Gray Rainy Days

Gray rainy days
Why we need inner sunshine
Why we need inner focus
Bringing light to the world

We fret too much, this and that
Making unnecessary choices
After all, we’re here
It’s always now, never sooner or later

Bright pink azalea blossoms in sunlight
They’re possible any day
Come rain or shine
Always inside us, waiting

Outside my window—
A determined blue jay
Squawking about this and that
I laugh; that’s me

The rain subsides
Giving way to stillness
Even that nature provides
It’s ours, if we stop our squawking

Then there are the clouds
Hiding the sun
So nature’s tears can soak deep
Into the thirsty earth

Gray rainy days
Reminding us, listen, hear
The rain singing on the roof
Reminding us, bring our light to the world

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About Don Iannone

Don Iannone is a poet, writer, teacher and photographer who lives in the Greater Cleveland area. He has worked in the economic development field for over 35 years. Don is the author of three poetry books and five photography books. He is working on a short book of photographs and poems about human trafficking. This work was exhibited at six venues in Ohio. Don holds an M.A. degree in Art and Consciousness Studies from the University of Philosophical Research in Los Angeles, where he teaches writing. His educational background also includes studies in Anthropology, Photography, Organizational Behavior, and Economic Development. Don’s website: Wisdom Work Press:

7 thoughts on “Gray Rainy Days

  1. Creation of a cure
    Relative to
    A choice to endure

    We all have such potion
    To ease
    The pain in emotion

    Relative to
    Our cures conception

  2. Have I missed a lot …Wow so peaceful as I read your Im in mid of heat of Middle East ..I feel your rain soaking me with rain, earth and peace

    Thank you

  3. Don, I really dig your poetry. I am a poet myself who has been word pressing in chaotic soul for about as long as you have. I really identify with blue jays. I see them and feel like they are my good spirit guiding me in a sense, its very complicated. I have written about it on a few occasions if you poke around my web site. I would like to have some more correspondence while I enjoy your work I hope you also enjoy my own. Hope to hear from you. Never stop writing. It’s all we have on those gray rainy day’s.

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