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Poems from the Porch 9

John is a long-time poet, short fiction, and article writer. He loves story-telling and also has a Certificate in Permaculture Design.

The Porch

The Porch

Pull Up a Chair

It's a great time to be sitting on the porch with my notebook and putting your suggestions into poetry. The weather is great, hot, but there has been a lovely breeze to make it more pleasant, and a little rain has encouraged everything to green up again.

So, if you are a regular here, thanks for visiting the porch once again, and if it is your first time, welcome, pull up a chair, and enjoy the poetry requested by our friends here at Hubpages.

Hari Prasad S

“I suggest you can write on something about "goodbye, is never a closure".”

Thank you for this writing prompt, Hari. Hopefully, you find this suitable.

If you're brave enough to say goodbye, life will reward you with a new hello.

— Paul Coelho

Goodbye is Never a Closure

It’s sad to have to say goodbye,

I’ve been with you so long.

Your leaving took me by surprise,

I thought our love was strong.


But things aren’t always as they seem,

I must have done things wrong.

Sadly, “When Fools Fall in Love,”

Was our wedding song.


Goodbye is never a closure,

There’s more we could have done.

So, let’s just give it one more try,

And relive those times of fun.

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Sean Dragon

"Thank you for all the beauty of your colours! So... write about the colours of the Rainbow of Love!"

"Happy to sit beside you at your porch enjoying the colours of the Rainbow Poet.

Words are colours for the mind!"


Thank you for Christening me "the rainbow poet," Sean. I hope I live up to that title with this poem.




The colors of the rainbow so pretty in the sky

Are also on the faces of people going by.

I see friends shaking hands, saying, “How do you do?’

But they’re really saying, “I love you.”

— Louis Armstrong ~ What a Wonderful World

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay

The Colours of the Rainbow

I’m always chasing rainbows,

Not for a pot of gold,

But because they follow storms.

Their beauty’s to behold.


Sometimes life is like a storm,

It’s turbulent and loud,

But often in the aftermath

Sunshine peeks through the cloud.


The colours of the rainbow

Are there for all to see,

A message of encouragement

For the likes of you and me.


So, come sing me a rainbow,

Or create one with your hands,

Extend it as a welcome

To those from other lands.


Let it shine upon your face,

Have a rainbow for a smile,

Or nurture it within your heart

For just a little while.


Red and orange, yellow and green,

Indigo, violet, and blue

Are the colours of the rainbow,

And I gift them to you.


For rainbows are for sharing,

To encourage and inspire.

I hope there’re rainbows in my words

That light your inner fire.

Rainbow, Image by David Mark from Pixabay

Rainbow, Image by David Mark from Pixabay

Karen A Szklany

My requests:

Dragonflies

Sunflowers

Pumpkins

Extra challenge ~ haiku.”


Karen, thank/you for your request. I wrote your dragonfly poem last week as Bill Holland requested the same subject. Here are the other two you asked for.

I find comfort in contemplating the sunflowers.

— Vincent Van Gogh

sunflower, Image by Mircea Ploscar from Pixabay

sunflower, Image by Mircea Ploscar from Pixabay

Sunflowers and Pumpkins

Sunflowers (Haiku)

Pretty sunflower

Turning to embrace the Sun

You brighten my day.


Pumpkins (Haiku)

A delight to see

Pumpkins growing in a patch

Green and gold for me.

Pumpkin, Image by Annette Meyer from Pixabay

Pumpkin, Image by Annette Meyer from Pixabay

Nikki Khan

I've a request for you, can you write some on topic of war which is almost predicted these days between different countries.

And also on earthquake which is affecting many currently.”


Nikki, I have written a few poems about war before, including When the World explodes, but here is another one for you. I don't think I have ever written one about an earthquake though. Enjoy.

The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.

— Sun Tzu

War

Tell me, what’s the point of war?

What does it achieve?

In most, the battle’s never won,

But leaves families to grieve.


Wars are just a show of power

Inspired by men of greed

That have no moral reasoning,

To fill some evil need.


