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A Letter to Google.

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.

My Favorite Quote! Author’s Essay Challenge

Our wonderful fellow hubber Jo Goldsmith recently issued the following challenge:

"My Favorite Quote Essay"

We all enjoy quotes. We have occasionally used quotes from some of the greatest minds in history.

I thought why not create a challenge because of and in the spirit of creative writing challenges recently. I have come up with a fun and interesting one that I hope you will take on.

The goal is to:

(1.) Identify a historical person who has quoted something profound that you can relate to.

(2.) Explain why you chose the quote you selected

(3.) How has the famous quote you selected allowed you to grow in your life?

And we will use the format of an Essay approach."

Frankenhubber!!

Now, I am always up for a new challenge. In fact I can rarely turn one down. Even when I am convinced I won't take another on for awhile and concentrate on my own writing I invariably have a change of heart. This is another one of those occasions.

I had in fact planned on writing another hub in regard to all the recent (and probably old as well) concerns expressed by many hubbers and ex-squids in regard to weirdly fluctuating hub scores, large numbers of hubs suddenly losing their featured status (first due to low engagement and then to low quality). Although these complaints are initially directed at Hub Pages it appears that the real culprit behind these dastardly deeds is in fact Google.

My intended hub was going to be a poem titled either "Mr.Google How Do You Do?" or "A Letter to Google." Now I hear you ask, what has this got to do with Jo's "My Favorite Quote" essay challenge? Well originally nothing, but I got to thinking (I do that sometimes). I had told Jo that I would try to find time to take part in her challenge but that I wasn't sure I could find the time with Christmas and the holidays approaching.

The fact that I was considering writing an alternative hub made me feel a little guilty, so I thought (I did it again) why not combine the two. Brilliant idea! Kill two birds with one stone. But how would I combine my favorite quote with a poem about Google? Well let's look at my favorite quote by Mahatma Gandhi:


First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”

— Mahatma Gandhi

Hmm....poets, short fiction, and creative writers are often ignored by search engines (of which Google is the most powerful). We are often treated as second class writers and ridiculed by the general public and online traffic. Now I am just ready for the fight .. Google and other search engines penalizing us and trying to exclude our writing from the Internet completely. Once that happens, we creative writers will win because people in general will begin to think what a sad, creatively barren world this would be without our poems, stories, essays, etc etc.

There will be an uprising, protests. marching in the streets....well maybe that's gong a little far, but I do feel common sense will prevail and people will force Google to change its algorithms and how it views online content. Never give up my friends! Doesn't the Bible say, "The meek will inherit the Earth?"

So this hub is kind of a mishmash of different types of content and ideas...hence I'm calling myself "Frankenhubber." (At least for this hub)

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A Letter to Google

Mr.Google how do you do?

I'd like to have a word with you

I'll write nice content that people view

To keep you happy and Adsense too.

Even though I feel unclean,

While my poetry remains unseen.

Your Panda updates make things rough,

For creative writers times are tough.

Your algorithm seems so unfair

That many writers pull out their hair.

If you want "how to" I'll obey,

Write, "How to get up every day,"

"How to this and how to that,"

"How you should put out the cat."

It goes a little past a joke,

Your rules upset so many folk.

Disillusionment with you is rife,

Just like so many things in life.

You are the king of online search

Please look down from your lofty perch.

Creative writing must survive,

Please help us keep the art alive.

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This work is in the public domain in India because its term of copyright has expired.

This work is in the public domain in India because its term of copyright has expired.

My Favorite Quote (again)

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
Mahatma Gandhi

When did I first hear this quote? I am not 100% sure. I can remember though that I read it on a desk calendar that had a different famous quote for each day of the week. It could have been while I was at high school, but I think it more likely when I was working in the Personnel (Staff) Section of the Queensland Railway Department in the early 1980s. This quote immediately captured my attention as I have always been a champion of the underdog or suppressed, and encouraged me to seek out more about Gandhi's quotes an teachings.

