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Poems From the Porch 48

John is a freelance writer, ghost-writer, storyteller, and poet. He always tries to include a message or social commentary in his writing

Surprise Creek, Northern Territory

Surprise Creek, Northern Territory

What Lies Ahead?

We all have to embrace change. I know that, and accept it. After all, if nothing ever changed things would stagnate, and there would be no progress. In saying that, I don’t think change should be instigated unless there are very good reasons and those arguments for change being necessary are clearly set out and transparent.

During my childhood we moved quite a few times, well only three to be exact, but for me that was too many. I know it was due to my dad’s job and him being required to relocate for promotion, but it seemed I was being uprooted from my school and friends after I had just become settled. Anyway, I am not a fan of unnecessary change or “change for change’s sake.” I need a damn good reason, and I adhere to the phrase, “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it.”

As we are all only too aware, at the present time this site is undergoing major change. lt is now part of the Maven conglomerate, and the way things are moving, HubPages as we know it (knew it) may never be the same. I hate being a nay-sayer and I hope I am proven wrong in regard to the success and continuation of HubPages as an entity, but it doesn’t look good.

We are still waiting with baited-breath for comments to be enabled on the new Maven style niche sites. Every time that question is asked we are told it will happen but there are other more urgent priorities, and we can’t be given a timeline.

This has been my long winded explanation of why this collection is a couple of weeks late being published. Thank you for being patient and still taking the time to visit the porch.


Over the years HubPages has done a great job and been very resilient when other so called “content mill” sites have floundered and collapsed. So, I applaud the management for having the foresight and courage to be innovative and make changes necessary to keep the site alive. For instance, the original niche site concept was a great idea and seemed to be successful. I remain to be convinced that will prove the case with the Maven takeover.

There has been a lot of discussion in the forums, but even more in articles and via email, voicing people’s concerns. In fact, it seems many of us are reaching out via email to ensure the community stays intact, even if comments are not restored. So that we can still give and receive feedback on each other’s articles. This isn’t ideal, but people are resilient and do what they have to in the face of adversity.

All this is a roundabout way of saying I don’t know what will happen to this series ’Poems From the Porch.’ It relies on readers comments and the prompts for new poems to be written. If it is moved to ‘Discover’ as soon as it is approved it doesn’t leave a very wide window open for people to read, comment, and leave suggestions for future poems. So, that makes me wonder, is the series worth continuing?

I suppose readers can always email me their suggested poetry prompts, at least until comments are back..(that will happen one day, won’t it?) Anyway, I have enough requests for about repairs more anthologies. I guess I will at least use those in the meantime and cross my fingers for the future.

This has been my long winded explanation of why this collection is a couple of weeks late being published. Thank you for being patient and still taking the time to visit the porch.

As for a new topic, I hope I am not repeating a recent topic, but the first snow, the joy of having family over to dinner or just watching children laugh while riding bikes and playing.

— Pamela Oglesby

Image by Luidmila Kot from Pixabay

Image by Luidmila Kot from Pixabay

The First Snow

The first snow is just a dusting

like icing sugar on a cake.

It often sneaks up silently

when we are not awake.


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We are greeted by the morning,

and everything looks white.

Jack Frost did his magic

some time throughout the night.


The snow brings us together

as cold days now are here.

Snowball fights and snowmen -

let’s have some winter cheer.


Families start preparing

for their Thanksgiving feast,

then soon after is our saviour’s birth,

and a white Christmas none the least.

Thanksgiving: Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

Thanksgiving: Image by Gordon Johnson from Pixabay

The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all the other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.

— Judith Martin

Having Family Over For Dinner

Clean the house, we must impress,

best cutlery and plates.

They’ll arrive in just a little while,

don’t leave the prep too late.


They may not judge, they’re family,

but that matters not a lot.

Some effort is important

so let’s give it a good shot.


When they arrive we can relax,

all stress is cast aside,

for when family comes together

it negates all class divide.


Hugs and kisses pass around,

”It’s good to have you home.

We haven’t caught up for awhile,

just Face-time or by phone.”


We catch up on the latest news,

then our history’s recalled.

Memories of growing up

that were shared by one and all.


Grandchildren running to and fro,

family traditions will embrace.

When they have children of their own

So these memories won’t erase.

Watching Kids Ride Bikes

I love to watch the kids ride bikes,

it brings back memories

of when I was a kid back then

and growing up seemed ’free.’


Once we progressed from trainer wheels

to riding on our own,

our balance now perfected

we could cycle on the road.


Our friends and siblings joined us

as we explored the neighbourhood,

riding streets we didn’t know.

Those times just seemed so good.


Kids still love to ride their bikes,

but the world’s a different place.

It’s not as safe as it once was,

we can’t give too much grace.


Now we watch their every move,