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Poems From the Porch 45

John is a poet and short fiction writer who enjoys collaborating on stories with other writers, and partaking in challenges.

silver belt buckles: Image by Falkenpost from Pixabay

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My 11-Year Anniversary at HubPages

Wow, how time flies when you're having fun!

I knew it was coming up soon but my suspicions were confirmed when I received an email from the HubPages team congratulating me thus:


"Hi Jodah,

You have hit a pretty impressive milestone—your 11-Year Anniversary on HubPages! Thanks for gracing us with your creativity and unique perspective these past 11 years. HubPages wouldn't be the same without you. Happy Hubbiversary!

Fun fact: Items made of steel are traditionally given on 11 year anniversaries. Might be time to get a new piercing you've always wanted, or play it a little safer with some new silverware or a shiny new belt buckle!"


So, thank you HubPages for hosting my work for so many years, and putting up with my occasional whining and grumbling about the changes that have taken place in that time. Even though I complain when I feel it warranted, I still love this place and the community and won't be leaving in a hurry if I can help it.

All I want for my Anniversary present is to have the ability to comment reinstated for articles on the Network Sites. Just that one thing. Is it too much to ask?

Anyway, welcome to the 45th edition of Poems From the Porch. Take a seat and let's begin.


If you're snowed under, then keep this suggestion for any time later; just thought I'd say it before I forget! How about a poem about the chicken or the egg?! This comes from now having chickens who have been very obliging, since the day after we had them, with their egg production.

— Ann Carr

What Came First, Chicken or Egg?

Why do chickens cause such wonder,

And questions asked in such great numbers?

Are they such amazing creatures

With mysterious, outstanding features?


What came first, the question begs,

Was it the chicken or the eggs?

The truth maybe we’ll never know,

But eggs are laid and chickens grow.


Why did the chicken cross the road?

Is another question oft’ bestowed.

If the chicken isn’t in a pen,

It will cross the road because it can.


If the sky’s not really falling

Was chicken little tall-tale telling?

Is the moral, ‘Even chickens must be bold.

Or don’t believe all that you’re told’?

Chicken or egg? Image by Ulrike Mai from Pixabay

Chicken or egg? Image by Ulrike Mai from Pixabay

How about one on the characteristics of chickens? I never realised how entertaining they can be until we acquired our 3 in May!

— Ann Carr

Get Your Chickens. Going Cheep!

Chickens are a crazy lot,

They’ll help you dig your garden plot.

Each of them is quite unique

From their tails up to their beaks.


They flap their wings but can’t rise high,

Fly close to the ground, not in the sky.

The dominant bird will rule the roost

And pecking order, let them choose.


Roosters crow at the break of day,

Or sometimes earlier, come what may.

While chickens forage in the ground

For seeds and bugs that can be found.


Hens lay eggs when days are long,

So feed them well and keep them strong.

In turn, they’ll pay you for their keep -

As pets, chicken are cheap, “cheep, cheep.”

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Now how about a lazy afternoon, in a hammock, on the porch? Let's see what you can do with that one, my friend.

— Bill Holland

A Lazy Afternoon in a Hammock on the Porch

My back porch is my sanctuary,

A place where I retreat,

To sit and contemplate on life,

Or have a drink and bite to eat.


The view around is tranquil,

My respite from the world.

Relaxing in my hammock,

Where my poet’s pen unfurls.


The trees sway gently in the breeze,

Birds trill their happy song,

Insects buzz in the garden,

And cats sleep all day long.


Life goes on around me,

I can see the neighbourhood.

A siren sometimes breaks the peace,

But all in all, it’s good.


We need to take time to relax,

The world can move too fast.

Once I tried to match its pace

But that was in the past.


Now I set my own timeline,

There’s no fear of running late.

Snug in my hammock on the porch

I even forget the time and date.


Take my advice, for life, is short,

Don’t waste it being stressed.

Enjoy your little place on Earth,

And be thankful you’re so blessed.

Hammock: Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from

Hammock: Image by Peggy und Marco Lachmann-Anke from

(would God treat my questions as a sin?)

I question (talk) to Him about almost everything. I consider it as a good conversation. But sometimes I wonder if it's a sin

— Chrish Canosa

Will God Treat My Questions to Him as a Sin?

“Will God accept my questions

Or will he treat them as a sin?”

I am not qualified to say

So, direct it straight to Him.


