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#81198 - 03/16/03 10:51 AM I'd rather have sunshine
michael Joseph Offline
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I would rather have sunshine!

The sun feels good warming up this earth
and helping to sustain life as we know it.

The earth needs the rain to water itself
and bring beautiful things to life.

I need different feelings like the weather.
The rain is like the tears running down my face.

Like the sun, I radiate sunshine when ever it was possible. I would love to share my feelings with those around me.

In the end I will take all different kinds of weather, and accept my feelings at the same time.

MJ

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#81199 - 04/03/03 08:34 PM Re: I'd rather have sunshine
michael Joseph Offline
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I will take each day as it comes.

I will celebrate making it through the day.

I will remeber who my friends are and not forget them.

I will share joy and happiness when I am able.

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#81200 - 08/06/03 03:08 PM Re: I'd rather have sunshine
michael Joseph Offline
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Tears like raindrops

tears like raindrops
fill my face
memories of unspeakable
acts done to me

the pleasent times
are lost among the
thorns and prickers
that poke and scrape me

Tears fill my face
like raindrops
as they fall in
the here and now

a place I rarely
stayed, but now
it is safe enough
to wonder freely

Tears like raindrops
dried on my face
as I look out my
window and see today

M. Joseph

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#81201 - 08/07/03 08:57 AM Re: I'd rather have sunshine
PeteT Offline
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Registered: 03/03/03
Posts: 28
Loc: Michigan
Micheal Joseph,
Here's my interpretation, let me know if I am right.
Raindrops are needed to make living things grow, with out them everything just dies. On top of thorns and prickers a lovely flower blooms. What is important is the present, being free of the drought we once had. Letting our tears cleanse our souls so we can take control of our own destiny today and in the future.
What a beautiful poem Micheal. Thank you for lifting my spirit up.

Your Friend,
Pete

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#81202 - 08/07/03 11:27 PM Re: I'd rather have sunshine
martin Offline
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Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 229
Loc: The Good Earth
MJ,

You have such love and compassion in you. And hope for making such loveliness from such pain.

Thank you for being here!

Aaron

You win!

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Its times like these we give & give again,
Its times like these we learn to love again,
Its times like these time & time again.
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#81203 - 08/07/03 11:37 PM Re: I'd rather have sunshine
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Pete you lifted my spirits with your interpretation. Thanks for your words.
You are a true friend, I have never had
such a friend. You make me feel good
just being around you.

Normally I feel like I don't belong.
Or that I have to keep things inside
so other don't worry.

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#81204 - 08/08/03 05:16 AM Re: I'd rather have sunshine
michael Joseph Offline
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THanks Martin,

I have always had the gift for writing poems.

I don't know why, I just do.

\:\)

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#81205 - 08/21/03 07:08 PM Re: I'd rather have sunshine
Lloydy Offline
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Registered: 04/17/02
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Loc: England Shropshire
Michael
It's a wonderful gift, and it's about time you gathered them all together and got the published in a book.

Your words are so moving, and they really do speak on behalf of all survivors.

Dave

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#81206 - 08/21/03 10:31 PM Re: I'd rather have sunshine
The Dean Offline
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Registered: 07/15/02
Posts: 2080
Loc: Milwaukee, WI
Michael, this poem about raindrops is such a beautiful piece of poetry. It seems to me that this is the first time I have heard you speak of staying in the present and feeling safe there.

The past is a huge burden to us. We have to acknowledge it. But it is really wonderful to realise that it is the past, and that today can be really a good day.

I sure hope that you are feeling some joy. AS you get back to teaching, I hope you still have time to have some fun, to enjoy today and enjoy that you are such an important part of your students lives. That always makes teachers feel joy.

Bob

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#81207 - 08/23/03 11:15 AM Re: I'd rather have sunshine
michael Joseph Offline
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Registered: 03/11/01
Posts: 2719
Loc: Virginia
thanks bob,

to be present is my goal, more happiness too.
things are going my way more and more.
my meds were changed around and I feel better

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