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Rotten Eggs Smell (A Poem About Truth and Values)

John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

Rotten eggs smell

Rotten eggs smell

Rotten Eggs Smell

Rumours can hurt more than sticks and stones.

A broken reputation heals slower than bones.


Gossip can spread like a raging wildfire.

Truth holds no value to a habitual liar.


Hold on to your values, and do what is right,

Don't bow to accusers who come in the night.

Gossiping

Gossiping

Those who sling mud hope that it sticks,

Just stand your ground and throw back at them bricks.


Innuendo can hurt if accompanied by fact,

But that is the very thing it often lacks.


Hatred and jealousy oft' breed contempt,

Even the greatest from this aren't exempt.


Honesty wins at the end of the day,

So stay true to yourself and you'll find a way.


If you remain faithful, truthful, and just

Those who cause scandal will eat all your dust.


Good news is no news, bad news is what sells,

But always remember that rotten eggs smell.

Rotten Eggs

Rotten Eggs

Why Do Rotten Eggs Smell?

The strong smell of rotten eggs comes mostly from the whites and is due to hydrogen sulfide, a gas so noxious that it was used as a chemical weapon in World War I. The gas is created when certain sulfur-containing proteins in the egg white unravel. ... The sulfurous-smelling sulfide vapor is also released when an egg ages.

(Source: Quora)

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Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on August 11, 2017:

Hi again, Ann. Hmm, spiteful neighbour.. I have had them before, believe me. Best thing to do is ignore them as much as possible and don't give them the satisfaction of knowing they are upsetting you. Let them self-implode :)

Ann Carr from SW England on August 11, 2017:

Absolutely brilliant! We are suffering from a rather spiteful neighbour at the moment and your advice is good; ignore it and let it stew in its own juice!

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 16, 2017:

Thank you, Chris. i appreciate you taking the time to read and comment. Glad you liked the ending.

Chris Mills from Traverse City, MI on March 15, 2017:

Good analogies, John. And good ending, too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 07, 2017:

Thank you very much, poeticmc. I appreciate that.

MD Johnson from San Diego, CA on March 07, 2017:

I love this poem! Powerful and full of wisdom!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 04, 2017:

It's all good, Shauna. I know how busy you are with work. I am in the middle of moving house and have done my back so I am laid up for a few days. It may enable me to catch up with a little reading myself.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 04, 2017:

John, I'm behind in my reading - again. I always read your posts, just not in a timely manner, I'm afraid....

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 04, 2017:

Thanks for the insightful comment, Flourish. You are right it is not fun being the subject of gossip, especially if it isn't true. Sometimes you have trouble proving otherwise.

FlourishAnyway from USA on March 03, 2017:

I love the punch line with this. People love gossip and innuendo but it sure doesn't feel too good when you're the subject of it. Seems like some Jumpty Dumpties are always the ones stirring stuff up. This poem makes you think.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 03, 2017:

Hello Shauna. Always good to see your unexpected comments pop up from time to time on my hubs :) Yes, I do try to put a message or two into just about everything I write. I find poetry offers a perfect vessel for being subtle or "subliminal" so people are getting a message without feeling they are being preached to. Have a great weekend coming up.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on March 03, 2017:

I love all the not-so-subliminal messages in this poem, John. You're the master of poetry. It always reads smoothly and provides words of wisdom mixed with humor.

Dianna Mendez on February 19, 2017:

Good advice on keeping a clean image and smell! I try to remember the Golden Rule when it comes to dealing with others -- keeps the rotten egg smell to a minimum.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 15, 2017:

Thank you Chitrangada. Yes there certainly are some rotten eggs in real life.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 15, 2017:

Great poem and wonderful message!

This is so close to reality. We all face such people and such situations in regular life.

Good idea to express this through your well crafted poem. Thanks for sharing!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 08, 2017:

Great to be getting your comments again, Frank, as well as new stories. Glad you enjoyed this.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on February 08, 2017:

I agrree with the idea that bad news sells... Yeah good news is no news//:) love the poetry my friend and again the concept too...

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 05, 2017:

Thanks for that insightful comment, Genna. I am glad this succeeded in getting across the message intended. What interesting times we find ourselves in.

Genna East from Massachusetts, USA on February 05, 2017:

"Thou shalt not bear false witness ." I loved how this poem implies how one can "wear egg on their face." So very clever. And nothing smells worse than rotten eggs. It is a timely and important reminder for us all in this day of fake news and accusations.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on February 01, 2017:

Jo, everyone is entitled to relate this to whatever situation that affects them. I can understand it would certainly be relevant in regard to the US political situation. Thanks for reading. I hope the smell starts to receed soon.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on February 01, 2017:

As an American, I immediately related this to our political situation, and then saw other Americans did the same. It is getting very smelly here.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2017:

All you can do is try your best, Missy :) Thanks for agreeing with the sentiment behind this. Take care, my friend.

