I get the lines from either, but glad I gave you a laugh. Have a great day/night.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

Thank you Clive, I appreciate your comment,

Ann Carr from SW England on June 23, 2020:

We had a budgie when I was a little girl (yes, I really was once!) and he was a joy! Coco learnt nursery rhymes and got them all mixed up. He played fetch with a pencil that had a loop in the end - he would run up and down the window sill, loop in beak, then drop the pencil. He chattered until we picked it up, then he'd repeat the whole act again, for as long as we could put up with it! I only saw my Dad cry twice - the first time was when Coco died.

A lad at school with me had a pet chough, that used to sit on his shoulder as he walked round the village - it talked and mimicked sounds (as many birds do). I was amazed that it didn't fly away.

Great poems, all of them, but I love the one about Eric!!

Hope your winter is kind to you! I know it's usually quite mild.


Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on June 23, 2020:

I enjoyed these three poems, but I had a great laugh at the end. I don't know where you get your lines, but you're a genius at creating them.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on June 23, 2020:

As usual...great set

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

Ruby, I knew you couldn’t have a dog or cat, but didn’t know you couldn’t have a pet bird either due to the dander. Perhaps you need to get a fish. Thank you for reading and enjoying.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

Thank you for reading Linda. So glad you enjoyed these, especially Eric’s grumpy one. I am glad HP is consistent in this at least. I thought your Culinary Q&A were on HubPages as well.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

Hello Peg. My parents used to have a pet Galah parrot that could talk. The health care workers are heroes in my book, and glad the grouchy poem made you smile. Thank you for reading. I hope to continue this for quite sometime though I doubt I will ever match the number of Mailbags that Bill has written.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on June 23, 2020:

Of course I loved them all but the one about the birds put a BIG smile on ' me face. I would love to have a pet bird but one of my allergies is animal dander. so it's a no no.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on June 23, 2020:

John, I enjoyed all three, but especially the poem for Eric. I might call him many things but grumpy is not on the list. We've talked on the phone several times and he's a riot.

By the way everything that I write goes to the niche site except the weekly Carb Diva Q&A, so at least HP is consistent.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on June 23, 2020:

The ode to health care workers during this pandemic is timely. I also enjoyed the birds' poem. My mother had a pet canary for many years, actually a series of them, and my brothers at one time had parakeets. The grouchy poem has me smiling. As to what makes it onto niche sites, and what does not, I sometimes scratch my head. I hope that you and Bill both continue your series.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

Haha Bill, I love your opinion of HP’s taste in writing. Thanks for the kind comment..yep, I will keep on. I loved “the grouch” too.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on June 23, 2020:

I love those form letters from HP....NOT! They couldn't spot talent if they fell into a vat full of it.

Carry on my friend! You are good, and HP is blind.

Loved these three, especially grouch!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

Hey, Eric. I was looking forward to read what you thought of the “grumpy” poem you didn’t want. Glad it gave you a laugh, and that you liked the bird one.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

Thank you Pamela, both on your appreciation of these poems and your support in regard to them not being considered fora niche site.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on June 23, 2020:

Yes once again it takes me a visit per poem. Your bird poem is just fantastic. Harsh truths done in lovely style. We have birds that nest and hang out, away from predators, in our screened in patio. I reckon it is a cage to relax in, but they are our birds, make no mistake.

A good giggle and then belly laugh is the way to start the day. Thanks for being so understanding of my grumpiness :-)

I often conclude that the HP gods are lessor gods to the google gods and we are lessor than both. Hey maybe I should submit one for the super sites. Nah. I think not.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on June 23, 2020:

These three poems are excellent as usual. I liked the bird poem as I raised a few cockatiels and it was very enjoyable. I am a retired nurse, like Ruby, and of course, I liked that poem. I think we all got a smile on Eric's poem.

I do not agree with Hubpages as these poems are so good but that won't help you. It does seem unfair.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

Thank you, manatita. Yes, it is always interesting know the HP guidelines. Some are not widely publicised.

manatita44 from london on June 23, 2020:

Job well done, John. Interesting bit from the Hub pages gods.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

Thank you so much for your kind comment, Swati. I am glad you especially liked the “Birds of a Feather” poem. Have a great day.

Swati Khandelwal from Nainital on June 23, 2020:

Hi jodah, I really liked the awesomeness and simplicity with which you presented these beautiful poems. I really liked the poem birds of a feather the most because I really love birds and want them to enjoy their freedom.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

I always look forward to your comments, Rosina. Thank you for reading and enjoying these poems.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on June 23, 2020:

Thank you for visiting before you left for work, Lorna. Glad you enjoyed these. Have a great day.

Rosina S Khan on June 23, 2020:

Thank you, John, for another wonderful collection of poems. All of them were lovely and well-expressed but I loved 'Birds of a Feather" the best. I feel good that the series continues and I look forward to the next collection.

Lorna Lamon on June 23, 2020:

Thought I would read this collection before I head off to work John. Again a diverse range of topics which I thoroughly enjoyed. I could not pick a favourite, as all three were little gems. Until next time - must run - just grab my toast.

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