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It's going to rain today!
by D L Johnson
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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It’s going to Rain Today!
© 2008
Dan Johnson

These folks live in a city called Reality and every day
they know, it’s going to rain down on their souls.

“It’s going to rain, today,” said the blind man,
sitting and begging, on the corners of Board and Bland.
Smiling as he sits, holding a tin cup in his hand.

It rained the day a bomb took his sight, silly fool, he
thought the government would help him in his plight,
And now it rains every day, every day of his life.

“It’s going to rain, today,” said the man on the busy street.
He held a sign that said, “I’ll work for food” and he would,
If he could, but he has no legs, so there he sits at
the corner and daily begs.

It rained the day he lost his job to a place over seas, so
there you go…no job, no insurance to help with his disease
called di-a-be-tes,
And now it rains every day, every day of his life.

“It’s going to rain today,” said the mama to her three babies,
huddled in the back seat of her car. Gas is now $4 gallon,
Food or gas, gas or food, how she hates to sound so blue,
so she and her babies wait, hope and pray.

It rained the day her husband died in a place called Iraq
Sad it was when he came home lying on his back, never
more to play with his babies, make love to his wife and have a
little fun.
And now it rains every day, every day of her life.

Dan Johnson
© 2008

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Reviewed by Bernice Lakota 6/21/2008
Powerful and emotional write.....truely touching!
Reviewed by Founding Editor 5/26/2008
I enjoyed the read.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 5/25/2008
Merci Monsieur mon ami... ...,love and peace,

Reviewed by Jon Willey 5/25/2008
Outstanding tribute to our vets and the meaning of Memorial Day. JMW
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green 5/25/2008
B r i l l i a n t !
Reviewed by Joyce Bowling 5/24/2008
Wow! An exceptional write my friend, very powerful and moving, sad as well...but reality indeed! The final lines linger on one's thoughts the vision of a widowed young mother who has to explain to her children why their father will not be home to play, watch their ballgames, eat dinner with them and thoughts of her trying to hold it all together and start a new life while reliving the pain of her loss. Powerful indeed, the imagery is outstanding...thought provoking...
Joyce B.
Reviewed by Theresa Koch 5/23/2008
Exceptional and emotional~`*
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader) 5/23/2008
Great writing dear man,as always well done..stay safe and well...Hugsssss
Reviewed by Rose Rideout 5/23/2008
Dan your words are making it rain in my heart for these people for so many have nothing to look forward to each and everyday and we should be ashamed to complain about the petty things in life. Thank you for sharing.

Newfie Hugs, Rose
Reviewed by Mr. Ed 5/23/2008
These folks live in a city called Reality and every day

they know, itís going to rain down on their souls.

And wouldn't it be nice if our so called 'leaders' today had to live in this place called Reality. They might actually decide to help change things for the better.

I really had to laugh when I watched our so called leaders recently drag in the oil executives for a 'public chewing out.' They made $126 Billion in profit last year, and they receive $18 Billion in Tax Subsidies given to them by these 'leaders.' So what do our leaders do? They say 'Shame on You' for the cameras, and nothing will change. When gas hits $5.00 a gallon, they'll probably call them in again for another wonderful 'chewing out.'
Reviewed by Georg Mateos 5/23/2008
Man, those soldiers never, ever, deserved the "Commander in Chief" they got, they went to war as US soldiers equiped with a complete Amish kind of equipment.

Reviewed by Karen Palumbo 5/22/2008
And the rain just keeps coming doesn't it? Very emotion.....

Be always safe,
Reviewed by xxxxxxx cccccc 5/22/2008
Building, intriguing, pouring emotion, pulling emotion, and ends well by not ending so well.
Reviewed by Myrna Badgerow 5/22/2008
And why is it for some it pours and others get barely a drizzle.. piercing piece my friend...

Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner 5/22/2008

Reality - painfully penned, hits waaaaay too close to home - well done.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla. :(
Reviewed by Barbara Smith 5/22/2008
Dan, your poem captures many truths of the realities we live in everyday. Your visual images and voice brings this to a reality. I loved the way you expressed yourself in this writing. I'd say this is a winner!
Reviewed by Gene Williamson 5/22/2008
What you say, Dan, is all too true.
The way you say takes a special talent.
Wonderfully done. - Gene.
Reviewed by E T Waldron 5/22/2008
You paint a picture of reality, and we can't argue with that! Excellent write Dan!...ET
Reviewed by Jeanette Cooper 5/22/2008
Your poem paints a strong, excellent picture of what its like for the needy among us. We live in our safe little lives and cannot even begin to imagine the pain and suffering going on all around us. Your poem is a great reminder to us all.
Reviewed by George Thompson 5/22/2008
So true and sad. Good write.

Reviewed by Lois Christensen 5/22/2008
Into all of our lives, some rain must fall. How you handle your rainy times is indeed the question as to whether you will survive and go on to sunnier days.
Reviewed by Debby Rosenberg 5/22/2008
these characters are all amazing spirits, they have chosen life experiences more drastic than those of those in middle class lives, remember them with compassion and know they are not victums, but creators of amazing soul expansion! For a soul that can find wholeness and higher consciousness from the depths of these dispairs, is indeed an advanced being...
Reviewed by Ed Matlack 5/22/2008
Too sad...ed

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