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Poems From the Porch 69

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

Swinging at that curveball: Image by Anne & Saturnino Miranda from Pixabay

Swinging at that curveball: Image by Anne & Saturnino Miranda from Pixabay

Facing Life's Curveballs

Firstly, welcome to the porch once again. It is a little late, three weeks since the last edition, but never fear, Poems From the Porch will keep on keeping on. I still have plenty of suggestions for content, life has just thrown me a few curveballs lately but I faced them and hit them out of the park.

I was required to have a little medical procedure - surgery to remove a BCC (Basal Cell Carcinoma) skin cancer on my cheek. Fortunately, if you are going to get skin cancer, this is one of the less nasty ones. It doesn't spread to other parts of the body, though it can keep growing and eventually ulcerate. So better say "bye-bye" than hold onto it for too long.

I must commend the doctor and nurse for a job well done. The procedure was virtually painless, and except for the first lot of sutures being faulty, went without a hitch. I will be interested to see what the scar looks like when the stitches are removed next week. I'm expecting it to give me that more rugged, more manly look.

I know I am not the only one who has been dealing with life's curveballs at the moment. Some fellow hubbers have had recent surgical procedures, or have some coming up, others have experienced the loss of loved ones and numerous other obstacles. My advice, for what it's worth, is to stay strong, brace yourself, and swing as hard as you can. You too can knock that ball out of the park. Then write about it. You will overcome any adversity, I am sure of it.

My new scar: bcc removal

My new scar: bcc removal

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.

— Pamela Oglesby

Nature vs Nurture: Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay

Nature vs Nurture: Image by Gerhard G. from Pixabay

Nature vs Nurture

Is it nature, or is it nurture?

There’s an argument for both.

Is it all purely by instinct

Or are all behaviours taught?

Do you believe in evolution,

And survival of the fittest?

Or natural selection

To adapt to suit conditions?

At birth, twins have been separated

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And raised by different folk,

Had no awareness of each other

And no chance to meet or talk.

Then, after 30 years they finally meet,

Have the same hobbies and jobs,

Both have a child called Anna,

And husbands both named John.

Or what about two siblings

Growing up in the same house,

Treated equally with love,

Then go their separate ways?

One becomes a surgeon

Renowned for saving lives.

The other robs and murders,

With no remorse who dies.

Perhaps it’s good or evil

That defines our path in life.

Not just nature or nurture,

But something more precise.

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.

— FlourishAnyway

"I felt her warm lips touch my cheek": Image by luxstorm from Pixabayk:

"I felt her warm lips touch my cheek": Image by luxstorm from Pixabayk:

Sidestepping a Kiss

I saw her move to kiss me

But I swiftly turned aside.

Her lips were puckered as she lunged,

But her futile attempt went wide.

She must find me attractive,

But I’m not the kissing kind.

Wet squishy lips don’t excite me,

A simple hug is fine.

I pretended not to notice,

Though her embarrassment was real.

I hoped she’d somehow get the hint

No romance did I feel.

I found Claire quite attractive,

Of that don’t get me wrong.

Her long blonde hair and bright blue eyes

Could inspire a hit love song.

But, I’m a little shy I guess,

These lips have not been touched.

Except by my Great Aunt Flo,

And believe me, that’s too much.

warm lips: Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

warm lips: Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

Then when I wasn’t looking

And was otherwise engaged,

I felt her warm lips touch my cheek.

I jumped back quite enraged.

“Claire!” I cried, “How dare you!”

I stared in mild surprise,

But she just gave a great big smile

And batted both her eyes.

“I like you playing hard to get,”

Claire said, “It turns me on.”

Then jumped on me and pinned me down.

I sighed, my fight was gone.

“If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,”

That is what someone once said.

So, I’ll not struggle anymore,

I’ll embrace kissing instead.

My husband and I are moving to a new home. What about a poem about moving, not from our point of view but what our old house is feeling as we pack up and leave.

— Linda Lum


Linda, I wrote this poem to meet your prompt about "moving house" but when I went back to check your request I see you asked for it to be from your old house's point of view. I didn't meet that brief with this so I'll do another poem in a coming edition of the porch. I hope this suffices for now.

