The Journal of My Life and Other Verses

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The Journal of My Life

As I write the journal of my life,

Turning pages as they fill,

Tomorrows become yesterdays,

Many goals have been fulfilled.


Some dreams I sadly must postpone,

To realise some future day,

When time and fortune both allow

Not long to wait I pray.


Too soon the book is 2/3 full,

More pages turned than not.

So much I still have left to do,

I dread my future lot.


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More slowly now I turn each page,

Reflecting on the past.

But another day soon slips on by,

Time moves much too fast.


I hope that when this book is full,

And my song has been sung,

Those who stumble upon my words

Be they old or be they young -


Read a book so full of wonder,

Adventure and delight,

Excitement etched on every page -

The journal of my life.


Cahlya
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Cahlya and Radane. Two of our grandchildren.
Cahlya and Radane. Two of our grandchildren. | Source

My Life is a Zoo

It's raining dogs, it's raining cats,

There's a goldfish in my soup.

My living room is full of bats,

And elephants loop the loop.


Parrots and peacocks perch on the roof,

There are porpoises in the pool.

A giraffe stands tall and quite aloof,

And a hyena laughs like a fool.


A crocodile smiles a welcoming grin,

Two buffaloes sit on the car.

A red-spotted bullfrog lives in the bin,

And catfish swim in the spa.


There's a tiger in the bedroom,

A python in the attic,

Monkeys sweep the floor with brooms.

My home life is chaotic.

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Life is Like a Game of Chess

Living has its ups and downs,

Some people acrobats, others clowns.

Each day's a challenge some would say,

Don't let false doubts get in the way.


Be positive in all you do,

Aim for the best, and see it through.

Perseverance breeds success,

Life is like a game of chess.


Be a queen, not just a pawn,

Make sure to sift the wheat from corn.

Always stand up for what is right,

Or you will never sleep at night.

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      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading these, Ryan. Your kind comment is greatly appreciated.

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        Ryan Fuller 

        13 months ago from Louisiana, USA

        Such a great collaboration of works. I really enjoyed the zoo poem. Good rhyme and flow. Good choices of animals too. Great work my friend.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        13 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Shauna. I hadn't given the python in the attic much thought :) He'll be hibernating at the moment during Winter, but come Spring, I am sure he will make his presence known to the occupants.

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        Shauna L Bowling 

        13 months ago from Central Florida

        John, I love The Journal of Your Life. And your Life is a Zoo had me chuckling, especially the goldfish in your soup! I'll bet your grandchildren really get a kick out of that one.

        I wonder if the people who now live in your previous house know about the python in the attic!

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Phyllis.Life is never dull believe me. Yes, it was cool that we had similar idea hub.. Both writing about poetic journals.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Manatita, when I first started at HubPages I wrote collections of poems, but then began just writing one and combining it with an introduction or other text. HP itself , however, recommend combining poems in collections and in my two most recent hubs I have found that this also seems very popular with readers.

        You could be right that they may skip one but there is also more chance of appealingly to everyone as well.

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        Phyllis Doyle Burns 

        14 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

        Delightful poems, John. You have a busy life for sure. I love your zoo! The pics of your granddaughter are lovely. I so enjoyed reading this article. How cool we both wrote a journal in poetic verse.

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        manatita44 

        14 months ago from london

        Yes, yes,

        combining is worthy. I used to do this a long time ago.

        I read all three, naturally, but the danger is that some will skip over what the poet may consider truly important, or give a 'far away' interpretation. More likely to happen to me than you, though. You seem well respected. Have a great weekend.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi, Jo. Thank you for a wonderful comment. Glad you like my poetry. Yes, my life is good. Have a great week with the grandkids.

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        Jo Miller 

        14 months ago from Tennessee

        I love reading your poems, Jodah. They seem to be a reflection of your life--and it seems to be a good life. Even the chaos seems good. We're getting ready for a a visit from grandchildren next week, so we'll be having our own zoo.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hello, Tamara. I am touched by your concern for me after reading the first poem. When I wrote that I was just in one of those melancholy moods I guess. Honestly, I am fine.

        The second one was included to brighten the tone a bit, and the third just some words for people to contemplate. I am glad you enjoyed the images too. I was pleased with them myself :)

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        Tamara Moore 

        14 months ago

        Your first poem was very beautiful, and I felt like crying because it really touched me. I hope you are doing well.

