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Poems From the Porch 54

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

Cats, Fanny, Humphrey, and Nike. Three guardians of the porch.

Cats, Fanny, Humphrey, and Nike. Three guardians of the porch.

About This Series: Poems From the Porch

Here is an edited excerpt from my very first Poems From the Porch, published on 14th September 2019, that contained all poems thought up and written by yours truly:

"Welcome! to my porch! To all my friends, followers, or even those who stumbled upon this piece of writing by accident...

It is beautiful on my back porch, and I have recently taken the opportunity to sit out there and write. The porch is also where the cats have their beds and get fed so I always have a couple of them for company. Sometimes, a wayward hen also makes her way up here in the hope of scoring some uneaten cat food. Oh well, the more the merrier as they say.

When considering names for this I considered "Verandah Verse" but when I looked up the meanings of porch and verandah, porch fit the description better.

Non-poetry lovers may suggest I should have called this "Bull-shit Balcony," but, oh well, you can't please everyone. If you are still reading, thank you.

Anyway, I'm thinking of making this a series of random poems on any subject that pops into my head while relaxing on my porch ... I'll just gauge the reaction from comments first to decide if it is worthwhile pursuing as a series."

Well, as my regular follows now know this series developed into a "request fest" for poems suggested by "you" the readers, not random thoughts of my own. Who would have thought "Poems From the Porch" would be still going after all this time? Certainly not me. I thank each and everyone who has given me prompts and suggestions to make it a success, as well as everyone who took the time to read even one of these anthologies.

Chairman Meow. Who goes there?

Chairman Meow. Who goes there?

.. loss, as we age, might be a good topic also as I have been trying to downsize our home over the last two years a little at a time.

— Pamela Oglesby

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Loss As We Age ~ Use It Or Lose It

They say we should age

with style and with grace,

but I look in the mirror

at my changing face.


It seems like just yesterday

I was in my prime,

but there’s nothing that stops

the passage of time.


As teens we’re invincible,

or that’s how it seems,

but soon you’re an adult

and must act on your dreams.


I played many sports,

excelled at a few,

chased lots of women,

maybe caught one or two.


Worked hard at my job,

and partied hard too,

built my own home

out of steel frame and screws.


Image by Andre Mouton from Pixabay

Image by Andre Mouton from Pixabay

When your body is strong

you wake up feeling good,

and can work for long hours

moving house, chopping wood.


But time moves so quickly,

and each year seems to fly.

Before you have realised,

your youth’s passed you by.


Your children have grown up

with families of their own,

your friends are retiring

and some in old age homes.


Your body’s not as agile

or as lithe as it was,

your muscles have weakened

and you mourn their loss.


Image by Pexels from Pixabay

Image by Pexels from Pixabay

Your eyesight is failing,

your hearing’s not great,

your hair is receding,

and your teeth are a plate.


But there’s still life in us,

we’re not finished yet.

Live each day to the fullest,

there’s no time to fret.


Keep learning and laughing,

enjoy family and friends.

Exercise and travel,

and buck ageing trends.


You’re never too old,

it’s all in your head.

When you’re told not to try it

do it twice instead!

Image by M W from Pixabay

Image by M W from Pixabay

How about one about recovery from Covid, my Granddaughter Lisa, who is a RN is recovering.

— Ruby J Richert

I’m a Survivor ~ Recovering From COVID

I had the virus

but I survived.

It couldn’t beat me

although it tried.


I’m tough and stubborn

I won’t lie down.

You must stay active

so you don’t drown.


If you’re affected

do not give in!

Fight hard for your life,

know you can win.


Good defeats evil,

that’s how it is.

Stand strong in that fact

COVID is sin.


Your God is with you,

Satan is done.

He is defeated,

you are the one!


Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

How about a poem about your porch?

— Ann Carr

My Porch

My porch is where I like to sit

to relax and contemplate.

It’s quiet there, just the cats and I,

and the perfect place to write.


It’s shaded on a sunny day

and warm when the days are cold.

It overlooks the back yard too,

and my gardens, running wild.


It's adorned with chairs and tables

and some garden ornaments.

The cat beds and hammocks hang there,

and some special potted plants.


Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

It’s where I write my poetry

that I call “Poems From the Porch,”

requested by my valued peers,

whose opinion I respect.