My opinion though, for what it’s worth,

I’ll give it here for you.

It’s advice you can accept or not,

That choice is up to you.


Think of God as a father,

Benevolent and kind,

Someone who welcomes questions

Of each and every kind.


He may give you the answers

In ways, you cannot hear.

But solutions will come clear to you

If you open eyes and ears.


Asking God cannot be a sin,

I know he welcomes prayer.

Give praise, show thanks, be humble,

And His wisdom He will share.

Image by Jeff Jacobs from Pixabay

Image by Jeff Jacobs from Pixabay

Just Because It's Sunday and I Always Liked This Song

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

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 15, 2020:

Thank you for your congratulations, Millicent. I never expected to be here for that long but time flies. I am glad my poetry has a positive impact on you. Much appreciated.

Millicent Okello from Nairobi, Kenya on October 15, 2020:

Congratulations John.I can't believe that you are on your 11th year of good writing on hubpages. Your collection of poems have always made me be greatful for what and how they impact on me. Thanks and once more ,congratulations

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 14, 2020:

Thank you as always, Nithya. Your visit is much appreciated.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 14, 2020:

Congratulations on your 11 years anniversary! I loved all your poems and if I had to choose then it would be the poem A Lazy Afternoon in a Hammock on the Porch.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 14, 2020:

Hi Devika, thank you for continuing to follow me and my work over the years. Hopefully, I will be here for another 11 and produce another 450 hubs.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 14, 2020:

I am glad that you liked the chicken poems especially Ann. Yes, my muse seems to be working overtime...or force me to do so.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 14, 2020:

Congratulations! 11 years and you have written many hubs with great meaning and I enjoy reading your work Many years and you certainly worked hard here in wriitng and sharing quality hubs,

Ann Carr from SW England on October 14, 2020:

Great chicken poems, John! Thank you for responding to my suggestion. You are writing well these days and your muse seems to be working at full-speed!

I love all of these. You've got just the right mood and pace for each subject.

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

MsDora, I always go away from reading your comments and feel very satisfied and proud of my writing. Thank you for your encouragement.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on October 13, 2020:

Congratulations on 11 years of sterling quality contribution to HubPages. Sometimes, you're humorous; sometimes you think deeply; always you deliver excellence as you did in this batch! Best to you going forward to many more more years of amazing work!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Thank you Rinita, for reading, enjoying, and for the congratulations. Don't tell my hens, but I like to eat chicken too. I hope you get to visit that "distant land" one day too.

Rinita Sen on October 13, 2020:

I love this edition. And I love chicken (to eat, lol).

Anyway, the porch poem was vivid and took me to a distant land, a place where I want to be.

And of course, congratulations on your 11 years! Here's to many more!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 13, 2020:

Thank you for visiting the porch, Bill. Yes, hammocks are great. Have a great day.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 13, 2020:

Congratulations on 11 years, John. Loved the poems. The porch sounds very inviting right now, if only I had a hammock. Great job as always.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 12, 2020:

Thank you, Rida Fatima, for your generous comment and kind blessing.

Rida Fatima from Pakistan on October 12, 2020:

Congratulations on completing 11 years on Hubpages. I love your poems. May God bless you with much more.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 12, 2020:

Thank you Farah. When I joined here I never imagined I would still be writing at this site 11 years later. The hammock does seem popular. Cheers.

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on October 12, 2020:

Wow! 11 years in Hubpages is surely a big milestone! Congratulations!

As usual I loved all of them, but I liked "A Lazy Afternoon In a Hammock On The Porch" the most. Your porch seems to get the best of poetry out of you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 12, 2020:

Hi Greg, yes notifications have been off for me too. I seem to be getting some but not others. Anyway thank you for finding this and giving it a read. Glad you liked the Chicken or the Egg poem, I really do enjoy the challenge of writing poetry to people’s requests and would really miss writing this series should suggestions cease. Thank you for the kind comment.

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

John - so glad I came upon this. I now have my e-mail sorted, but my notifications were wonky for a time. In any case, I, too, enjoyed the Chicken or Egg poem best, though the others also struck my fancy. Since you made me pick in the poll, though...

Anyway, another great edition, and I not only enjoyed it I admire your hard work and dedication to the craft and the weekly poetry push. Nicely done, my friend.