I was blown away by this man's wisdom. A few of his other memorable quotes are:

“Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony.”

“An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind.”

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.”

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it--always.”

“God has no religion.”

“Your beliefs become your thoughts,
Your thoughts become your words,
Your words become your actions,
Your actions become your habits,
Your habits become your values,
Your values become your destiny.”

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is like an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.”

These are just the tip of the iceberg. If we all had a list of all his quotes and tried to live our lives by them this world would be a much better place.

Even this one that I was a little reluctant to include, but it may strike a nerve with some people:

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”

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How do I relate to this quote? I have always been encouraged to try to protect the weak, the downtrodden or shunned. My parents brought me up with advice such as:

  • boys should never hit girls
  • don't pick on or fight anyone smaller or younger than you
  • be kind to animals
  • always be polite, say "please" and "thank you"
  • always respect your elders
  • protect anyone weaker than yourself
  • stick up for what you believe to be right
  • don't brag
  • men should never swear in front of women

I feel this quote is very relevant to these values. I may not always succeed, but I do try my best to live up to all these. For instance my first day at school in first grade, I was on parade when I saw a boy in my class pushing and teasing a girl. I didn't even know the guy yet and he was bigger than me, so maybe I was crazy but I repeated my parents words to him, "Boys shouldn't hit girls." He ignored me and kept doing it so I grabbed his arm and we got into a fight. The teacher broke us up and sent us both to the office.. very first day at school. I seemed to get myself into similar situations throughout my school days (thanks Mom and Dad).

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How is this quote still effecting my life? Even as an adult I have gone out of my way to befriend and associate with people who may have a slight mental disability, homeless, or who are challenged in some way. I feel comfortable around them and they are human beings who deserve respect.

I have always loved poetry however, apart from my wife, many people I have known and in fact a large proportion of the general public have never taken it seriously. Some treat it as a necessary evil they were forced to study in English lessons at school. It was a wonderful day when I found Hub Pages, and other online poetry and creative writing forums. I am constantly experimenting with different form of poetry and writing and continually trying to improve. I am passionate about trying to write poetry that will appeal to those people who have always said "I don't like poetry" or "I can't understand poetry."

So, now I find myself defending the importance of my preferred art of poetry and creative writing and my talented colleagues who write in these genres. We just need to show patience and determination against whatever Google throws at us. Stay strong while others laugh at us, and ignore us. When they decide to fight us .. then we will win.

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Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2019:

Good to see you, Audrey. Thank you for such a generous comment. I am glad you have marked this as a “go-to’ article. Thanks for reading.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on November 27, 2019:

Rosie’ sorry i never replied to your comment, For some reason it was marked as spam and I wasn’t notified. Great suggestion actually, and I will look into doing that.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on November 27, 2019:

I'm rating this as my top "go-to" article. I love it! I'm a few years late but Congratulations on your deserving award. And thanks for the uplifting quotes.

You're the best!

Rosie P from London, UK on July 25, 2018:

Hi John,

I am new to HubPages and just came across your Hub, which I really enjoyed reading. As both a professional SEO copywriter and a fiction writer, it actually got me thinking...

There are a number of "rules" for SEO writing that a lot of writers seem to resent. However, poets are very used to "rules" that dictate how they form their work - about meter, about rhyme etc. I once tried to write a sonnet and was baffled by the strict parameters (14 lines, iambic pentameter, 3 quatrains and a rhyming couplet... my head hurts!).

I think it would be really interesting to try writing a poem based on SEO principles - making sure that it's key phrase enriched, properly keyword destuffed, sat on a content-heavy page, etc. It could start a whole new genre of poetry!

Just a thought :).

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

Thank you once again Paula, and for sharing that story. Much appreciated.

Suzie from Carson City on July 05, 2017:

Frankenhubber....Wow! For an ugly freak with a bolt through your neck, holding your head on~ you write great stuff! You totally succeeded in your goal to intermingle 2 intentions. Bravo!

