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Poems From the Porch 59

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


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Welcome to my Porch once more. Recent editions have only been featuring two or three poems, and possibly four at most. This week, however, I was inspired (or just got carried away) and wrote FIVE. That's right, five poems. I know it is quality, not quantity, that we should be concerned with, but I hope these measure up. I am confident they do, but that is up to you, the reader, to decide.

Two of these, 'Hope' and 'There Are Fairies in the Garden' are in response to Brenda Arledge's wonderful weekly word prompts. So without further adieu, let's get started, shall we?

I love these poems, but the one on the 3Rs brought to my attention what I am noticing now - our dependency on the Internet to think and remember. I find that I don't have to exercise my memory much nor my thinking faculties. Am I whining? Please do a poem on appreciating our new reality. Thank you.

— Mary Norton

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Let’s Embrace the Internet

We often miss our sweet childhood days

And wish we could go back in time.

To the simple and the carefree life,

When there wasn’t a term ‘cybercrime.'

But a child’s eyes focus on the good

And are blind to things that are bad.

Our memories of ‘the good old days’

Are quite often distorted a tad.

Remember the days before colour TV,

When we read the daily papers for news.

They played the ‘top ten’ on the radio,

Easy listening, pop/rock or the blues.

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But advancement happens swiftly,

Each decade outdoes all before.

Technology can’t be restrained.

Oh, what has the future in store?

There has been great progress in many fields,

But the greatest advancement so far

Must arguably be the World Wide Web.

The Internet has sure raised the bar.

We have Email and Social Media,

Direct news from all around the world.

We can ask Google anytime for help,

And virtually date guys or girls.

We have Internet banking

On our laptops and phones.

There is not much we can’t do

From the comfort of our home.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Shopping online from our bedroom,

Paying much less than in-store.

It sure makes this world smaller

Than it ever seemed before.

Cybercrime is increasing,

Because it’s hard to police.

Thieves and scammers are out there,

The vulnerable to fleece.

With fast Internet streaming

We don’t need cable TV.

With Amazon Prime and Netflix

We say, “Bye-bye DVDs.”

So, enough with the melancholy

We can’t return to the past.

Let’s embrace this new reality,

And hold on tight, it’s moving fast.

I would like to suggest a new poem request on my behalf. I know when we have problems, we don't need to fix the problems but fix our thinking and the problems get fixed on their own. There are a few future endeavors that I want to succeed but for that I need to change my current beliefs. What are some of those beliefs that I can make my own in order to succeed in my endeavors? I would like you to write a poem about these beliefs.

— Rosina S Khan

Image by Janos Perian from Pixabay

Image by Janos Perian from Pixabay

Beliefs You Can Make Your Own - In Order to Succeed

We need to have beliefs in place,

And rules to plan our lives,

A moral guide to line our path

That helps us all survive.

  • Work hard and always do your best
  • Go over and above
  • Stand up for things you know are true
  • Protect the ones you love
  • Don’t be taken advantage of

by those who’ll bring you down

  • Be positive and see the good
  • Wear a smile instead of frown
  • Listen to the wise advice
  • Try to prove naysayers wrong
  • Even when you are struggling

always try to appear strong.

  • Do not be afraid to grieve

if a loved one or pet’s lost

  • Protect others from abuse

no matter what the cost

  • Don’t always play the safest hand,

to succeed you must take risks

  • Sometimes you need a fearless streak

to tick off your bucket list

  • Find a career that interests you
  • Develop all your skills
  • Become an expert in your field

so your goals will be fulfilled

  • Take up a hobby or a sport,

just do the best you can

  • Everyone can’t be the GOAT,

that doesn’t mean you can’t have fans

I rather like Ann's idea of song-birds. I also grew up in a village, near streams, ravines, rivers and of course nature. So my question for you is to write a piece on a specific Kenyan song-bird, the starling. One of my four favourites.