I dream of living in a world

That has no place for war,

Where everybody’s goal is peace,

Not evening up the score.


So, put down all your weapons,

Lay guns and bombs aside.

Let’s just love our fellow man

Wherever he resides.

We want a story that starts out with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax.

— Samuel Goldwyn

Earthquakes

I feel a rumble underfoot,

Signs of a restless Earth.

Like a long expectant mother

Awaiting to give birth.


The ground starts shaking violently,

The rumbles turn to quakes.

Somewhere the Earth splits in two,

And the water boils in lakes.


T’was a long and troubled labour,

Though the birth itself is fast.

Devastation and destruction,

The shocking aftermath.

earthquake, https://pixabay.com/photos/pumpkin-yellow-autumn-vegetables-4591921/

earthquake, https://pixabay.com/photos/pumpkin-yellow-autumn-vegetables-4591921/

See You Next Week

Well, that's it from the porch for this week. The next collection will have poems for Peggy Woods, Pamela Oglesby, Elijah A Alexander Jr. and Eric Dierker.

Until then, take care, and may life turn your lemons into lemonade. i'll leave you with Eva Cassidy's version of Over the Rainbow.

© 2019 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 24, 2019:

Thank you for the generous comment, Karen. I am glad you enjoyed those poems and the Van Gogh quote. A song always adds that little extra touch.

Karen A Szklany from New England on November 24, 2019:

Thank you for the beautiful poems about sunflowers and pumpkins...with an extra bonus - a quote from van Gogh, my favorite artist!

Your poems definitely touch my heart in many ways. Love spending time with them. And I love the way you close each of your Poems From the Porch hub with a song. ~:0)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 14, 2019:

Chris, good to see you following this series. Yes, I have already written poems on a number of subjects I wouldn’t have considered myself. It is a challenge but I am enjoying it. I still have other poems I want to write for myself, wondering if I should include one in among these or write totally separate hubs for my own ideas. I’ll probably do the latter.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on November 14, 2019:

Great job, John. I enjoy seeing the requests and then the poem almost magically appears a week later. It seems this might lead you to write about topics you may not otherwise consider.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 13, 2019:

Yes, Mel I been writing away like crazy. Sure glad we moved on from pencils or ai’d be constantly sharpening the suckers. Ok, Walt Whitman style free verse about brush-fires it is! I do try free-verse occasionally jus5 for a change so let’s see what happens.

Mel Carriere from San Diego California on November 13, 2019:

Wow you have been busy. I checked in last with Ghostwriter Confessions and you've been writing your pencil to a nub since then.

Do you ever try your hand at free verse? How about something a little Walt Whitman style, something maybe on the subject of brush fires, a theme relevant to Aussies and Californians alike.

Great work and great idea for a series.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2019:

Thank you Shauna, the porch is open 24/7 so you are never too late. It seems that "War" is the favourite poem of many in this collection, and I think it very fitting that it is. Glad you liked it too.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on November 12, 2019:

John, I apologize for being late to this session.

Once again, you've done a great job of rising to the many challenges your fellow writer pals have presented you with.

My favorite is "War". I completely agree with you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 12, 2019:

I really appreciate you following the series, Nithya. Thanks again.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 12, 2019:

Great poems, enjoyed reading. Haiku about sunflowers and pumpkins are beautifully expressed.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 11, 2019:

Brenda, I am so glad that my poetry has brightened your gloomy day. My rainbow is there to be shared. Thank you for reading.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on November 11, 2019:

Your poems have put a smile on my face.

The weather here is dim and gloomy with a snow covered ground. Still more falling and the air is a bit nippy...going down to 12 degrees.

So your poetry has hit the spot...to make it seem brighter.

Thanks for sharing your rainbow.

Great write.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 11, 2019:

Thank you, Lynne. Your comment is much appreciated.