If the weather has decided

that we are due for a storm,

I have to give the porch a miss

and then write my poems indoors.


The porch is where I start to write,

and the place I get inspired.

My muse seems to prefer it there

and on her I‘m reliant.


Clarification of Acceptance to LetterPile.

Now and then (in fact quite often) I have questioned the criteria for acceptance of series formats like 'Poems From the Porch' for Letterpile, and why they remained on HubPages. I had been under the impression that any series or continuing story that didn't stand on its own was considered unsuitable.

Anyway, I finally wrote to Team HubPages in the hope of clarifying the matter once and for all. I was pleased to receive a prompt reply, from Raneem, that clears the matter up once and for all. I am quite satisfied with the explanation, and it may be of interest to Bill Holland and Linda Lum who write similar series type articles from reader-generated requests.

"Hi, John,
Thanks for asking for clarification about your series of poems. You're correct in observing that normally, series are allowed on LetterPile. However, the "Poems From the Porch" series is kept on HubPages because it is a mailbag series, where each poem is written in response to a commenter's request. Because it's a community activity, we decided to keep it on HubPages.
I hope that clarifies things, and let me know if you have any more questions.
Best."
Raneem, Team HubPages

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.

© 2021 John Hansen

Comments

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 08, 2021:

Good to know that, John! Well hope her grand daughter has recovered by now and in good health. Hopefully the vaccines will reach all in time. May the Almighty keep us all safe!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 07, 2021:

Hi Farah, no I never had COVID..that was written for Ruby’s request for her granddaughter who was recovering from the virus. I just wrote it in first person from a view of a sufferer. Thank you for reading and your affirmative comment.

Farah N Huq from Dhaka, Bangladesh on February 07, 2021:

Recovering from COVID? Well I am so glad to know you are recovering! I loved the poem "Loss as we age". It is so true.Time seems to pass over a blink nowadays. I am still not comfortable writing 2021 as the running year! :( But yes you are right. Dont let your age define you. Live your life the way you want to live it. We have only one life after all and we should not live with regrets!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 07, 2021:

Thank you very much for visiting the porch and reading these poems, Devika. I am glad they seem to keep the readers engaged.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on February 07, 2021:

Hi Jodah your poems have great messages and your poems from the porch have a lot of interest from all writers. Thank you very much for keeping us engaged Poems from the Porch.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2021:

Mel, I’m with you about articles getting moved to niche sites. I have had some moved but had a whole section removed in the case of my “Off the Shelf” series, another recipe hub the wanted to move but wouldn’t unless I removed a poem from it.

Thanks for reading and liking the series.

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on February 05, 2021:

Don't I wish I could stop the passage of time. Personally, I am fed up with my articles getting sent to niche sites, because they edit the titles and take other liberties that kind of suck the life out of them.

I love your Poems from the Porch, and hope you can get 50 times 50 more before you are done. I really like your commentaries at the beginning too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 04, 2021:

Thank you for reading these poems, Misbah, and I appreciate your kind comment. I am glad my mention of "verandah" brought back pleasant childhood memories of your "beranda." Stay safe and well.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on February 04, 2021:

Your poem made me remember of my porch where i used to play for hours in my childhood, no doubt those days were the best days of my life. Sad is that i can just memorise those days but can't get them back ever.

Misbah from The Planet Earth on February 04, 2021:

Jodah a beautiful series of poem, i loved reading all of them,very motivational. I am glad that they are taking your poems on discover. A very great set of poems.

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You know i am from urdu speaking family and porch is called veranda (but pronounced as beranda) and dalaan as well in urdu.

When I read veranda in your article. It took me back in my childhood when i used to call my porch as beranda.

A lovely share. Keep writing stay blessed

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

Greg, I am glad you managed to catch this before it moved beyond your feed. I have read a few articles I have been unable to find on the feed to comment on. Eric Dierker's always seem to allude me.

yes, I often have to type between paws on my keyboard as well.

greg cain from Idaho, USA on February 03, 2021:

John - great set of poems! I don’t envy you some weeks with the requirement to produce on demand! Haha!

I enjoyed the whole piece this week, particularly about your porch. I especially love love seeing your cats! I get help from my own when I write as she wants to be all over the keyboard and so forth.

Also it was good to put to rest the question about interactive series. I like the community aspect of these. Can’t wait until it’s a bit easier to chime in late, as I’m doing this evening. Thank goodness for your work remaining in my feed this evening.