Image by Manfred Richter from Pixabay

Image by Manfred Richter from Pixabay

I'm Not Moving!

I really don’t like moving,

It’s always much too hard-

Sorting, packing, cleaning up,

Tidying the yard.

Transport to the new abode,

Then repeat it all again.

Sorting, unpacking, cleaning up-

To me, it’s all a pain.

I know it’s just a part of life

That we need to embrace,

But I like things the way they are.

I don’t care if I’m strange.

I’m comfortable in my old house,

In this neighbourhood, I know.

I just don’t want to relocate.

I don’t need change to grow.

I’ve moved too many times before

And said, “Never again!”

So how does this keep happening,

I’d much rather refrain.

Lavish Beach House: Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay

Lavish Beach House: Image by Paul Brennan from Pixabay

“This is my last move, that’s for sure!”

That statement’s set in stone.

So if you need to move again

You’re doing it alone.

I’m happy here, it’s all I need,

The ambience just right,

And unless we find it’s haunted,

Right here I’m staying tight!”

Today an email came, which read:

“Congrats, you’ve won the lottery!

A million-dollar beach house,

And the prize is all tax-free.”

Well, I didn’t waste a moment,

“Pack up!” I told my wife,

“A sea-change is just what we need.

There’s so much more to life.”

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 October 23, 2021:

Genna, I am so sad to hear about the loss of your best friend. Yes, there have been too many curve balls already. Thank you for reading these poems, and I hope you are doing well.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on October 23, 2021:

Hello John...

Thank goodness your BCC was localized. (I recently lost my best friend to Stage 4 cancer that had spread throughout her body before it was discovered.)

Thank you for these enjoyable, cool poems from the porch...hopefully the season of curve balls is coming to a close -- at least, for now.

Take care, and be well John. :-)

VIDYA D SAGAR on October 22, 2021:

That's so good to know John. Have a safe and healthy time ahead. Looking forward to more poems from you.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 22, 2021:

Vidya, thank you for the kind words both in regard to the poems and my healing. I have had the stitches removed and it looks good.

VIDYA D SAGAR on October 22, 2021:

Happy to see you back on the porch with your beautiful poems, John. I love the Poems from the Porch. This batch had me smiling all the way. Glad to know you are recovering from the surgery. Take care and stay safe my friend. Have a wonderful weekend ahead.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 22, 2021:

Thank you, Brenda. I hope you are handling everything thrown at you. Glad you enjoyed these poems.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 22, 2021:


Sorry to hear those curve balls are hitting you too.

Glad you had great doctors and will gave that rugged manly look soon.

Hitting it out of the ballpark...that indeed is the trick.

I hate moving too. All that packing & moving furniture is a pain.

But like your poem says, if I ever hit the lotto...I'm moving again.

The one on avoiding was cute...if ya can't best em, Join em.

The one your wrote on good/evil or nuture and nature...makes us ponder why.

Why are we sometimes so different or is it a coincidence we are alike?

You gave some stunning examples in your poem.

We see it often where one is evil and the other is good. I don't know if its part of our makeup from the beginning or if we learn it along the way.

Great write as usual.

The temperatures here are dipping...down in the 40's tonight.

Enjoy your sunshine & warmth.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 22, 2021:

Hi Steve, thank you for reading. I thought resharing this on the feed was the best way of making it available for anyone who wasn’t fast enough to catch it. Glad you enjoyed the poems.

ManlyPoetryMan from (Texas) Boldly Writing Poems Where No Man Has Gone Before... on October 22, 2021:

Enjoyed this one, Jodah...Glad you opened up the ol' comment section of this one so that I was able to say so. Enjoyed it a great deal.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 22, 2021:

Just resharing on the feed in case anyone has missed this. A few have said they have been unable to comment recently.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

Hello Rodric. Well, now you know. This whole series, all 69 articles, are poems written from other people’s ideas. I shall add your suggestion to my list of poems to do, so stay tuned. Glad these made you smile.