Just for the record, I want you to know that the reason I avoided reading poetry for so long here on HP, is because I had a terrible habit of associating all poetry with that which we were forced to learn in class through our school years. Having been an Honor student, I had this attitude that poetry was a waste of time & I treated it flippantly. I resented having to take the time to really delve into it, when I could be focusing on Math, Science & Foreign languages. (Just being my usual demanding self) LOL

Anyway, my Dad wrote poetry, music and songs and would scold me for my attitude, so he finally guilted me into paying attention to more Poetry. I'm glad he did because I eventually found that there really is some poetry I enjoy immensely.

I surprised myself when I even went so far as to try my muse at some poetry! In fact, a few years back, I wrote a poem about Google.

And to use Chris's words, as a woman who definitely marches to her own drum, I've learned to appreciate poetry in my own way on my terms....like I said, I always like your poems.

Gandhi's quotes are some of the most profound and amazing of all quotes. His wisdom is beyond reproach.

I'm glad this made another trip around! Paula

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

Alun, thanks for reading this hub. It's been awhile since it had a comment. Glad you found it interesting and I appreciate your comment.

I wish I knew how Google could improve the situation in regard to creative writing and poetry but I don't really have an answer. They need to have a totally unique approach on how to list these in their search engine, as you say.

Greensleeves Hubs from Essex, UK on July 05, 2017:

Interesting read, John. I like your poem and I like the sentiments you express, and live by. And those quotes by Gandhi are great. The video of his first spoken interview is intriguing and historic.

I do genuinely wonder though how could Google improve the situation for writers of fiction and poetry? As I understand it (and my understanding of Google is extremely limited!) search engine listing relies on having relevant keywords etc. If one writes about a factual subject, it's very easy to come up with a relevant keyword that people can search for, but how would that work with a piece of creative writing? Maybe an entirely different approach is required from Google for listing works of fiction so they can be separated - but not ignored or dismissed - from factual work in Internet searches?

Anyway, as I say, I don't understand how Google does these things, but it is sad that great works of creative prose or poetry may be so hard to find, when pointless celeb news and tacky or sensationalist gossip is so easy to find. Alun

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 04, 2016:

Hey Bill, great to see you for the first time this year. Hope your festive season was a good one too. Glad you enjoyed this hub, especially Ghandi's quotes. Haha..I like your favourite by Waylon Jennings too. Have a great New Year.

Bill Russo from Cape Cod on January 04, 2016:

I enjoyed the whole work John, but was especially drawn in to some of the Ghandi quotes, which I admit to not knowing. "Live as if you are going to die tomorrow but learn as if you are going to live forever" - not the exact quote, but I love the essence of it. Your famous person is far more noble than mine - my favorite quote is from the outlaw Western singer, Waylon Jennings who said...'I've always been crazy. It keeps me from going insane.' - words to live by, for me! My Best to you Sir, for 2016.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 14, 2015:

Thank you for revisiting this hub Theresa. It is a true compliment when someone likes something you wrote enough to read it again. Much appreciated.

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on July 13, 2015:

Jodah - This is still just as good, important, and creative as the day you first penned it.

Thanks again. Theresa

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 12, 2015:

Thanks MG. I'll be sure to read more of yours as well

MG Seltzer from South Portland, Maine on July 12, 2015:

I'll be back to read more of your work.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on July 12, 2015:

Thank you MG, yes I try to be diverse in my writing. If I continually write the same type of content I even bore myself :) Glad you enjoyed this and I appreciate the thumbs up.

MG Seltzer from South Portland, Maine on July 12, 2015:

I really like your positive attitude. I personally love to see poetry, some humor, some personal reflection in HubPages. I need a break from information, information, and more information. You explained the need for diverse writing very well here. Thanks! Voted thumbs up, of course.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 20, 2015:

Thank you for your kind words Nadine. Glad you found some of the quotes in here relevant to you at this time. It is funny how something we need presents itself at the right time.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on April 20, 2015:

Thank you so much for this wonderful post. I have saved some of the quotes that just came at the right time for me. Voted up and shared

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 20, 2015:

Thank you for reading this hub Manatita and for your generous comment. I have read some of your prose via one of billybuc's challenges I think, that and your poetry are both excellent. Thank you for the follow also,

manatita44 from london on April 20, 2015:

Great use of excellent quotes. Nice poem about Google and I note that you seem to be a fan of Gandhiji. No bad thing.

