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Poems From the Porch 64

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

The Well: Image by Karsten Paulick from Pixabay

The Well: Image by Karsten Paulick from Pixabay

The Well Has Run Dry

Firstly, welcome to the porch! This is edition 64 would you believe? I only started this series as a bit of an experiment to see if I could write poetry on topics suggested by my peers, readers, and friends, and to see if my doing that would prove popular.

I am surprised that people have been able to keep coming up with new and original suggestions for this long. I thank you all, and I have enjoyed writing each and every poem. But, now for the sad part ... drum roll ... I have run out of prompts, suggestions, requests ... the well has run dry! This article contains the last four suggestions from my list that totals 208.

So, what do I do now? Well, I can admit that the series Poems From the Porch has come to the end of its wonderful run and declare it done and dusted, I can come up with my own ideas for further poems, or ... I can ask you all to put your thinking caps on and think of new ideas for requests. So, I am choosing to try the latter and see what eventuates. I have had people say that they want this series to go on forever, well that's a long time, but I am not ready to hang up the pen yet.

So, please if you have any ideas, no matter how silly, or weird you may think it is ... just ask. I promise to try my best. Okay, with that small plea out of the way, let's get onto reading this collection of poems.

New request for the Porch Poetry Society......Dog Days of Summer

— Bill Holland

Dog Days of Summer: Image by

Dog Days of Summer: Image by

Dog Days of Summer

Within the Canis Major,

known as the ’Greater Dog’

there’s Sirius the ‘Dog Star’

shining brightly through the fog.

In summer, rising with the Sun,

and also the early birds.

Dog Days are 20 days before

and beyond July 23rd.

In the Northern Hemisphere

this may be the hottest time,

when dogs lie around panting and tired.

at least that fits this rhyme.

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’Dog Days’ can mean stagnation,

or a finish or an ending

of a period of success,

or that better times are pending.

You can have your Dog Day Summers,

I prefer those Winter chills,

the falling leaves of Autumn,

and Spring blooms are better still.

Here is an idea for you. Making sauerkraut. My grandparents and parents used to do that each year when I was a child. My grandfather had a giant-sized garden. He actually had several. I loved tasting it as it matured in my grandparent's basement. I also loved the smell of it fermenting. It will be fun to see what you can do with this topic.

— Peggy Woods

Sauerkraut, sausages, and potato: Image by aranha from Pixabay

Sauerkraut, sausages, and potato: Image by aranha from Pixabay

Making Sauerkraut

Shred a head of cabbage,

layer in a bowl that's warm.

Put salt on each tier and rub,

add caraway and peppercorns.

Then weigh down the cabbage,

allow the brine to rise,

until it’s all submerged.

Now leave until day five.

Drain off any scum that forms,

and cover up again.

It’s best that you don’t eat it

at least until day ten.

So, now you have your sauerkraut,

a delicious German feast,

perfect to serve with sausages

and mustard - a touch at least.

Korean's worship "kimchi"

while Germans love "sauerkraut,"

but both are salted cabbage -

of that, there is no doubt.

I ordered some German food to be delivered.

The sauerkraut arrived, but the wurst is yet to come.

— Anonymous

My favorite poet (besides yourself) isn't Shelly or Keats, but Shel Silverstein. The poem he wrote about the pet snowball cracks me up every time I read it. Can you write a ridiculous poem for children? One that makes the kids laugh or think of something in a new way like Runny Babbit?

— Denise McGill

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Image by OpenClipart-Vectors from Pixabay

Hamish Played the Bagpipes (Well at Least He Tried)

Hamish had a sporran,

a tartan and a kilt,

but he could‘na play the bagpipes,

and that filled him with guilt.

The bag inflated when he blew,

as he marched throughout the toon,

but even though he blew and squeezed

he could’na make a soond.

He picked heather from the Highlands

and thistles from the field.

What those were meant to do, who knows,

but the bagpipes did‘na yield.

Young Hamish went to see Loch Ness

but the monster was away.

He thought that meeting Nessie

May inspire him how to play.

His Daddy played the bagpipes,

and all his friends did too,

but Hamish could’na master it

whatever he may do.

He practiced in the morning

and even late at night,

but never could he make a squeak -

practice as he might.

So, Hamish gave the bagpipes up,

but here’s the funny thing.

He’d been trying to play ’haggis’

which was not wood-wind or strings.

Image by Please Don't sell My Artwork AS IS from Pixabay

Image by Please Don't sell My Artwork AS IS from Pixabay

I have many dreams to fulfil. They say once you make a decision, the Universe will conspire to make it happen. While that is well and true, I want you to write a poem about the joys and jubilance of dreams coming true. I hope you have fun writing it.