Hope you have a good week.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 12, 2020:

Hello Lora. I had fun writing these this week, all for different reasons. I hope to see you back on the porch next week. Take care.

Lora Hollings on October 11, 2020:

I love all the poems this week, John. "What Came First, Chicken or Egg" is a fabulous fun poem. And although they were all wonderful, my favorite was the one about the hammock. Some sage advice for sure in that one. Life is short and we need to take time out to enjoy the simple pleasures which often turn out to give us the greatest joy!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thank you for the kind comments Chrish. I am glad you liked the second poem, but especially the one I wrote for your request. God bless you.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on October 11, 2020:

From my beautiful country Philippines Happy 11th year Anniversary on Hubpages!!! Your masterpiece I enjoyed so much thank you bunge for sharing.

My friends has been asking this too

Chicken first or egg !? Got me wonder too haha,,, but as I remember written in the Bible God created animals, I was never informed or have read that he made eggs ? My friends laugh anyway.

Thank you so much for accepting my request! You gave it justice. And I'm very happy !!!!! I enjoyed reading the second poem so much. Have an awesome time you all out here and God bless!!! More fun poems in the future ;-)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thank you Linda. Yes, chicken are fun pets.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Hi Brenda, yes I guess 11 years is quite a milestone. I think if I intended to leave HubPages I would have done so before now. Think God answers all questions but we need to be open to receive it. Thanks for watching the video too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

I am glad you appreciated that line, SARA. Thank you for reading and for your generous comment.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 11, 2020:

Congratulations on your HubPages anniversary, John. I especially enjoyed your second poem. I think chickens would be lovely pets.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 11, 2020:

John,

Congratulations on "11" years!! Quite a milestone and it gives us others encouragement to hang in there.

I must say I love your request for your anniversary. I hope they grant it.

I enjoy all your work, but I really like the one in the hammock.

Asking questions of God runs second, but I hope he truly answers all questions.

The video with Kris Kristofferson was great. I listened to it all.

Have a great day.

SARA from Islamabad on October 11, 2020:

"And be thankful you’re so blessed" this line shows gratitude. Beautifully written. All the poems show the writer's vast perspective and imagination.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thank you so much Flourish. Tranquility is a nice word isn’t it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Mary. Glad you had some quiet time to read and enjoy these poems.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thank you Nicholas, I try to add a bit of humour Or positive ness to most of what I write at the moment. I think people need it.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thank you Marie, it looks like a poem about manatees is the the popular consensus. Will do.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 11, 2020:

Congratulations on 11 successful years here. I enjoyed this edition’s porch poems. Your porch sounds tranquil especially with the hammock and cats.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 11, 2020:

Enjoyed reading these poems after our Thanksgiving dinner here in Canada. Everyone has some quiet time so here I am enjoying some verses.

Nicholas W King on October 11, 2020:

I love the sense of humor and cheerfulness in these. Great job, John.

Marie Flint from Jacksonville, FL USA on October 11, 2020:

I second the motion to make a poem about manatees, John. Be sure to put "Manatee" in the title, and I'll be sure to read it!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

I agree, Shauna. They are wonderful creatures, so I will certainly devote a poem to the manatee.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Audrey, I love that you used the Golden Girls names for your hens. Thank you for reading and enjoying these poems.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Peggy, I appreciate your comment and congratulations. I am pleased that you enjoyed all these poems. I would have to say “manatees” arens9mething I have never written about. In Australia we call them by their Aboriginal name: Dugong. They are certainly a worthy creature to write about. Thank you for the prompt.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thanks Pamela, much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Linda, “mellow fellow” haha reminds me of the name of a song “Mellow Yellow,” by Donovan:

“I'm just mad about saffron

A-saffron's mad about me

I'm-a just mad about saffron

She's just mad about me

They call me mellow yellow “

Aww, never been in a hammock? I am sure God does welcome every question thrown his way. Thank you for following me for ten years.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on October 11, 2020:

Big congratulations to you John! I love my chickens - all four of them. Named after the "Golden Girls", Blanche, Sophie, Rose, and my favorite, Dorothy, they each have personalities of their own.

Each of your poems are winners and I enjoy them all. Thanks, for these delightful treats.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 11, 2020:

John, I love Peggy's suggestion. We have manatees here in Central Florida. They're so cool. Often referred to as gentle giants or sea cows. However, they gravitate towards spring waters when the Atlantic Ocean becomes too warm. They're fascinating creatures. Peggy's request might be worthy of a standalone.