Missy Smith from Florida on January 31, 2017:

Good advice in every line of this one. I try to take the high road when it comes to people who throw dirt my way, but I will admit I sometimes fail. But...the important thing is I try, right?? Haha... ;)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2017:

My pleasure, Martie. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2017:

No, Paula. I don't mind :)

Martie Coetser from South Africa on January 31, 2017:

Every word so true!!

Thanks for reminding us, Jodah!

Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on January 31, 2017:

Oooh Paula (fpherj48). I wouldn't have said that Hillary was a worthy candidate - merely that she was much more worthy than Donald (but that could also be said of about 300 million other Americans). Donald's first few days in office certainly haven't changed my opinion on that! :) Best wishes to you and to John.

Suzie from Carson City on January 31, 2017:

Jodah my friend..Hope U don't mind if I say "Hello" 2 Mr. Grnslves~How R U Sir? Just want 2 say, if U recall, I tried my utmost 2 gently inform U ~ U had fallen hook, line & sinker 4 the FAKE news HRC is a worthy candidate! smile :) It's OVER.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 31, 2017:

Good to see a comment from you, Alun. I totally understand how some people can be put off reading poetry because it is often too abstract and the meaning has to be deciphered. For me personally, and because I usually have a message to portray, I believe in making my poetry easy to understand. The poem wasn't specifically written with any one person in mind, that said I wouldn't discount the individual you mention from inclusion in the targets. Thank you for your insight.

Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on January 31, 2017:

I'm not a great reader of poetry John, but I liked this very much. It is well written and clear (my problem with much poetry is that I just don't understand it!) It is also of course timely. Not sure who, if anyone, was the target of your attack, but I can think of one individual recently elected to high office, for whom almost every line could be applied!

'Fake news' is very much a matter of 'real news' concern at the moment. Without the ability to separate lies or rumours from truth, people cannot make acccurate judgements about other people or policies. I like all the lines in the poem, but the optimistic note in the penultimate couplet is, I hope, true. The best way to combat fake news is to remain honest and just.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Annette, I think it is scandalous how our Governments control what history our children read' picking and choosing certain information that puts their own country in a good light and hiding what they are ashamed of. It has happened for a long time in my own country in regard to white settlement in Australia and the treatment if Aboriginals.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Hi Dana, glad you enjoyed these words. Keep those smelly people at arms length where possible.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

I really appreciate such encouraging words, John. If I can use my role as a writer to influence and inspire anyone then I have done my bit. I am honoured that you want to share it with others.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Thank you Ms Dora. I know you won't have any trouble walking straight. Glad this is a good reminder.

John Ward from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada. on January 30, 2017:

This "Poem" should be a must read and a must Learn off by heart for all adults and children. It contains much wisdom and insight. I will definitely be Keeping it where I can read it often and will be referring it to as many Folks as can be mustered. It is a wonderful piece. Please, keep, these tit bits of wisdom coming. John ward

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 30, 2017:

"A broken reputation heals slower than bones." "Honesty wins at the end of the day. Your poem contains some deep thoughts of which we need to be reminded. Thanks for the encouragement to walk straight no matter what.

Annette D Roussey from Twinsburg on January 30, 2017:

Love it. I am hoping that the real writers of the world can open the eyes of all. People need to be willing to investigate on their own, not just the social media garbage they keep force feeding us.

I've found a lot of things reading the books and papers written as they happened, not the way the books have been changed now. It's frustrating to know history and see the way the people in power have fought to change it. Now the stuff being taught to my children is way different than when I learned it and now I'm pulling out the books to show them the reality of all the stuff being changed without a public vote.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on January 30, 2017:

This was too cute! It also had a very powerful message

"Honesty wins at the end of the day,

So stay true to yourself and you'll find a way."

I have had to deal with rotten people a lot and believe me they smell.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Hey, Larry. Thanks pal. It's always good when something makes you reflect.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Sorry Bill stole your line, Ruby. I guess great minds think alike. Thank you for reading, glad you enjoyed.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Believe me, Eric. I have done my share of dealing with rotten cackleberries. My hen's free range so they often lay eggs in unexpected places that take me awhile to find. If I find some that have gone off I summon up as much athletic ability as I can find and toss them as far as I can into the bush where hopefully no one will smell them.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Thanks for reading and for the insightful comment, Luke. To tell you the truth I wrote those two line(stanza) on the spur of the moment just before publishing. I thought the poem was a little short? Maybe that is why it's a little "off meter." I don't know if you know much about "quilting" (of which my wife is an expert. But every quilt is supposed to have a deliberate mistake somewhere within it e.g. a piece stitched back the front, upside down etc. usually so it isn't obvious but it can be found by someone discerning. I think many of my poems are like that :) Yes, there is a lot of brainwashing going on in the world and people don't realise it's happening to them.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Thank you Bellur, that is so true.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

RJ, there is not much that smells worse than a rotten egg. There is so much falsehood disquised as truth out there e.g. "Alternative facts" that it is hard to know what to believe. Yes, we do need to "take everything with a grain of salt." Thanks for reading.

rjbatty from Irvine on January 30, 2017:

I've never smelled a rotten egg but can imagine it must be egregious. The point of the poem is to detect truth from falsehood, or so I guess. This poem is very relevant in today's world where opinion gets mixed up with actual fact. I've become very sensitive to truth and just as sensitive to falsehood disguised as truth. Sometimes it's hard to detect the odor of things, so I take everything with a "grain of salt." We all need to do this.