I like the format of your challenge, and perhaps I'll take it up later. I'm actually both writer and poet and started here as a writer. Many don't know this.

Excellent Hub with great variety. Much peace.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 19, 2015:

It's all good Kamalesh050

Kamalesh Chakraverty from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India on April 19, 2015:

Please ignore (y) - This is a sign for Thumbs Up which is used in Facebook - I didn't know!!

Kamalesh Chakraverty from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India on April 19, 2015:

You deserve appreciation more than what I could express. (y)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 19, 2015:

What a wonderful and humbling comment Kamalesh050. I am so glad you enjoyed this hub and I hope you feel the same after reading more that I have written. In return I will check out your hubs. Thanks for the vote up, have a great day.

Kamalesh Chakraverty from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India on April 19, 2015:

A Brilliant hub indeed ! I love the poem, the quotes and the entire hub as a whole including your style of writing and presentation. This hub itself manifests your wisdom and intellect and also shows your creativity. Hats Off to you! I must read your other hubs or at least some of them as I feel I have so much to learn from you. So my friend you can expect to have my comment from now and then.

Voted Up/Awesome/Useful/Interesting/Beautiful !

Best Wishes, Kamalesh

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 12, 2015:

Thank you for reading this hub and your support for the art of poetry Easy Exercise even though you don't write it yourself and weren't brought up to appreciate it. I found that combining poetry with other writing in hubs is a way of attracting people who don't normally read poetry and hopefully it helps them learn to appreciate it more. I am glad you enjoyed this hub and I am now off to check out yours. Thanks again.

Kelly A Burnett from United States on April 12, 2015:

The art of poetry is a rare joy and should be celebrated by Google and writers around the world. Wonderful hub!

I don't write poetry and was never trained to appreciate it until I learned about Jackie Kennedy quoting poetry and about the Kennedy tradition of memorizing poetry. My family tradition sadly did not include poetry.

The world is richer with diversity in art too and leaving poetry behind is a treasure we must cherish and protect.

Thank you for protecting this valuable cultural asset.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on March 18, 2015:

Thank you Audrey. I enjoyed writing this one too.

Audrey Howitt from California on March 18, 2015:

Loving this John!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 23, 2015:

I like to be as diverse as possible Dream On and have fun with what I write. I get bored easily if I keep writing the same type of stuff, so I have to keep myself entertained as much as my readers. Thanks again.

DREAM ON on January 23, 2015:

You come up with some amazing hubs. Great job. Thank you for sharing you talents at HubPages.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 14, 2015:

Good Morning LadyFiddler (well night hear at the moment). Glad you enjoyed this. Thanks for reading another of my hubs. God bless.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 14, 2015:

Good morning to you

Very lovely...... :) Oh i love the letter to Google, but Google is still my main man lol, what will i do without him?

Thanks for sharing this with us!

~~ God bless U~~

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 22, 2014:

Thanks so much Theresa. I do appreciate wonderful comments like this. It really encourages a writer when their peers enjoy their work. Thanks for supporting my appeal to Google, and how can anyone not love Gandhi?

Theresa Ast from Atlanta, Georgia on December 22, 2014:

Jodah - I love, love, love this Hub. Love how you combined several purposes and themes. Love your commitment to being good and doing right by others (we had similar parents and upbringings) love your commitment to poetry (and the great quotes by Gandhi - I love teaching about him in my western civ classes) and support your appeal to Google. Excellent hub, thoroughly enjoyed, encouraged, challenged. :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 22, 2014:

Thank you Shanmarie, glad you enjoyed this hub.