Rodric Anthony Johnson from Surprise, Arizona on October 16, 2021:

That was very good poetry. I did not know that you took the ideas of people and put them to Poetry! For your next poem, I would like to see what you come up with sunflower seeds and a hanger. The poems made me smile.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

Hi Vidya. Thank you for welcoming the Porch series back. I am pleased that the last two poems made you smile, and I appreciate the well wishes.

VIDYA D SAGAR on October 16, 2021:

Sorry to know about your surgery and glad that you are recovering well from it, John. I enjoyed reading all the poems. I love your poems from the Porch series and glad to see it back. The second and third poems made me smile. Take care and stay blessed.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

Thank you for reading these poems, Nithya. You are right about the excess money making moving easier. I won’t be moving unless I suddenly get rich enough for a beachside mansion.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on October 16, 2021:

I enjoyed reading all three poems. My favorite was Nature vs Nurture. The second one funny and entertaining! When you have the money to buy a beachfront house moving will be a wonderful experience.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

Hi Kyler, so glad you managed to catch this on your feed. That seems very hit or miss lately. Thanks for sharing how you can relate to “Sidestepping a Kiss.”

Our upbringing can certainly affect how we respond to physical affection, that is for sure.

Take care.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

You got me Mel, stealing baseball vernacular for my ulterior motives. I thought because many of my readers are American…well that’s my excuse. I should have used cricketing terms and said, “I would hit that googly for a six over the far boundary.”

I have written a poem about the art of cricket previously but not comparing it with baseball. I shall add that to my “to do” list. No worries.

Glad you enjoyed “Sidestepping a Kiss” too. Have a good one.

Kyler J Falk from California on October 16, 2021:

Hey, I actually found this one on my feed, how exciting! "Sidestepping a Kiss" was my favorite from this one.

Ever since I was a kid I have hated physical affection. Whether it be holding hands, hugs, cuddling, or kisses, it all makes my skin crawl. Nonetheless, I feign enjoying them for those I care about because it seems to bring most people a sense of closeness and comfort.

That poem definitely encompasses how I used to be, though, you would always find me sidestepping the kisses of family, friends, and lovers.

Great porch, John!

Mel Carriere from Snowbound and down in Northern Colorado on October 16, 2021:

I hope all your curveballs, past and present, will be hanging ones, right over the center of the plate. Funny that an Aussie should be using baseball metaphors, shouldn't you be referring to cricket in your adages about life?

Hey, there's an idea. How about a poem about baseball vs. cricket. You could expand it to be a denunciation of how Yankee culture in general infects Australian life. Believe me, the reciprocal is true too. Thirty years ago, nobody here ever said "No worries," to mean "You're welcome." Now it is everywhere, and every time I hear it I cringe, because it only sounded sweet to my ears from the mouths of the cute Aussie babes I first heard say it.

I liked your poems. That one about kissing was particularly titillating.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

Hello Linda, I am glad you found all three poems uniquely worthy of attention, especially the one about “moving” that you requested. I hope the said move went well and you can start settling in soon.

Thank you for your kind sentiments and your blessings for my recovery.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on October 16, 2021:

John, #69 was worth waiting for. I loved all three poems--the first certainly does make one stop and think. How could Mozart begin composing at age 5? How can two children from the same gene pool raised in the same environment be so very different?

The second poem made me laugh, and the third, although not what I was expecting, was delightful. Yes, if I had $1 million this move would have been a piece of cake.

Thank you dear friend. I wish you well in the healing process. I'm so thankful you got this taken care of. You're important to so many people. God bless and keep you safe.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

Hello Chitrangada. Thank you for visiting the porch and enjoying these poems. I am glad you especially enjoyed ‘Nature vs Nurture’. Enjoy your weekend too.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

Haha Bill, yes I saw that picture and thought it would illustrate the message if the poem well. I am happy to read that you welcome this series back. It will take more than a little skin cancer surgery to stop me writing this. Thank you for your well-wishes. Have a great weekend.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on October 16, 2021:

Hello John!

Good to read another set of excellent poems from the porch. I liked all of them, with special reference to the Nature vs Nurture.