— Rosina S Khan

Dream catcher: Image by Anke Sundermeier from Pixabay

Dream catcher: Image by Anke Sundermeier from Pixabay

When Dreams Come True

Dreams may come and dreams may go,

but dreams are special, that I know.

They won’t come true unless we act

with deep desire, belief, and tact.

They may be goals or fantasies,

but dreams have meaning and they’re free.

Some dreams are drawn from our deep past,

in others the future line is cast.

Our actions carry our dreams through,

we must work hard in all we do.

Sometimes we put our dreams on hold

and don’t realise them until we’re old.

Don’t let it keep you up at night,

we’ll reach them when the time is right.

And when our dreams finally come true

show joy and jubilance - shout YAHOO!

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 July 19, 2021:

Thank you for finding this and commenting Linda. Much appreciated.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on July 19, 2021:

This is an interesting and entertaining article. Thank you for sharing the poems, John. I enjoyed reading all of them.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on July 11, 2021:

Aww Mary. Thank you for that kind compliment. I am glad my poems inspire you, reread as many times as you want.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on July 11, 2021:

Nother enjoyable read. Sometimes, I go back and read some of these poems to inspire me. Keep going. You have so much richness inside.

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

Haha thank you for sharing this, Flourish. I will add the whimsical kiss escapee to my list.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 10, 2021:

John, here is another idea since I love your funny poems. Write a whimsical poem about the extent that someone will go to sidestep a kiss. This request is based on a story my daughter told me recently about her male friend who took a romantic interest in her and was trying to kiss her. She just wasn't feeling those vibes in return, but he was determined. The young man leaned in and she pulled away and told him bluntly she had to go blow her nose.

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

Hi Rodric, I am surprised that you only just realised that these poems from the Porch were from suggestions from fellow hubbers, but better late than never, and I appreciate your support to keep it going. Glad you liked “Hamish Played the Bagpipes,” and found out what haggis is. Your cheesecake pie must be something quite special. I will try to write a poem about how to make cheesecake as well as one about the resurrection of the Porch. Thank you and take care.

Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on July 10, 2021:

The Porch must not die! For some reason, it never occurred to me that the poems were from suggestions. i suppose I will read closer from this point. I suggest writing a poem about the resurrection of the Porch after its premature demise. The Porch is too important to go the way of all the earth. Like all inspiring ideas, it must live!

I enjoyed the poems much more now with an understanding of their underbelly. Denise McGill's suggestion to make a funny poem stole this Porch for me, "Hamish Played the Bagpipes (Well at Least He Tried)."

I did not get the very end, but it sparked a desire to know more so that I can understand more about British culture. I looked up the "haggis song" on YouTube and found a funny song with my favorite part being, "It's haggis! It's haggis! It's fun for all but the lamb. Bum, bum, bum, bum!" I don't know if that's it, but I enjoyed it. Also, I found out what haggis is finally.

Maybe you can do one on how to make cheesecake if you haven't already. Every holiday my family and extend family pleads with me to make a cheesecake pie, which I no longer like because of this going on for the last 13 years. I first made a regular cheesecake, which costs a bundle in supplies; so, I took some shortcuts over the years. Now, my cheesecake pies are all that anyone talks about when they see me at family gatherings.

I have to make at least six or the extended family bring out the dirty looks and torches, like "Are you here with no cheesecake? Why'd you come, then?"

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

I missed your fun comments to Chrish. Glad you enjoyed these poems, and thanks for the power hugs. Take care.

Chrish Canosa from Manila Philippines on July 10, 2021:

When dreams come true I'll shout Yahoooooo!!!!!!!!!!! It was a fun Read Sir John! As always. I missed your fun word adventure so very much!

Sending power hugs!

Enjoy the rest of the night you all.

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

Thank you for your insights, manatita. I have had another series before that went for three or four years "Diary of a Cackleberry Farmer" so I could keep it going with my own thoughts and creativity. I have no problem coming up with poetry and in fact came up with all the poems for the first edition of this series myself. I then had the idea to ask my readers for prompts and have never been disappointed as it also offers me an extra challenge to write on topics I would not have otherwise considered.

Anyway Poems From the Porch won't be finishing soon. I have already received 32 new suggestions so far from my plea.

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

Thank you for liking the dreams poem, Flourish. I also appreciate your prompt. I will add that to my new list.

manatita44 from london on July 10, 2021:

A notable plea from you, Bro. Your Porch is excellent so it depends on where you wish to go next according to support received. Bill and Linda's approach is similar to yours in the sense that three of you rely on questions. Linda is perhaps more sensitive due to her culninary field and so comes with with her own ideas from time to time. Bill is very versatile and so has other things to keep him busy.