        Your second poem about the animals...WOW!! You have an exciting house!!

        Your third poem- Brilliant!

        Your pictures are clearly lovely, and very richly displayed. Such adorable children!

        And, the deep, royal blue photo with the wizard-man playing chess is extraordinary, like rich velvet.

        You okay?

        Tamara

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Lori. I really appreciate your kind comment. Glad you could relate.

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        Lori Colbo 

        14 months ago from Pacific Northwest

        I love them both. Delightful and I can relate especially relate to the first one. Nice job John.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for such a lovely comment, Randi. Glad you could relate to these poems.

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        Randi Benlulu 

        14 months ago from Mesa, AZ

        What a wonderful collection of poems! I can't but relate to them, especially the second one! I really enjoyed reading these and the picture of your beautiful grandchildren. Thank you for sharing!

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, GalaxyRat. I am glad you enjoyed these poems.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Good to see you Mike. I really appreciate that comment. I guess I should consider another book, though I was disillusioned with the process after my first. It was a lot of work and I sold five copies.

        The problem is that I tend to write in a notebook and transfer directly to HubPages etc. I don't write my poems in Word first. This means I have to go through and copy them all to that first. I know I need to change my writing process and most don't see it as a big deal. I just have to make the time. Thanks for the encouragement.

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        GalaxyRat 

        14 months ago

        Love this! You did awesome with these poems. ;)

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        mckbirdbks 

        14 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello John - You have a gift. Your words bounce from the page and entertain like few others. As you see in the comment section, many agree. Well done. Time for another book publication.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Nithya. Much appreciated.

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        Nithya Venkat 

        14 months ago from Dubai

        Great poems fun to read and each conveying a valuable message. Enjoyed reading.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Flourish. My grandkids are special to me. I like the comparison to Dr Seuss too. Yes, it is amazing how a well-written journal can make us connect with someone else's life, even if we never met them.

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        FlourishAnyway 

        14 months ago from USA

        Your one poem has a Suess-like quality. Those grandchildren are beautiful and I'm sure feel lucky to have you in their lives. I treasure the journal that belonged to my husband's great-grandmother. Even though I never knew her and of course we are not related, I feel a bond with her simply reading those reflections.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Missy. It seems "My Life is a Zoo" is most people's favourite. In fact, most of my kid's poems seem to be popular. Maybe I should start writing children's books.

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        Missy Smith 

        14 months ago from Florida

        These poems were so fun to read, Jodah. You are unique in the stories you write. I think I may have liked "My Life is a Zoo," the best. Such cute photos too. I could see that one becoming a little children's book. :)

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Clive. Will do.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Savvy, thank you for reading and commenting. Yes, my life is blessed. There is a lot of love, just don't get to see the grandkids as much as we would like to. Blessings.

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        Clive Williams 

        14 months ago

        Nice work John, keep em coming

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        MsDora, a hub is not complete without a comment from you. Yes, a journal can tell so much and is a worthwhile endeavour. Thanks for the kind words.

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        Yves 

        14 months ago

        Jodah. I got a kick out if your Zoo poem. So very charming and whimsical. It seems to me that your life is charmed because there is so much love in it. A nice synopsis of a life.

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        Dora Weithers 

        14 months ago from The Caribbean

        The purpose for the journal is worth every minute it takes to write. I'm sure other writers can relate, but not all can summarize the effort in such fine poetry as yours.

        The other poems also carry good messages and I like the Steve Job quote.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha, Genna. The Jodah way is the only one I know :) I am always striving to make my next hub or piece of poetry better than those before. I don't always succeed, but I am honoured that you feel I achieved that here. Thank you.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks so much, whonu. Blessings back to you.

      • Jodah profile imageAUTHOR

        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Devika, thank you for your continued support and kind comment. Glad you liked the title.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for such a wonderful comment, Harish. I couldn't ask for more. I am so pleased that you enjoyed reading all three and got different things from each one.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for such kind words, Venkat. I did enjoy writing this small collection of poems. It is good to hear you found them both entertaining and inspiring. Glad you liked the images too.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Your comments are always most welcome, Eddy. Thank you so much.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for the wonderful "awesome" label, Tim. Much appreciated, and I am glad these poems brightened your day.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha, Bill, I knew you could relate to that poem if anyone could. Having a menagerie certainly makes life interesting.