Nice to know that your surgical procedure went on well. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

Thank you for sharing. Have a great weekend.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on October 16, 2021:

The picture which accompanied the unwanted kiss had me laughing out loud. That's certainly one way to get affection. Not advised, but definitely effective.

Glad to see us back on the porch. I love this series.

And I'm very happy your surgical procedure went well. May you enjoy many more decades of life, my friend.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

I love injecting humour into my writing as often as I can, Peg. I am pleased that these made you smile. I get the stitches out next week and hopefully, it is all done and dusted. You have a good weekend too.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 16, 2021:

You had me smiling ear to ear when reading this last batch of poems, John. You never fail to impress us with your rhyming skills and humor. I am glad that your surgery is behind you and the healing stage is underway. Enjoy your weekend!

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

Thank you, Mary. Your kind comment is greatly appreciated. We need to smile whatever the situation.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on October 16, 2021:

I am so sorry you had that skin cancer surgery. I certainly see you have recovered from it so well that you're back with these whimsical poems which never fails to bring enjoyment.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

That was very helpful information, Pamela. Thanks for sharing the link.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

Thank you, Pamela. I will read it.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 16, 2021:

John This is an article I wrote last year about skin cancer.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

Hey Bill. Thank you for reading these poems and it's good that they gave you a laugh. I haven't had a lot of surgeries or medical problems over my life so can't complain too much. Cheers.

Bill De Giulio from Massachusetts on October 16, 2021:

Great job, John. You always rise to the occasion. Definitely got a laugh out of the “Sidestepping a Kiss” poem. Sorry to hear about the skin cancer surgery, but glad it went well. Have a great weekend.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

Thank you for reading these poems, Jason. I am glad they made you chuckle. Thanks for the concern for the skin cancer. It should be fine.

Jason Nicolosi from AZ on October 16, 2021:

Love, love, love these poems. They put a smile on my face and made me chuckle. Excellent job. I'm sorry about the skin Cancer. Thank goodness its nothing life threatening.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

I think the doctor did a good job on the surgery, Pamela. So, I am hopeful the scar won't be prominent. Have you written an article about skin cancer before? I am pleased that you enjoyed these poems, especially the one you requested.

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

I am glad these poems started your day off with a smile, Misbah. I had fun writing this particular edition of Poems From the Porch.

Haha, I can relate to your youngest brother. Thank you for your kind wishes, and I promise to recover soon. Blessings to you and your family also,

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on October 16, 2021:

John, I don't think that scar will hardly show once it is healed, and skin cancers absolutely need to be removed.

Thank you for the nature vs nature poem I like it. The poem about the kiss and the one about moving were fun to read. They are all good what a great way to start the day. Thank you, John.

Misbah Sheikh on October 16, 2021:

When your poems are the first thing I read in the morning, I always feel too good. I have a bad habit of checking HP with my eyes half closed. Lol!

I'm sorry to hear about your skin cancer, but I'm relieved to hear that your operation went well. You mentioned a more manly look. When I ask my youngest brother if he wants moisturizing cream on his hands, he always says no, that he prefers rough hands because they give him a more manly appearance. Lol! John, I wish you a speedy recovery.

All of the poems were enjoyable to read. Nature vs. Nature was an excellent read. I especially liked the part where you talked about how siblings raised in the same home by the same parents take different paths. It was fantastic.

Your second poem 'Sidestepping a kiss' was a pleasureable and fun read. I also enjoyed the last poem on moving home. Thank you once again for brightening my day this morning with your lovely poems. God bless and keep you smiling, my dear friend. Amen!

Sending you and your family a lot of blessings

John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land on October 16, 2021:

Hi Rosina, I do like the word "mesmerizing." Feel free to use it as often as you like :) I am happy that you enjoyed the sense of humour in these poems and it was an enjoyable read for you. I appreciate your well-wishes too in regard to my surgery. Take care.

Rosina S Khan on October 16, 2021:

Mesmerizing set of poetry, John. I will use that word once again because I loved all of them so much, enjoying and smiling all the way through. They sure contain such a great sense of humor that they will entice anybody.

By the way, I hope with all my heart your stitch on the face skin heals fully and there will be no scar eventually. All the very best, my friend.

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