Larry Rankin from Oklahoma on January 30, 2017:

Very reflective.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on January 30, 2017:

Bill stole my line. Rotten eggs sure do smell and gossip hurts. A great message in your poetic style.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on January 30, 2017:

Well I am sure you know that with a little one that sulfur smell causes more laughing than worrying.

I also think that in your year of the Rooster some of the cuckleberries will cause just such a stir.

Great poem to keep seriousness at arms length.

JourneyHolm on January 30, 2017:

Nice poem, Jodah! I really liked the underlying theme and its analogy to rotten eggs. I think you had a lot of strong messages in this poem. If only the world understand how powerful this corruption/brainwashing can be. I liked everything about the poem, but thought the lines, "Hatred and jealousy oft' breed contempt, / Even the greatest from this aren't exempt" were off meter. The rest, for me, was flawless. Thank you for sharing :)

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 30, 2017:

Great poem with an important message, honesty always wins and the best thing at the end of the day is to stay true to oneself and rumours will definitely bite the dust.

simplehappylife on January 30, 2017:

You're Welcome Jodah :) LOL @Bill :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Shyron, tell your hubby "Thank you" from me. That is really appreciated.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 30, 2017:

I read your stuff to Hubby and he said you are a fantastic writer.

Blessings my friend

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Haha Bill, I know that isn't really a laughing matter but I can smell it from here. Thanks for reading.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on January 30, 2017:

That smell is coming from Washington D.C., just in case you were wondering about its source. :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Hi, SA. Thank you for reading this. Yes, I just had to use those images of the eggs with faces. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

simplehappylife on January 30, 2017:

Great poem Jodah :) I Loved it. Awesome choice regarding the images. The faced eggs are creepy :) lol

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Yes, they are, Clive. Thanks for reading.

Clive Williams from Jamaica on January 30, 2017:

Slanderous words are like an infection. Takes time to heal

Good poem Jodah.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Thank you for reading this, Tim. Good to hear the ending gave you a chuckle. Beware those rotten eggs.

Tim Mitchell from Escondido, CA on January 30, 2017:

I loved the ending giving a chuckle with a bit of a gotcha'. I had to go back and read with the intent of wafting eggs of the past as they rotted. Pee-Eww they surely stunk.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Thank you for your kind comment, Paula. No, they are random faces.. I don't recognise them either. I wasn't brave enough to use faces people would recognise :)

Oh, the two poems that have become songs are also hubs: "If I Could Write a Love Poem" It has been recorded by British/Israeli singer Tally Koren. She contacted me recently and sent me a CD of the recording. She is going to release it this year on an album and possibly as a single. The other is "On the Road to Kingdom Come" which has been recorded by fellow hubber friend Al Wordlaw (Word55).

Suzie from Carson City on January 30, 2017:

Hi Jodah...If I'm supposed to recognize the faces in the egg shells, I fail. But I love your talent for fascinating poetry. This one is simply another clever piece of work by our brilliant Jodah. I like your attitude, my friend! Paula

(After all these years, I noticed the line in your bio about 2 of your poems having become songs! What are those songs, Jodah?!) How special.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Hello, Sakina. Thank you for your generous comment. Glad you particularly liked the last line too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 30, 2017:

Hey, Shyron. I can't reveal who it is about :) Glad it reminded you of your mom's poem. Blessings.

Sakina Nasir from Kuwait on January 29, 2017:

Such a lovely poem. In some lines, you have explained the title "Rotten Eggs Smell" so wonderfully.

I loved this last line:

"Good news is no news, bad news is what sells,

But always remember that rotten eggs smell."

Great job! :)

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 29, 2017:

Awesome John, I love it, you must be talking about trump, and all the lies made up about Hillary.

This reminds me of a poem My mom made up about a rotten egg.

I also loved the pictures

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 29, 2017:

Yes, that is true Venkatachari. Truth and honesty win out in the end, and don't leave you feeling guilty. Thanks for reading and commenting.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on January 29, 2017:

A good message to people. It is true that bad and fake news sell more fastly than truth and reality. But, at the end, it is the truth that wins eventually even though it may take a long time.

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