Shannon Henry from Texas on December 22, 2014:

Very creative, Jodah! I quite enjoyed your bquotes, your letter, and your explanation of your favorite quote.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 19, 2014:

Thank you for stopping by Dana. You are always missed when you are away from HP and it's great to have you back on board. I know real life sometimes has to take first place. I hope you can relax a little now that Christmas is almost here, and hope you and yours have a wonderful festive season.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on December 19, 2014:

Bravo! Someone brave enough to take on the Google gods and give us all a voice. I have been away from hubpages for quite sometime. Dropping in to catch up on my favorite following. It was a joy to read this piece of work...well done Jodah. I'll have to catch up on you other works soon. Just know I haven't forgotten you. Just been very busy. Take care

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 17, 2014:

What can I say Ann ..other than 'thankyou'? That was a very kind comment. I am gad your parents taught the same list of values as my own and you have passed them on to your own children and grandchildren. Also pleased that you liked my quotes and the hub in general. It means a lot t me.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 16, 2014:

I love all these quotes, especially your main one from Gandhi.

Wonderfully written poem and prose. My parents obviously shared the same list as yours! I still pass them on to my grandchildren.

This was entertaining, funny, thought-provoking and it hit the nail on the head. I just hope Google actually read it!

Bill's already pinched my 'brilliant' so I'll use another word.... no I won't - Brilliant, John!

Ann

Sudiksha from Nepal on December 10, 2014:

u are welcome!! and it was my pleasure.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 08, 2014:

Thank you so much for reading and enjoying this itsmesudiksha.

Sudiksha from Nepal on December 08, 2014:

WOW!! a very interesting article. had fun reading it out. and mostly the poem is amazing. great creativity!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 08, 2014:

Hi Carter I am glad you enjoyed the poem "Letter to Google" and this hub as a whole. Yes my mum was a wonderful woman. I like to think I haven't disappointed her. Thank you for the vote up and share.

Mary from Cronulla NSW on December 07, 2014:

Love this whole idea and love this hub..and especially your awesome letter poem.. it's really lovely to that your mum taught you to be a good man, she must have been a great mum..voted up, awesome & shared..cheers

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 07, 2014:

Hi Susi10, thanks for that great comment. Yes I too feel Hub Pages has some of the best writers on the Internet and it is greatly undervalued. Each Google update seems to effect things differently. I think we just have to weather the storms and I feel that eventually Hub Pages will see an improvement in its rankings..what goes around comes around..Thanks so much for the vote up and share. Glad this quote resonated strongly with you.

Susan W from The British Isles, Europe on December 07, 2014:

That quote resonated so much with me! I often feel that HubPages as a site is ridiculed by the bigger blogs, with it called a "content farm", "spam site" and so on - when in fact, some of the world's most talented writers are here!

Google will continue to stir the waters for a very long time, and we always get affected by it. Just wait - another Panguin update will be coming our way.

Well done on the challenge and thanks for the letter and quote. Voted awesome and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 06, 2014:

Thank you for reading this hub Rajan Jolly. It is difficult to argue with the wisdom behind any of these quotes. Your kind comment is greatly appreciated.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on December 05, 2014:

I enjoyed the poem. Quotes by eminent people are universally true and relevant to all times.

Great job on this challenge.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 05, 2014:

Thanks for reading Mari, glad you enjoyed this and got a laugh. Your kind comment encourages me.

dragonflycolor on December 05, 2014:

Laughed and awed at this. The talent you have ranks on the 1st page every time!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Thanks so much Suzanne. That's a great compliment coming from you. I appreciate the vote up, and I'll try to keep them coming.

Suzanne Day from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia on December 04, 2014:

This has to be one of your best poems to date, with all of the clever rhyming etc. Love it! Keep it coming & voted awesome. x

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Google has too much power Rock_nj. I am glad the EU is taking a stand. Maybe that will ensure changes for the good.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

It is a wonderfully meaningful quote Besarien. Glad you agree and thanks for reading this hub.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Aw thank you Audrey. I feel right at home here on HP and the community feels like a second family. Thanks for your comment and appreciating what I do.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Hey Cris, I don't really know what gets Google's attention, but I had to make my statement on the matter as there have been so many complaints. Congratulations on at least self-publishing a book. That's more than I've done. Good for you having the goal to a actually get it out there. Thanks for supporting my fight.