Be safe and be well, John!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

Hi Gilbert, thanks for reading and for your generous comment. At the moment. as soon as articles are moved to Discover HP (which this is now on) or one of the niche sites we are unable to comment via the actual article. we have to locate it on our home page feed in order to comment. Though we can comment on our own articles through "author view."

Supposedly this will be rectified sometime during the second quarter of this year. I hope that is the case.

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Gilbert Arevalo from Hacienda Heights, California on February 03, 2021:

I liked the poems a lot, John. The photographs look great. I'm writing my comments on my home site. The comment box didn't come up on the hub sent through my email. Do you know why that's happening? And like you say, Poems From the Porch 54, appears on Hubpages.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

I am happy you enjoyed these poems, Pamela, especially the one on age and loss. I don’t intend to stop writing the series anytime soon. Nice new profile pic by the way.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

It is always great to receive your comments, Peg. It is good you could relate to what I wrote about ageing. Hopefully, I won’t have to write any more about COVID-19 and it will soon be a thing of the past.

The photos of the porch have convinced me I need to paint the floor lol. The cats love it though and it is peaceful.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

Thank you so much for reading and enjoying these poems, Ankita. Much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

Good to see you Peg. Every year seems to pass more quickly then before. Maybe with 2020 that was a good thing, but as far as my family is concerned this year has started even worse. It can only get better, right? I’m glad you think this series is a good idea.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

It is always good to see you Shauna. I think the “ageing” poem was my favourite too. Nice to know it flowed just like the ageing process.

Yes, that is a good point about Raheem’s response. What happens when comments are restored on the niche sites? My guess...nothing. I think they will stay on Discover.

I also asked him why “Poems From the Porch 41” is continuously my lowest rated hub at 60, when others in the series are as high as the 80s. No matter how I update it or tweak it, it goes up three or four points for a few days then crashes. I have received no answer. That is a mystery I may never have an answer to.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

Ruby, firstly, I am so glad to hear that your granddaughter and her son have both recovered. That is a blessing. I don’t know about knowing people’s hearts but I think we get to know each other fairly well through our writing and comments shared. I do try to always write people’s requested poems to suit them or what I think they are looking for or need.

Thank you for your sentiments to keep the series going into my old age lol.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

Thank you for you input, Manatita. I value it. Yes, it was good to get the clarification by Naheem.

I don’t know why you don’t receive responses from me via emails. I have received, and replied to all of them with gratitude. I will try to find my responses and resend them. Peace.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

I always appreciate your encouragement, Bill. I am having too much fun writing this series to even think of ending it. Thanks.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on February 03, 2021:

Your poems are outstanding, and I would surely miss them if you stopped writing. I really loved the age and loss one, of course. It covered all the bases, and than you for writing it. Recovering from COVID is also a worthy topic, and you handled it well.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 03, 2021:

Your poems are always so much fun to read. I can certainly relate to getting older and trying to downsize possessions. Fighting COVID is not fun, and hopefully, we will all be able to put it in our rearview mirror in the next year or so. Your porch is a very friendly-looking place with your feline buddies keeping you company. May your series continue long into the future!

Ankita B on February 03, 2021:

All the three poems are beautifully written. Loved reading them. Thank you for sharing.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on February 03, 2021:

Enjoyed reading your take on aging from the view of your porch. Time flies by and it's unfathomable how quickly our youth fades. Great idea for a series.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on February 03, 2021:

John, I love seeing your kitties lounging on the porch. I'm sure they're keeping your muse safe and inspired!

My favorite of the three this week is, "Loss As We Age" and not just because I relate to it. The words flow, creating a rhythm much like the aging process. Smooth and fluid, then "How the hell did I get here?"

Raneem's response to your series query is a bit discouraging. He says they (series articles) will stay on HubPages because they are driven by the community and their suggestions by way of comments. So, my question is: When comments are integrated into the Maven platform, will the community-driven series, then be eligible for LetterPile?