Now I like making things hard for you, lol. But write it like I do my spring poems. Bring in colour, imagery ... that is to say, all flowers and foliage, a touch of Spring and renewal. Haha. Ok. Not beyond you.

— manatita

The Superb Starling: By Sumeet Moghe - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

The Superb Starling: By Sumeet Moghe - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Nature's Encore ~ Spring

Spring arrives so silently

No cheers, drums, or fanfares,

Just a subtle change in weather

And a feeling in the air.

Flower buds start to open

And saplings begin to sprout.

It’s nesting season for the birds,

And new life’s all about.

The Kenyan starling sings his song,

His blue breast quite superb.

His calls differ by time of day,

Quite complex for a bird.

Spring is Nature’s encore,

All her wonders on display.

She takes a bow upon the stage

Of her most successful play.

Forget Me Nots: Image by Mariya

Forget Me Nots: Image by Mariya

The word prompt for this week is "Hope."

In today's world, people tend to look at things in a negative way instead of having hope for a better outcome.

We need more hope in the world.

— Brenda Arledge

Hope: Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay

Hope: Image by S. Hermann & F. Richter from Pixabay


I hope that you are happy

I hope you’re fit and well

I hope your life is full of fun

I hope you’re charmed as well

I hope that you’re successful

I hope you’re always kind

I hope that you are grateful

I hope true love you find

I hope that you have all you need

I hope you reach your goals

I hope you can stay humble

I hope you can save souls

I hope you’re never lonely

I hope you don’t waste a day

I hope your future’s always bright

I hope you lead the way

For this week's word prompt I decided to go a different route and see if we can conjure up a bit of fun.

The word prompt is "Fairy."

The definition in the dictionary is:

"a small imaginary being of human form that has magical powers, especially a female one."

— Brenda Arledge

There Are Fairies in the Garden: Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

There Are Fairies in the Garden: Image by Stefan Keller from Pixabay

There Are Fairies in the Garden

There are fairies in the garden

But they’re hiding from our view.

We’d see them having lots of fun

If where to look we knew.

They sit beneath flower petals

And run through hollow logs,

Skipping across mushrooms,

And playing games with frogs.

Sometimes they flutter happily

Up high among the trees,

Playing games of hide and seek

Among the flowers and leaves.

They mostly venture out at night

When no one is around.

Sometimes they’ll visit us in bed,

But they don’t make a sound.

They sprinkle us with fairy dust

To give us pleasant dreams.

Sometimes they visit all alone

And other times in teams.

But, before the sun arises

Back to the garden, they will rush.

While we think we dreamed of fairies

But the real truth’s kept hush..hush!

Image by lillaby from Pixabay

Image by lillaby from Pixabay

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


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 10, 2021:

Glad you got to watch the video, Shauna. Yes, from these sightings it appears fairies may not be exactly what we imagine.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 10, 2021:

I did watch the video, John. I found it interesting, as well. Especially the sightings of not-so-attractive fairies. I've always thought they are dainty and pretty, as depicted in fairy tales.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 09, 2021:

Hello Shauna, I had never seen a poem written using bullet point before either but thought, why not. In this case i thought it appropriate, and glad you did too. I enjoyed writing the fairy one. I don’t think i had ever written one about them before.

Yes, please do come back to watch the video. It is interesting.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on April 09, 2021:

John, each and every one of these poems are amazing. My favorites are "Beliefs You Can Make Your Own" and "Fairies in the Garden". I've never seen a poem written in bullet point form, but that's exactly what was needed in order for Rosina to "see" successful beliefs and habit to exercise in order to succeed.

The fairy poem is absolutely delightful. I'll have to come back to watch the video. I'm real curious about purported fairy encounters.

Great job, my friend!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 08, 2021:

No need to apologise, Ann. It is sometimes a real trial finding articles on the feed unless someone else you follow comments. Glad you enjoyed these.

Ann Carr from SW England on April 08, 2021:

Sorry I'm late to this, John, only I couldn't find it before. I love all these poems, especially the one about fairies; it's fun and it flows so well. You have your own unique style and it's great. Lovely illustrations too.

