On porches bathed in brilliant sun
enduring friendships are begun
as neighbors air their hurts and joys
and children learn to share their toys.
On moonlit porches, arm in arm,
sweethearts display romantic charm.
The night was made for them, it seems.
Love fills the air and starlight gleams.
On crowded porches trips are planned
by those who dream of surf and sand
or snow-capped mountains far away.
They'll have their respite, come what may.
On countless porches you will find
retirees resting weary minds.
They've other things than work to tend;
they're waiting for their second wind.
Old porches now in disrepair
attached to homes bereft and bare
still echo with the lives of those
who have gone on to sweet repose.
© by Janice Canerdy.
Used here with the author's permission.
Janice Canerdy is a retired high-school English teacher from Potts Camp, Mississippi. She has been writing poetry since childhood and has had poems published in many magazines and anthologies. Janice's book, Expressions of Faith (Christian Faith Publishing), was published in 2016. Very involved in church life and family life, she retired early to take care of her grandchildren, who fill her life with purpose and joy. They also inspire her to write.
Reminds me of Ted Koosers House Held Up By Trees.
Posted 08/25/2023 04:51 PM
Great ode to porches. Especially like the ending.
Posted 08/25/2023 04:22 PM
Porches invite conversation
Posted 08/25/2023 12:46 PM
I love the rhyme flexibility!
Posted 08/25/2023 10:11 AM
Very nice. Seems more inviting than the front steps where neighbors would stop by to chat, mainly on summer evenings.
Posted 08/25/2023 09:07 AM
I wouldn't want to live without air conditioning or TV, but they are not unmixed blessings. I remember those summer evenings on the porch when I was a child, the neighbors coming by, etc. Thank you for this poem that brought back beautiful memories.
Posted 08/25/2023 09:04 AM
I believe that if more homes had porches, we would all have more friends.
Posted 08/25/2023 08:39 AM
It all comes down to the final verse, doesn't it?
Posted 08/25/2023 08:06 AM