Lynne Samuel from Malaysia on November 11, 2019:

As usual, great poems, John, thanks for the free reading :D

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 11, 2019:

Thank you, Gypsy. Much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 11, 2019:

Good to see you Dana. I am glad you enjoyed these poems.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 11, 2019:

Hi Harish, glad you like the poem I wrote for you, and the others. It actually feels like I am giving something back to the people who read my work.

Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on November 11, 2019:

Absolutely delightful enjoyed them all

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on November 11, 2019:

What a delightful collection of poetry. I loved every one of them.

Hari Prasad S from Bangalore on November 11, 2019:

Thank you John for writing all these wonderful poems and also on my requested one. :-)

Everyone who requested you to write, must feel like being presented with a gift from you. :-)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 11, 2019:

That's true...cheers

Clive Williams from Jamaica on November 11, 2019:

nope, where there is life.......

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 10, 2019:

Thanks Clive. I just hope I haven’t left it too late.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on November 10, 2019:

Very Creative John. One day you will become a mega best selling poet

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 10, 2019:

Thank you Nikki. I enjoyed writing your requests and am glad your were pleased with them. Yes, wars just make us less human. All the best.

Nikki Khan from London on November 10, 2019:

Thanks so very much John for writing on ‘War’ and ‘earthquakes’. I just loved both of them. You’re a great poet who have some natural talent of rhymes. Wars are source of huge destruction. I hope, some power-addicted people could understand that.

I also liked ‘the colours of rainbow’. Very well written and combined.

Blessings my friend!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 10, 2019:

Thank you for pulling up a chair Lorna. It is always great of you to visit and comment. I am glad you are enjoying this series, and especially the poem "War" in this collection.

Lorna Lamon on November 10, 2019:

I always look forward to your collections John and my favourite this time is 'War' - in particular the last verse. I have actually pulled up a chair and I am having a cup of coffee. Thought I would set the scene. Another wonderful collection.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Hi Linda, and thank you. I can’t ensure these hubs are published on a certain day due to the nature of them. It may take me awhile to get the inspiration or idea for certain topics..but all works out in the end. Cheers.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on November 09, 2019:

This is another enjoyable edition in your series, John. I'm always happy to see that you've written a new "Poems from the Porch" article!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Hello Audrey, good to see you. Thank you for reading this collection. It is something I look forward to doing each week at it helps me hone and improve my poetic skills, as well as write on subjects I may not otherwise consider. Glad you liked the Eva Cassidy video too.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 09, 2019:

An impressive presentation - you have certainly risen to the occasion, John. I have long admired your poetic skills, but never more than now.

Eva Cassidy's "Over the Rainbow" is a favorite of mine. Thanks for including this video.

I look forward to what comes next.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Hi, Flourish, yes people sure are trying to test me. But, I am enjoying the challenge.

FlourishAnyway from USA on November 09, 2019:

These are very impressive, especially considering how specific those requests were!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Yes, I will have plenty of diverse poems for a book won’t I MsDora :)?

I am please that line resonated with you, and that you enjoyed all the poems. Blessings.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on November 09, 2019:

Wow! You should have a book of very interesting poems when you're through--if you're ever through. "Have a rainbow for a smile" is my favorite line this week, but the poems are all expertly done. Thank you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Thank you for checking this one out and I do hope you have time to visit the rest of the series. I am thoroughly enjoying this challenge of writing poems requested by other people.

Shannon Henry from Texas on November 09, 2019:

I think I need to check out the rest of this series, John. These are great! It takes a great deal of talent to write a well-written poem on any random topic given to you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Linda, the fields of sunflowers in Italy must have been a stunning sight. Like you we rarely have earthquakes, in fact, I think I have only experience a tiny tremor once in my life. The city of Newcastle in NSW, just north of Sydney has had two significant ones that I can remember however. I don’t think I have heard the Judy Garland song about chasing rainbows or I may have included that. I almost used her original “Over the Rainbow” but decided on Eva Cassidy’s version just for something a little different.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

I greatly appreciate your generous comment, manatita. Thank you bro.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Thank you, Ruby, I am touched by your words.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

My brother Sean, I appreciate your constant encouragement and your enthusiasm inspires me. I am glad that you are please with the poem I wrote for your request. Enjoy your rainbow.

manatita44 from london on November 09, 2019:

Some very exquisite offerings to your friends. They are all excellent pieces.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on November 09, 2019:

They all were beautiful, my favorite, War. Such a gift you have John. and sharing with us is the best of all. Thank you..