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on February 03, 2021:

John, your poems are first class and you never miss a clue, it seems you know our heart's so well. I loved the one on ageing, which we all feel, esp. when we look into the mirror and our ability to do the things we used to do so well. I might add that my Granddaughter is doing fine and back to work, Her 18 year old son got the virus too, he was really sick and couldn't get out of bed for days. He is fine now. I hope your ' Poems From The Porch ' continues until you're too old to see. HA

manatita44 from london on February 03, 2021:

Lovely answer from Naheem. It makes sense. I would do what you say you'd do. Gauge your responses and act accordingly, which should be your gut feeling, I suppose.

You alone must decide that. My input, is that your poems are beautiful. They can be more or less lyrical and meaningful, according to the topic given you, but overall, you do an excellent Job.

I actually wrote to you about your wonderful and inspirational response to my request, because there was so much Light in the poem as well as the answers. But for whatever reason, whenever I write to you, either via Hub Pages or my email, I get no response. Om Shanti!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on February 03, 2021:

I think this series should be anything you want it to be. I just hope it continues in one form or another, because you are "seriously good!"

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

Hi Ann, I am so glad I started this series, and though I am not always succeeding in getting a new article out every week it is still going strong and the requests keep coming, so I must be doing something right.

All is well here, and hope it is with you too.

Ann Carr from SW England on February 03, 2021:

More great poems, John! It's good to have a reminder of how it all started. I'm not at all surprised it's still going strong. What better cooperation than fellow hubbers who care about things and have them expressed in your own inimitable style!

I love the last lines of the poem about ageing: 'When you’re told not to try it, do it twice instead!' Amen to that!

Well done, John. Just keep them coming because I love them and it seems a load of others do too.

Hope you're keeping well.

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

Liz, thank you for reading. You humble me with your comment. It is always wonderful when poetry is appreciated.

Liz Westwood from UK on February 03, 2021:

As ever you have come up with a great collection of poetry. You cracked the issue of aging with a great blend of light humour. On a more serious note you have written with feeling and sensitivity about the recovery from COVID-19. The poem about your porch is so well written that readers can picture it well in their minds. Thanks also for clearing up the Letterpile issue.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

Hi JC. Thank you for the kind comment. I currently have seven cats..having recently been adopted by a pregnant female stray that just had one kitten.

JC Scull from Gainesville, Florida on February 03, 2021:

Hello John,

Your poems are always poignantly true and to the point. Thank you for posting them. Your cats look like they are quite the characters. It seems you might have as many cats as I do.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 03, 2021:

Hi Nithya, thank you for the kind comment. I am glad you enjoyed reading these poems.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on February 03, 2021:

I enjoyed reading all your poems, each one so beautifully written. Age is just a number and we should live life to the fullest. Love the poem about your porch, a magical place! Great collection John!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2021:

Ravi, thank you for taking the time to read these poems. What I really like is the constant surprises that the suggestions throw at me to write poems about.

Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda. Yes, unfortunately, aging affects all of us eventually. The good news is that, yes, Poems From the Porch are being placed on Discover at least. Thank you for your support. Stay safe and keep visiting the porch.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 02, 2021:

I loved your poems, John. They remind me of little things in life that are so taken for granted but turn out to be so invaluable to us.

Thanks for sharing.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on February 02, 2021:

John,

I loved your poems. We all can relate to aging. I like the end where if someone says you cant do something...then do it twice.

Covid is definitely on all of our minds and semtanding strong against it is the best.

I really don't see how they can keep your mailbag series..like yours & Bill's on Hubpages.

I hope it is being placed on the new discover hubpages at least.

Afterall...it is some of the best writing. It is not all questions and answers.

It is fantastic writing.

This news is discouraging to other writers as well.

Take care & enjoy sitting outside on your porch.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2021:

Thank you, Rosina. I am glad you found the three poems all unique and stand on their own. It is so good that you actually enjoyed them.

Rosina S Khan on February 02, 2021:

All the poems in this collection are unique. I loved and enjoyed reading all of them. I do not have a favorite this time as the trio is unique and pragmatic in their own own ways. Thank you, John, for the wonderful share.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 02, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada!

I appreciate your continued readership of this series and thank you for being the first to comment on this edition. Yes, the clarification from HubPages was most welcome.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 02, 2021:

Hello John!

I loved your poem about aging. It's relatable to me and I am sure to many others. This is the way, we start thinking, as we age.

You have done full justice to the other two topics as well.

Poems from the Porch is going strong, and I wish you all the best.

Good to see the clarification from Hubpages.

Thank you for sharing.