Again, writing seems to demand more questions and so he is in the 300's or so Mailbag series.

Brenda seems to be the new light and rather than give questions, people are being creative in responding to prompts. In other words, they are doing it themselves to suggested themes that click. A great formula.

Now about me, I have the daily Inspirations going and Monday's is my best so far as I'm probably close to a hundred. So you can keep a series going by being creative and innovative, by allowing the ideas to come to you spontaneously. This is one way. Does not work for all. Peace.

FlourishAnyway from USA on July 10, 2021:

My favorite was the dreams poem. We can't let your series end, so here's an idea: a silly poem about a curtsy gone wrong.

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

Hi Linda, glad you found this eventually, and that the sauerkraut poem brought back memories. It is sad to hear about so many deaths due to the heat wave over there. I hope this isn’t a sign of things to come. Thank you for continuing to support this series.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on July 09, 2021:

John, making sauerkraut brought back a wave of childhood memories. I loved the aroma of fresh kraut. This also made me think of mom's dill pickles. The scent of fresh dill takes me back 60+ years ago to our 1890 pantry.

I think we had our Dog Days last week. Temperatures to 110+ (44 C)! Sadly, almost 100 people died in just my state. I have no idea what the toll was across the country.

My favorite was your poem about dreams. "A dream is a wish your heart makes when you're fast asleep." (No, that's not original to me. It's from a Disney movie).

Thank you for continuing this series. Please don't stop. I've sent you a few suggestions via email. I'll ask my Muse for more ideas too. You awe and inspire all of us.

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

Shauna, yes it is frustrating when what is in your emails doesn’t always match the feed. It is sipo time consuming scrolling through and failing to find the article you are looking for. I hope you give making sauerkraut a try. Thank you for the prompt “kitty zoomies”..but what is that..”cats using Zoom?” Take care.

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

Amara, it really inspires me to know you love my work. Thank you for reading as always.

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

Hi Nithya, I appreciate you following this series and your suggestions. I used to love going to the movie theatre too. I will add that and “twins” to my list if future poems. Thanks.

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

What a great collection of poems, John! I can't choose a favorite, although I learned how to make sauerkraut. Ha.

I don't want to see the Porch die, either.

My feed doesn't always contain what hits my inbox, which is frustrating, but it's one reason I've been somewhat out of touch.

How about writing a poem about kitty zoomies?

Stay well, John!

Amara from Pakistan on July 09, 2021:

John your poetry never fails to inspire me.. Superb.. I love to read your work..

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on July 09, 2021:

A wonderful collection of poems! I enjoyed reading your poems. Dog Days of Summer - my favorite followed by Hamish Played the Bagpipes (Well at Least He Tried) and Making Sauerkraut. Fantastic collection of poems as always.

A suggestion for a poem - I was thinking about how we used to go to the movie theater and enjoy the popcorn while watching the movie. With the ongoing pandemic, I miss those fun times. I would love to read a poem about such an experience.

Another suggestion - twin siblings

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

Thanks for your support, Bill. I am glad you enjoyed these poems especially “Dog Days..” i also look forward to writing a poem “August Moon.” Lightning Bugs was a recent request a couple of editions back but I may be able to write another. All the best.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on July 09, 2021:

No way this series dies. It is far too entertaining, and it showcases the talents of a remarkable poet. My new request: August Moon! And a bonus topic: Lightning Bugs!

Thanks for the Dog Days of Summer....seriously, you are talented and these poems are a joy!

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

Hello Rozlin, i appreciate your encouraging comment. Thank you for reading and enjoying these poems.

Rozlin from UAE on July 09, 2021:

This is a wonderful collection of poems, John. I liked Peggy's and Rosina's requested poems. I always enjoy reading your poems from the porch and can't see them going away. Thank you for sharing this. Stay safe and healthy always.

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

I am glad the Making Sauerkraut poem brought back memories, Pamela. Thanks for supporting the continuation of the series. I will try to write poems with your suggestions. Take care.

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

No worries.

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

Thank you for reading EK. I have eaten sauerkraut but never made it, however I have made kimchi. We had Korean students homestay with us a few times. Stay safe too.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on July 09, 2021:

I do not want your Poems From the Orch series to end. I enjoyed each of these poems today, John. I had grandparents that made sauerkraut also, so I really enjoyed that poem as art brought back good memories.