I look forward to what you come up with.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 11, 2020:

Congratulations on your HP anniversary! Getting the comments reinstated on the niche sites would be a blessing for all of us.

I could not choose a favorite this time because all of your poems were wonderful in different ways. It sounds like having chickens would be entertaining as well as profiting from having fresh eggs. I can relate to having spent some lazy time enjoying a hammock, and communicating with God is something I do daily in my prayers.

It is always a joy to read your poems and how you address diverse subjects. Have you ever written about manatees? That might be a fun topic.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 11, 2020:

I forgot to congratulate you on your 11th year anniversary. I just had my 11th recently as well. I hope you continue to stay her writing your very clever poems, John.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 11, 2020:

11 years. That's quite an accomplishment. I've been observing you for 10 of those and have only noticed one gripe or two. You're a pretty mellow fellow.

I cannot pick just one poem; chickens are funny little things and you did them well. I've never attempted a hammock and now that everyone has a camera at their fingertips I can guarantee that I ll never climb aboard one.

I believe, as you said, that God wants to hear from us. Asking questions isn't disrespectful, it's just a part of having a conversation with someone who loves you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thank you very much, Rasma. Glad you enjoyed the poems and the song.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on October 11, 2020:

Enjoyed all of these just delightful and love the song. Happy Anniversary to you! Time does fly when you're having fun.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Hello Kalpana. Thank you for your congratulations and kind comment. Hopefully the comments will be reinstated soon.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Chitrangada, thank you for the congratulations on 11 years here. A lot has changed in that time but we have always been able to comment. Glad to hear that you talk to God also.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

You are always a welcome guest on the porch, Shauna. I enjoy reading your comments and they add to the value of the article. Thank you for the Anniversary wishes too. Have a great day.

Kalpana Iyer from India on October 11, 2020:

Congratulations, John for completing 11 years! Time flies doesn't it? I have been around for 10 years, and it all seems just like yesterday. I really miss commenting on a lot of posts too. I hope HubPages brings it back soon to niche sites.

Also, it's fascinating how you can write on any topic (like, chickens!) and turn it into something that is so unique and creative. Keep writing!

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 11, 2020:

Congratulations on your eleven years anniversary. That’s huge and calls for a celebration. I wish, HubPages listens to you, by giving the birthday gift of your choice. This will make all of us happy, as well.

I liked all the above poems. Regarding the prayers—even I talk to God, about anything and everything. It’s a calming experience, always.

Thanks for sharing the wonderful poems and pictures.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on October 11, 2020:

John, first off, Happy Anniversary! I surely hope the HP gods honor your gift request. Nope, it's not too much to ask.

I love all today's poems. The chicken ones are humorous and put a smile on my face.

The hammock poem is so peaceful and relaxing. I love the message. I look forward to the day when I no longer have to be in the rat race and can have my personal clock move to my rhythm. It will be much as yours.

The final piece is quite profound. I don't pray, but I do talk to God. We have conversations and I think He appreciates that.

Thank you for opening your porch to us on this Sunday, John. You've started the day out with humor, wit, wisdom and hope.

Enjoy the rest of your day, my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thank you Anupam. Yes, chickens can be entertaining.

Anupam Mitu from MUMBAI on October 11, 2020:

Wonderful collection John. Chickens are quite interesting.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

It is always a pleasure, Bill. Glad you found the hammock poem relaxing. Thanks for the Anniversary acknowledgement, and like you, I’m not going anywhere. Someone has to keep the place in check.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 11, 2020:

Great fun with the chicken, and I'm feeling quite relaxed after reading the hammock poem. Thanks a bunch for taking on the challenge, and Happy Anniversary. Thank you for being a stalwart on this site.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thank you Eric. I am glad these poems were of some help at calming your anxious morning. I love hearing that they are meaningful for someone.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on October 11, 2020:

I had an anxious morning going. I have not a clue why. But oh yes it is John to the rescue. Wonderful peaceful poems acknowledging our friends a hammock and ending with a "prayer of thanks".