Hope all's well with you and yours.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 07, 2021:

Thank you Linda. I appreciate your kind comment. I am glad you found this, as it is becoming increasingly difficult to find items on your feed after they have been moved to Discover or a niche site.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on April 07, 2021:

You’ve created a very enjoyable group of poems. I’m glad that I discovered them.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 07, 2021:

Hi Farah, thank you for your generous words. I am pleased that you liked what I did for Rosina's request. Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 07, 2021:

Thank you for reading these poems, Mary. Yes, it amazes me sometimes the resilience some plants have, springing up in pavement cracks and elsewhere. New flowers sprouting always give a feeling of hope.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 07, 2021:

Hi Chrish, you don't need perfect words. I can "feel" your response. Thank you.

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

Wow! Once again you nailed all 5 of the challanges. I particularly loved your response to Rosina's request. Loved how you mentioned the points with the intact rhyming and rhythm. All 5 of them were superb!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on April 07, 2021:

Love these poems but Spring and Hope just pop out for me. Yesterday, I walked the city streets and found some flowers already sprouting. This gives me so much hope.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on April 07, 2021:

I so loved them all!!!! My little head is out of words, probably there's none perfect word can verbalize, my heart can only tell. Blessings Sir John!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 07, 2021:

Thank you so much for your generous words, Devika. It is always a pleasure to have you read my work and receive your comments.

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

Hi Jodah Your poems are perfect in each word given with such thought. I enjoyed reading your choices of poetry. You put a lot of meaning in each and with an outstanding outcome. Brilliant!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 07, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda. I think you left the comment on one of your word prompt articles where I left the link to this. I am glad you enjoyed the "fairy" poem especially, and that you could relate to the 'Internet' one. Have a great day.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on April 06, 2021:


You did an outstanding job on these.

I love how you can take a topic and just write.

The one in the fairies is my favorite! It flows.

I can see them laughing & enjoying life.

You painted a wonderful picture.

My second choice is the one about the internet.

It is cute & I can relate.

I thought I had left a comment before. . But I don't see it.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 06, 2021:

Linda, relax, I won’t ask you to choose a favourite this week lol. I am pleased that ‘hope’ grabbed your heart though. Keep looking out for those fairies, they are there, but good at hiding.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 06, 2021:

Hi Rasma, I enjoyed writing poems on these topics so please you enjoyed them. Have a wonderful week.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on April 06, 2021:

John, please don't ask me to pick a favorite--all of these were wonderful (not surprising). But, the one on "hope" really grabbed my heart. I like to think that there are fairies in my garden. With so many hiding places I'm certain I wander right past them without a clue.

Thank you for these. I hope you have a wonderful week.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on April 06, 2021:

I enjoyed them all very much and love your take on the Internet while Spring and the fairies delighted me,

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 06, 2021:

Greetings Manatita. I didn't know a lot about the Kenyan starling but found out he was called "Superb."

I am pleased you enjoyed that poem as well as the others.

I was not convinced the bullet points were a good idea for a poem but Rosina requested a list of beliefs so I thought I'd try this. Well if Shakespeare and Dickinson can try something different it's good enough for me lol. Peace.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 06, 2021:

Good to see you, Bill. I always appreciate your encouragement. I have done dolphins, but not gnomes. Added to the list. Cheers.

manatita44 from london on April 06, 2021:

Well, you are prolific this week. Lovely themes too. Fairies are a dancing one. I can actually see them soaring, waving their magic wands and so forth. That one flowed freely, as did Hope --needed desperately these days!

Thanks a million for that Nature's Encore and I adore that starling! I wrote many poems on them in Kenya.

Beats me why you're bullet-proofing a poem! Works well as prose, but your work rhymes as stanzas and has a beat/metre to it. Are you going for the outrageous Shakespeare or Dickinson? It made sense to them and is accepted now.