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on November 09, 2019:

Yes, my dear brother, there are beautiful rainbows in your poems! And they have well-suited colours for anyone, connecting with the Inner Light! So, they create a profound bond between you and the reader! I am honoured and amazed by your response to my request! Thank you for the colours!

May His Colours always be with you!

Sean

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Yes it was a challenging week, Linda. I hope I did these poems justice. Actually the one I struggled with most was the Colours of the Rainbow, because I couldn’t get the words of “What a Wonderful World” out of my head lol.

Linda Lum from Washington State, USA on November 09, 2019:

John you were given quite a challenge this week, and didn't disappoint. Judy Garland sang a wistful song about "always chasing rainbows."

Sunflowers remind me of my second visit to Italy. I was on a train traveling from Sienna to Rome and passed field upon field filled with sunflowers. Can you imagine the sight?

In my corner of the world earthquakes do not occur often (severe ones about every 10 to 20 years). The power is amazing and frightening and humbling.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

This series was just started as a bit of an experiment but it has really surprised me with its popularity, Bill. The good part is that I am constantly learning and improving my poetry by taking on the varied requests from my readers. I am glad you are enjoying this series.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 09, 2019:

I love this series and I love your willingness and desire to grow as a poet. Great challenges and even greater responses by you.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Aww, thank you, Mary. I really appreciate your comment. Feel free to keep reciting the lines you like.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Yes, Li-Jen there is so much material for poetry, and as in nature, there is both good and bad. We need to discuss it all.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Ok thanks for sharing that, Eric.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Thank you so much for following this series Rosina. yes, I am looking forward to writing your requested poem too.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on November 09, 2019:

I don't know how you manage it but these are truly remarkable. I love some lines here and I kept repeating it to myself.

Li-Jen Hew on November 09, 2019:

Hi Jodah. I like that there is always something to write about for each poem topic. I can see your enthusiasm for challenging yourself to write new poems. There is beauty in nature like the sunflower but there are still cons like earthquakes. A wake up to reality. Thanks for sharing!

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 09, 2019:

John the book is "the War of Art" by Steven Pressfield. Of course my elder son the artist gave it to me. It is now on my desk to re-read some. I wish I could claim credit.

Rosina S Khan on November 09, 2019:

Another lovely collection of poems, John. You are really a great poet. I can’t wait to see my request to get materialized! Thank you for sharing and writing these poems from your porch, which are requests from your peers and fellow writers. Great work!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Eric, I am glad I didn't settle on a specific day to have this series published on as some of the poems take that little bit extra thought and time. You are right though, I love what I am doing here, and if the people making requests are happy with, and get something from the poem I write for them then this is all a great success.

"The war of art," that is an interesting phrase I haven't heard before, and yes I guess it could be a song.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on November 09, 2019:

Awesome. You are on a roll. Or is that role. The role of our chief poet. There is a special quality here. That I think is that while you work hard and it must be struggle sometimes, love of doing this shines through. Which tells me that you have at least 75% conquered the resistance we have in the war of art. To me that is a huge deal.

(hey maybe you could make "song" about that)

Love

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Hello Pamela. Thank you for the nice comment. I look forward to writing the poem you requested and it will be here next week. I just hope I do it justice.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 09, 2019:

This collection of poems were really good and I love the variety of topics. I would say you have once again risen to the challenge.I look forward to next week, of course.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 09, 2019:

Thank you, Charlie. You were here early, and you are always most welcome.

Charlie Halliday from Scotland on November 09, 2019:

Glad I pulled up a chair. I am enjoying these visits to your porch.