John Coviello from New Jersey on December 04, 2014:

Nicely written. I am happy to hear that the EU is considering suing Google for antitrust. They really have the power to make or break businesses with their dominant position in Internet search.

Besarien from South Florida on December 04, 2014:

This is wonderful. You settled on one of my favorite quotes. I enjoyed your poem too.

Audrey Hunt from Idyllwild Ca. on December 04, 2014:

A brilliant letter to Mr. Google! And your poem really says it all. You are admired here on HP Jodah. I sometimes wonder how we ever made it without you. You bring so much to the table.

Hugs,

Audrey

CrisSp from Sky Is The Limit Adventure on December 04, 2014:

You're a genius Frankenhubber! Hopefully, this gets Mr. Google's attention. I love poetry too and I admire those who can be very creative and expressive with their thoughts and feelings. Yes, everyone can learn how to write but the innate ability to create is something else.

I have a self-published book on poetry few years ago. It didn't really go to the market but was printed and gifted to close family and friends. Now, I plan to re-do it and actually have it published (and I'll not depend on Google for that, Lol!)

But still, I am with you on the fight! :)

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Yes Jamie, but strange you used those words. My son fought for a World Title in Muay Thai on Saturday. He was stopped in the 5th round with a fractured eye socket. Today he blacked out and collapsed in the shower. We are a little worried about him. He is seeing the doctor tomorrow..fingers crossed there is nothing serious.

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on December 04, 2014:

Thank you for fighting the good fight Jodah. I hope all is well. Jamie

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Thanks Chitrangada, for reading and the vote up. I hope you are right about Mr. Google and he takes note.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 04, 2014:

What an interesting hub and I am sure it will attract Mr. Google's attention and he will show some concern for creative writers.

Thanks for sharing an insightful hub and the quotes by Mahatma Gandhi.

Voted up!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Never give up on your poetry Mary, one day it will be valued. Look at the wonderful poets of the past. There poetry still exists today...it will always find an audience somewhere and I feel there will be a revival one day. I too have compiled a poetry journal for my wife and family, but I still have more poetry here on HP that I haven't included in the journal yet. Thanks for the vote up and share.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 04, 2014:

I have to admire you for your attempt at getting Mr. Google's attention! You remind me of David up against the giant! Poetry was my first love at writing, but I have become discouraged for several years at publishing any of my poems. I have now compiled a journal of my poems so my family can enjoy them (I hope).

Voted UP, etc. and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Thanks for the encouragement Hendrika, I will keep at it for sure.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Thanks for the encouragement Hendrika, I will keep at it for sure.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Thank you Venkatachari, I appreciate your kind comment. Glad you agree with my letter to Google and enjoyed the quotes from Gandhi. He was a great man.

Hendrika from Pretoria, South Africa on December 04, 2014:

Keep at it please. We cannot all give in to the boring practical and pragmatic writing of most of us.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Thanks for reading this misterhollywood, and for your kind comment. Much appreciated.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Hey Faith, thanks for your support. I will never stop writing despite Google. I don't give up. Glad you enjoye this hub, thanks for the vote up, pin and share etc.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

I know this hub must have appeared a little weird at first Iris but glad you "got it" in the end and see where I am coming from. Thanks.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Jackie, maybe if enough p0e0op00le would stan up and tell Google how they feel it may make some impact...strength in numbers they say.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Hey Cat, good to see you. I was certainly up on my own soapbox for this one.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Thanks for reading this snakesmum. I always liked certain poets from an early age and forme a likin for writing poetry myself. If enough people show an interest and generate traffic Google will take note.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 04, 2014:

Thank you MsDora, I appreciate your comment. Things are changing all the time so I always have hope that eventually Google will make changes that appreciate creative writing.