Yes, we have come a long way in so many ways: airplanes, phones and internet ... innovation and change have moved at breathtaking speed in the last 40 years! Excellent work!

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 06, 2021:

What a bonus of treasure this installment was. Well done, buddy! You outdid yourself. How about gnomes? Have you done one on them yet? If so, how about dolphins?

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 06, 2021:

Hi Peggy. Thank you for calling these poems "masterpieces." Your words are always very encouraging, but I am happy you enjoyed reading this collection. Have a great day.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 06, 2021:

Pamela, thank you so much. I am glad you enjoyed all these poems, and I look forward to reading the one you write for Brenda's 'fairy' challenge.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on April 06, 2021:

All five of your poems are masterpieces, in my opinion. I loved all of them and would be hard-pressed to choose just one as a favorite. Your poetic skills are simply amazing! It was a joy reading them this morning.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 06, 2021:

All of these poems are wonderful, John. You met Brenda's challenge very well. I love the fairy poem. I am working on one too.

You also wrote a beautiful poem for Rosina that I love. The first poem you wrote reflects the current lifestyle so very well. Your five poems are great!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 06, 2021:

Thank you for your kind words, Fran. I wrote an ebook of my early poems on HubPages, but yes I think my poetry has improved and do need to consider a newer one. I have entered a few competitions and won one but most involve entry fees which is a turn off.

fran rooks from Toledo, Ohio on April 06, 2021:

John, you are truly a poet! You need to do at least an ebook or enter contests, they are that good. I wish I had even a small amount of your skill. I am truly impressed.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 06, 2021:

Hello Rosina. it is always good to read that you have enjoyed my poetry and I am pleased you liked the one I wrote for you, and hope it is helpful, and also those I wrote for Brenda's prompts.

Rosina S Khan on April 06, 2021:

Lovely poetry pieces, John. I loved my poem request on "Beliefs" : there are a lot of good points there. I especially loved also the poems in response to Brenda's prompt words "Hope" and "Fairy". I had a wonderful reading going through today's poems from the porch and enjoyed them thoroughly.

Misbah Sheikh from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 06, 2021:

Thanks for the kind reply dear friend

Higher Blessings always

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 06, 2021:

Misbah, my friend, how could I ask for a more touching comment. I am sorry I kept you waiting so long for a poem. Thank you for your kind words regarding my poetry. I am quite choosy in what images I use, and sometimes it takes as long to find them as write the words.

It humbles me when you say you are learning a lot from me, but I am always here to help if I can. God bless you too. Take care.

Misbah Sheikh from — This Existence Is Only an Illusion on April 06, 2021:

Hello John,

Being honest I was really missing your poems. I always wait for your poems and enjoy them. This time you made me wait for so long- but now I am happy you gifted five beautiful poems to all your readers- you are caring and kind. All of the poems are outstanding. All are masterpieces, I enjoyed reading every single poem. Nice to see how beautiful responses you gave to each challenge, I like the pictures as well. The picture for Hope you used is attractive. Like me, I guess you are too very choosy, when choosing a picture. Thanks for sharing these beautiful poems much appreciated!!

I am grateful that I found you here, I am learning a lot from you. Thanks for being so kind. God bless you always.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 06, 2021:

Hi Chitrangada. I appreciate you always reading my work, and for your encouraging comments. I enjoy writing this series.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on April 06, 2021:

Ravi, thank you for being the first to read and comment. You were quick. I appreciate your generous comment and happy that you loved the 'Hope' poem and found these inspiring.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on April 06, 2021:

All excellent poems, on diverse topics. I liked the themes, and I loved your wonderful compositions. Effectively quality plus quantity, both can be felt while going through this edition of Poems from the porch.

The topics by Mary and Rosina are unique and you have done a wonderful job with both the themes.

Thank you for sharing.

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on April 06, 2021:

It was really difficult to choose the best poem out of the brilliant pieces you have put before me, but I loved the hope poem. It is simple and yet conveys so much hope and vitality through words and expression. Thanks, John for inspiring us through poetry.

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