What a difference a poem makes. I am glad you share your gift so willingly.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thanks for visiting the porch, Pamela. Glad you enjoyed the poems.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thank you Cheryl. Much appreciated.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on October 11, 2020:

Happy anniversary and thank you for such a delightful piece of work. I love the picture of you in the hammock. 11 years is impressive.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 11, 2020:

This is another great sets of poems with a nice variety of themes. I laughed as I read about the chickens as those poems were entertaining. I really like the other two as well, John.

JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on October 11, 2020:

You are correct about the JC sobriquet. I always hoped it would give me some preferential treatment. Unfortunately, it seems I am just another amoeba in the muck of human existence.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Lorna, I always look forward to receiving your comments. Yes, chickens are always good for a smile. It is funny how they have a routine. As soon as I let mine out of the pen to free-range they first head to the mulberry tree to get any fruit on the ground or whatever they can reach by jumping up. After that, it is up to the porch to finish off any cat food that may be leftover.

I am glad you enjoyed the hammock poem too while sipping your cuppa by the fire.

Lorna Lamon on October 11, 2020:

Many congrats John on reaching this amazing milestone and gracing us with your wonderful upbeat presence and your timeless poems. I loved the chicken poems as we have always kept chickens for eggs. They are wonderful little characters and always make me smile. My favourite would have to be the hammock poem as it gave me a feeling of hope with its words of wisdom. Another diverse collection to brighten up the day, enjoyed over a cup of tea sitting by the fire.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

JC, I appreciate you taking the time to read and comment on these poems. Thank you for the congratulations too. I like the options that you gave God to reply to you but surprised you are still waiting. With the initials JC I thought you would get top priority.

JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on October 11, 2020:

As always, an excellent post. You are always extremely creative and thought provoking. Congrats on your 11th year at HubPages.

In reference to asking God questions, psychologists say that it's normal to talk to yourself. However, the problem comes in when you start answering yourself.

That's why in the extremely rare occasions I ask God something, I always tell Her to answer me via email, text or fax. I just want to make sure I have a hard copy so that there are no misunderstandings.. Unfortunately, so far, not even a phone call.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Hello, Li-Jen. It is always nice to receive your comments. Yes, chickens must have evolved without the ability to fly especially so humans could feed them haha. Thank you for reading. Have a great week.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thank you for your generous comment, Rosina. I am pleased that you enjoyed reading all these poems. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Thank you Liz. Yes, I am concerned about those other aspects of the niche site move as well. I hope they are all sorted out in time. All articles are much less appealing now.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on October 11, 2020:

Hi Liz, it is obvious that Ann is totally enjoying her chickens, hence asking for two poems about them. They are a wonderful pet and keep you in eggs, but if you travel a lot (when you can again) they need someone to look after them. I hear there is also another spread of bird flu, which is a worry for poultry owners.

I am glad you found the final poem offers hope.

Li-Jen Hew on October 11, 2020:

Hi Jodah, congratulations on reaching your 11th Anniversary on HubPages! The poems you have presented are thought provoking. Whether the chicken or egg comes first, is still a complicated question until today. Come to think of it, chickens are entertaining and the poem showed that they are on the ground for a reason. For us to "feed them well and keep them strong". They'll never fly away! It may be a "Lazy Afternoon" but your mind is running with ideas, "poet’s pen unfurls". Thanks for your advice "Life is short". "Solutions will come clear to you", that is true.

Rosina S Khan on October 11, 2020:

Congratulations, John on your 11th anniversary here at HubPages.com. Another marvelous collection of poems. The poems on the chickens were fun to read. All the poems are enjoyable but I especially loved "A Lazy Afternoon in a Hammock on the Porch" and "Will God Treat My Questions to Him as a Sin?" They couldn't be written better. Cheers!

Liz Westwood from UK on October 11, 2020:

Sorry, I got so absorbed in your poetry that I almost forgot: Congratulations on the 11 year anniversary and thanks for the plug about comments. I would like to see polls and maps reinstated as well as clearer thumbprints and text immediately under photos. My articles on the niche sites look a mess without these. Call outs have been spoilt too.

Looking forward to the next 11 years of reading your poems.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 11, 2020:

Another great selection of poems. My husband has sometimes spoken of keeping chickens. I am impressed by Ann's lockdown experience. In the UK there was a shortage at one time, as others were doing similar.

I couldn't help but reflect with your hammock on the porch, how fortunate you now are with the seasons, as we head rapidly into autumn and local lockdowns. That said, whatever happens, your final poem gives us all hope that we can take our questions and concerns to Father God.