Venkatachari M from Hyderabad, India on December 03, 2014:

Beautiful and awesome hub. So many good quotes.... I love Mahatma Gandhi and his lifestyle. He was so simple and so great!!!

Your letter to Google is also very timely. Hope they read it and do something.

Many many thanks for sharing this great hub. You have done it so amazing. Voted up and awesome.

John Hollywood from Hollywood, CA on December 03, 2014:

Loved this and I have to say you are a great poet!

Faith Reaper from southern USA on December 03, 2014:

Hooray for Frankenhubber! Haha this is amazing and creative for you to combine your frustrations with Jo's quote challenge. You have lived up to the challenge and more!

I love this so much.

Up +++++ tweeting, pinning, G+ and sharing

Keep on writing not matter how hard Google wants to control our creative juices from spilling out onto the pages or ... computer screen.

Blessings always

Cristen Iris from Boise, Idaho on December 03, 2014:

I was lost at first but you got me with your poem. Now I get it. :) Awesome poem and yes, we creative writers need some Google love.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 03, 2014:

Great poem to Google and you were so much nicer than I could have been! lol Google has put such a damper on my poetry but the good thing is I wrote with such a flourish before I realized Google's power. ^+ as always!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 03, 2014:

Great poem to Google and you were so much nicer than I could have been! lol Google has put such a damper on my poetry but the good thing is I wrote with such a flourish before I realized Google's power. ^+ as always!

Catherine Tally from Los Angeles on December 03, 2014:

I am up on my chair giving you a standing ovation! :)

Snakesmum on December 03, 2014:

Enjoyed reading this hub Jodah, and particularly the Gandhi quotes.

Didn't like poetry at school, but do have a few favourites from among the classics. Have even written some myself.

Hopefully Google will take note.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2014:

My sentiments exactly Shauna.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2014:

Thank you Russ, I have always loved this quote and yes I felt it very pertinent.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2014:

Thanks MsLizzy. I agree about some of the poetry we had to study in school too. I like to think mine are different (they aren't all rhyming either). I'd love to read some of yours and your mothers. I appreciate the vote up too.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 03, 2014:

I know of which you speak, John and I'm fed up with it. We, as writers, should expect rejection. We, as people, should seek reasons and answers. I've done so with my unfeatured hubs. I live and learn.

There's one particular forum frequenter that thinks she's the end-all-be-all. I'm wondering what her role is with HP. I really wish she'd just shut the blankety-blank up!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2014:

Hi Bobbi, I wish I was brave enough to send a real letter as well. Thanks for sharing this, tweeting and pinning too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2014:

Thank you Jo, glad this didn't disappoint. I hope so too.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2014:

Thank you Beth, I like to think this would be notice by Google and makes a difference. Maybe if it is shared enough it may, anything's possible. Thanks for the vote up.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2014:

Hopefully Google comes across this hub somehow Shauna. There are so many disgruntled writers out there..one particular forum has gone viral and become quite heated. Thanks for reading and your kind words.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2014:

Glad you liked the poem and quotes Nell, thanks for the vote up and share too. Have a great day.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2014:

Hello Ruby, I'm glad you can relate to this in various ways, especially being a. Relative writer and poet yourself. Thanks for the vote up, share and tweet.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2014:

Hi Jo, I am so excited that you approve of this hub. Glad I decided to take this challenge as I feel it turned into quite a valuable hub with a good message. Thank you for your kind words and continued encouragement. Blessings and hugs back at ya.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on December 03, 2014:

Jodah, you have demonstrated your favorite quote very well in your writing attitude and performance. I love poetry but I don't seem to have the language of poetry like you and some of the other HP poets have. I have high regard for you and your work; just wish I could convince Google.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 03, 2014:

Thanks for the kind comment Mary. Yes, it was certainly difficult to choose one out of all those wonderful quotes. Thanks for the vote up. Maybe I'll change my name to Frankenhubber.