We are currently traveling to Texas to see our granddaughter. That is a 1000+ mile trip. I don't know if you cn find a poem there. Also, we watched America's Got Talent the other night and a 9 year old girl sang opera with an amazing voice. Do you think some people are born with a clear path in front of them? Maybe is nature versus nature, but another poem maybe. Thank you, John.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 09, 2021:

Please ignore grammatical mistakes.

EK Jadoon from Abbottabad Pakistan on July 09, 2021:

My husband says that he have eaten 'kimchi' many times when he was in Korea with family. 'Sauerkraut' is a new term for me. You have done great job and created wonderful poems. Thanks for sharing.

Stay safe and healthy...

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

Hello Misbah, thank you for reading these poems and I am glad you enjoyed them. I look forward to any suggestion you came up with.

Misbah Sheikh on July 09, 2021:

Beautiful collection of poems, John. I enjoyed all of them. I especially like the one you wrote on Peggy’s and Rosina’s request. Thanks for the lovely read. I will think of any topic and will let you know soon.

Blessings and Peace

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

I am glad you found this on your feed Chitrangada. It seems to be hit and miss with a lot of people’s articles. I can never find Bill’s mailbags on my fed for instance, so if I miss getting the email early I am too late to comment. I am glad you liked Rosina’s poem, and thanks for your prompt “long drives.”

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on July 09, 2021:

First of all, I am happy that I found this on my feed, and now able to comment.

I got the email notification about your article, but it was not visible on my feed.

I loved reading all your creative pieces, with special reference to Rosina’s requested topic.

Thank you for sharing another wonderful edition of the wonderful series. No, you can’t stop this at all. Peggy has suggested some interesting prompts.

Keep writing, because we all love your series.

Here is a suggestion from me too— Long drives!

Have a good day!

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

Hi Lora, good to see you. I am happy to hear you think I captured the Scottish accent with Hamish. It was especially fun to write. “Watermelon” certainly. It is now on my list.

Lora Hollings on July 09, 2021:

I loved your poems, John, especially "When Hamish Played the Bagpipes." I think that you really got that Scottish accent down. All of them were awesome. It would be hard to choose a favorite! I hope that your series doesn't end. You have many fans, here. How about a poem on watermelon? I certainly eat a lot of it here where temps are in the triple digits throughout the summer. It has such a cooling and refreshing taste. I can't imagine a summer picnic without it.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 08, 2021:

Thanks John...

It sounds wonderful.

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

Hi Brenda. Thank you for reading and supporting this series. I am glad you enjoy what I write. Okay, a view from the porch is added. Cheers.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on July 08, 2021:


Those dogs days of summer ee usually don't get til August...but we've been feeling them now.

I don't wanna see the Porch Series go away.

I loved the one you wrote for Denise.

How about writing on whatever you see from the porch.

I love that you have a special place that you can relax.

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

Hi MG. Thank you for the kind comment. I have published ten poems in a collection with other poets from The Creative Exiles "Let the Words Speak," as well as some of my early poems in an ebook "I Laughed a Smile" through Lulu. I need to think seriously about doing another.

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

Wow, Peg! I can't thank you enough for that list. That will give me a great kick start for coming editions.

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

Hi Rosina, thank you for being the very first to read this and for your generous comment. I am happy that you enjoyed the poem I wrote for you about dreams coming true, and that you also liked the others. I look forward to any request you come up with. Blessings.

MG Singh emge from Singapore on July 08, 2021:

John, you have the gift of writing poetry and this is a wonderful poem. Have you published any books of poems?

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 08, 2021:

You are a master at turning various subjects into poems, John. Let's keep the ball rolling because it is fun to see what you do with prompts. OK, here are some ideas, and have some fun with them if you have not already written pieces about them. You need not combine them, obviously.

Building a snowman

Flying a kite





Wishing upon a star

Weeding a garden

Planting tomatoes

Planting peas

Planting beans

"Beans, beans, the musical fruit..."




Getting a driver's license

Christmas lighting

Easter lilies

Writing thank-you notes

Ostrich plumes

Pumpkin pie

That should keep you busy for a while! :)

Rosina S Khan on July 08, 2021:

Absolutely spellbinding collection of poems. Naturally I concentrated more on my requested poem: "When Dreams Come True" and loved it very much. It was a happy and encouraging read.

The one requested by Bill was enjoyable too and I came to know what Dog Days of Summer really mean.

I actually liked the instructions you gave in Peggy's requested poem about making sauerkraut. May try it out sometime.

I enjoyed Denise's requested poem and it was full of fun and humor. Like Denise wanted, I am sure children would love it.

That's it for today. I will try to come with a new topic and let you know since the well is running dry. Thank you for all your efforts in this collection. I think it's worth it. Stay well and stay blessed.

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