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        Genna East 

        14 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        John, I think this is some of your best poetry. I agree with Derek: "Happy, loving and fun - yet deep. How can you pack all that in one?" The Jodah way, which is like no other. Blessings, my friend. :-)

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        Devika Primić 

        14 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        Great interest of life. I like the title!

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        whonunuwho 

        14 months ago from United States

        Very enlightening and a fine message to share my friend. Blessings to you on this fine evening. whonu

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        Harish Mamgain 

        14 months ago from New Delhi , India

        John, this hub is so fantastic and all three poems are remarkable.

        In the morning, I was looking at my late Grandma 's portrait. Many thoughts were hovering over my mind. The first poem in this hub resonated my thoughts. You are right, we should make all out efforts to realize our goals.

        The second poem is so lovely. While reading it , I felt like a little kid. Oh, thinking about the childhood is now like a paradise lost.The last poem is a lovely piece of inspiration.

        A fantastic hub indeed, enjoyed it much. Thanks for sharing it.

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        Venkatachari M 

        14 months ago from Hyderabad, India

        A good wonderful entertainment, John! You have done it so amazingly. All the three sections of it are great. There is both entertainment and a good inspirational message on life. I enjoyed the Zoo one much smilingly. The quote from Steve Jobs is an inspiring one. The images of your grandchildren and that of your own colorful one are very nice.

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        Eiddwen 

        14 months ago from Wales

        Absolutely loved this gem John especially your zoo of life. Great work.

        Eddy.

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        Tim Mitchell 

        14 months ago from Escondido, CA

        Awesome! Wondrous wit and verse bringing to me a much needed grin growing from ear to ear reading of a zoo. And, arriving with encouragement to pursue the day further with vigor.

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        Bill Holland 

        14 months ago from Olympia, WA

        I loved all three. I could relate most to "My Life is a Zoo"....seems like that most days, and I wouldn't have it any other way. :)

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks for reading, Mark, and thanks for your question. I have been considering writing a journal or memoir of my life, so this is hypothetical if you like. Seeing that the journal (life) is closer to the end than one would like "I dread my future lot" in that I may not have enough time left to do everything I want to achieve and may have to deal with the difficulties of aging.

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        Mark Tulin 

        14 months ago from Santa Barbara, California

        I love your idea of a journal of your life. I would have liked to know who it was that was writing the journal instead of alluding to things or keeping it vague. For instance, "dreading my future lot." I wanted to know what that meant. I do like how you challenge yourself to write on various topics.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Manatita, it is comments like this that makes writing such a worthwhile endeavour. I always hope that my writing effects the reader in a good way and that at least a few of my words stay with them afterwards. I didn't think the second poem would stand on its own so I decided to combine it with others.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for that generous comment, ThreeKeys. We need to let the child inside us free now and then and take back a moment of innocence in this oh too serious world. A memoir? Well, let's say I am contemplating it. Glad I coaxed your little inner girl out.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        What can I say, Eric. I just write what pops into my head. Sometimes it has a deeper message, other times it is just to bring a little fun into this world of ours. I hope you both have fun in my zoo.

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        manatita44 

        14 months ago from london

        Your quote reminds me of one of my Guru's. I don't remember it, but the message is similar. So beautiful!!

        Your second poem is lovely! Truly childlike and innocent. So charming! The crocodile line is quite cleverly done. A real beauty for children. (not the crocodile)

        The first poem's journal reminds me of Rasma's pendulum. A Superb piece! Your uplifting message in the last poem, are related in spirit. Another exquisite piece. Well done, Bro.

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        Eric Dierker 

        14 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        Are you kidding me?! I just fell into a state of bliss reading this. Happy, loving and fun - yet deep. How can you pack all that in one?

        And you know my son and I will read about your zoo together and have a marvelous time.

        John this one here is a real gift, thanks.

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        John Hansen 

        14 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for stopping by, Demas. Glad you enjoyed.

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        Threekeys 

        14 months ago

        My Life is A Zoo poem brings my little inner girl alive. Fun and just gorgeous.

        To me, Jodah, you have a gift to either bring fun to us too serious adults and/or keep the joy wheels turning over for the little ones.

        So..you are getting to write a memoir?

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        Perspycacious 

        14 months ago

        A fun excursion. I enjoyed visiting your zoo, and turning pages with you.

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