A Chance of Rain

“When I was in the hospital they gave me apple juice
every morning, even after I told them
I didn’t like it.  So, I had to get even.
One morning, I poured the apple juice into the specimen tube.
The nurse held it up and said, ‘It’s a little cloudy.’
I took the tube from her and said,
‘Let me run it through again,’ and drank it.
The nurse fainted.”
Alan King

The clouds are high
As my eyes can see
Spanning the width
Of the never ending sea
I can feel the pressure
In every part of me
Pressure building

Waiting for the rain

I don’t need
The weather man
To tell me
About the precipitation
I can feel it and smell it
That’s all I need
Telling each part of me
That it’s cloudy with
A chance of rain
By: J R

Shine On


“When I was nine,
I was diagnosed with
an irregular heartbeat.
I was prescribed beta blockers,
which had the side effect of
turning my skin green.
Looking like Shrek’s little sister
at school wasn’t the easiest thing.”
Jessie J


I cannot have coffee
I cannot have tea
I cannot have soda
Not even sweet chocolate
These treats are deadly to me

I cannot have Rockstar
I cannot have Red Bull
I cannot have Bomba
Not Blast or Full Throtle
Not even an ounce

Why do you ask
Not an ounce of these drinks
Why not even a drop
Because I’d get dizzy and nausea’s
Then would most likely pass out

Oh how awful you say
To be me
And not be allowed to drink
Even green tea
Oh how awful how awful it must be
To be me

It’s not really as bad as you think
I don’t miss the coffee, tea and soda
Or all the power energy drinks
But chocolate I do miss the most
Because chocolate is pure ecstasy

You see, all these drinks and these treats
Were removed from my diet
Not because of taste or bad habits
But because my heart just can’t take it
You see I have a case of tachycardia

Tachycardia is caused
When something disrupts
Normal electrical impulses
Impulses that control the rate
of your heart’s pumping action

So I live without some of
Life’s little pleasures
Many things that can cause
My heart rate to sky-rocket
My heart rate to pitter and patter

By:  J R

Shine On

A Prolific Poet

“Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought
and the thought has found words.”
Robert Frost

Poems from the River

There’s a blogger I’ve been following since I began my blog. He’s one of the first bloggers that found my blog and liked one of my posts.

Ever since that day, I’ve been following him daily. His stories and photographs are an inspiration.

Last week I ordered his book of poetry, Poems from the River, which arrived yesterday. His collection of poems are tender and beautifully written.

If you’re interested in visiting Kurt’s blog and buying his book, please check him out at: Kurt Brindley. I believe Kurt Brindley is and will become quite a prolific poet.

Shine On

Black – Top Hat – Cat

“When I played in the sandbox,
the cat kept covering me up.”
Rodney Dangerfield

black-cat-with a black hat

I once crossed the path of a cat
Who was wearing a black top hat
I asked the black cat
Why he’d wear a top hat
He replied quite composed
He was dressed for a formal affair

I then asked the black cat
What kind of affair
Would a black cat attend
Wearing such a fancy black hat
He replied with great pride a black tie affair
But he hadn’t a black tie to wear

By: J R

Shine On

Children Smashing Puddles

“I’m singing in the rain,
just singing in the rain;
What a wonderful feeling,
I’m happy again.”
Arthur Freed

Children Smashing Puddles

Rain is rare in California
The sky is rarely cloudy
Why is rain so rare in California?
Because of Climate Warming

Before the rain begins to pour
The cumulus clouds appear
Like floating pieces of cotton
Or like rounded white towers of fear

The day after rain is a beautiful sight
The mountains and hills
Are filled with tall green grass
And scattered with small orange poppies

But, the most spectacular sight
I love to see after all the rain
Are all the little children
Smashing little puddles from the rain

By: J R

P.S. Today is Dr. Seuss’s birthday. He would have been 111 years old. I dedicate this poem to my hero, Dr. Seuss.

For the last eighteen years, Dr. Seuss’s birthday has been celebrated with the annual “Read Across America Day”, an event sponsored by the National Education Association in partnership with Dr. Seuss Enterprises. Millions of students participate in one of the nation’s largest reading observance.

Thanks to Dr Seuss, millions of children around the world learned to read and love to write. You can count me as one of his faithful followers even to this day.

Shine On