The Storm

The day started early with the crisp sweet song of birds
And light creeping round the curtain

Another warm day for certain.

The ground was wet from the night rain
And the air was heavy and damp
Then up came the breeze and dried the air around the camp

Throughout the day the clouds rolled by
And the sun continued to brighten the day
But the words of warning were written in the sky

I’m yet to show you my power, later in the day

By late in the afternoon, it’s getting dull
For a sub-tropical storm is pending
We are now awaiting in its lull
With anticipation building

It’s going to be a big one
Just as the day is ending

Suddenly the the sky flashes, magnesium white
Folowed by the crisp clap of thunder
This is the best of nature
We watch with sheer delight
As the clouds keep rolling from asunder

With one brilliant flash after another
Lighting the extremities of the sky
We watch with awe and wonder
As the storm clouds go racing by

Then the rain comes crashing down
Like it’s never going to stop
It gushes across the ground
Then, as quickly as it came, it stops

It has turned the day around

The air is fresh and clean
And a lonely frog begins to croak
Singing louder and louder every minute
Grateful for the thorough soak

The rain has returned
Gentle, unforgiving
The clouds empty their contents
As the sun prepares to throw us back another storm

Sometime soon

But who knows when?

© John Rodriquez


Positive Self-Talk

Just a word from a friend to say….
I hate to see to come apart this way
These things are not here to stay
Because you can send them away!

They visit us every now and then
And take grip if we let them
But the trick is ease them away
Never thinking of letting them stay!

And the way to do this
Is to give them a big kiss
Sayin’ “This ain’t happenin’ to me today…
‘Cause positive self-talk sends it away!”

With a smile on your face
You’re back in the race
And the spring comes back in your walk
The world is yours, with positive self-talk!

So take it and play
Go out and enjoy your day
And use it every which way
And carry that smile every day!

© John Rodriquez


Thank you dad
For being my father
You gave me a start in life
You’ve kept me free from strife

In this busy manly world
Of hustle, bustle and shoving
It’s often very hard to feel comfortable
About expressing father and son loving

It’s something we know is there
But refrain from outwardly expressing
Just how much we really care
And leave each other guessing

Enough of the inward restraint
And the anguish over communication
My time has come to break the mold
And express outwardly, being bold
And tell you loud and clear – I love you dad
Then you know that you’ve been told

Then you don’t ever have to wonder
If you’ve done the right things
Because you’ve always done the very best you can
And that’s the best this world can expect from any man

I’ve always admired your inner strength
And would want no one else to be my dad
You’re free now to release the past
And to continue being the best dad I’ve ever had

I love you dad

© John Rodriquez