Grey Skies or Blue? - a Poem

Updated on April 4, 2018
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John has been writing poetry since his school days. He was awarded "Poet of the Year 2014" Hubby Awards and has had two poems become songs.

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Grey Skies or Blue?

The sky is overcast and grey,

How will that affect my day?

Some say it makes their mood turn blue,

But for me, that isn't true.


Cloudy weather has its charm,

It relaxes me and keeps me calm.

Rainy days just can't be beat,

Welcome respites from the heat.


It's easier to get things done

When you aren't scorched by the blazing sun.

And even if you're stuck indoors,

That suits my work, maybe not yours.


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Most love the summer's blue sky days,

Trips to the beach, fun in the waves.

Barbecues and outdoor sport,

Activities that life has taught.


For me, dull days and cloudy skies

Expose traits people try to hide.

They blame the weather for their ire,

Depression, anger, being tired.


But, no matter if it's grey or blue,

How you act is up to you.

Put a smile upon your face,

Treat people well, and act with grace.

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        John Hansen 6 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Lawrence. Yes, I can imagine that being the case in England. Thanks for reading and glad you enjoyed this poem.

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        Lawrence Hebb 6 weeks ago from Hamilton, New Zealand

        John

        Back in England we didn't talk so much about sunny days so much, more like "the day it didn't rain!"

        Loved this poem

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Haha Larry. Keep shining.

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        Larry Rankin 2 months ago from Oklahoma

        Nothing but blue skies smiling at me.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Verlie, thanks for returning to add to your previous comment. Much appreciated.

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        Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

        Oh yeah John (sorry). I forgot to tell you I enjoyed the whole page, and photos (nice backyard retreat with the porch, perfect for a rainy day).

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks for reading Verlie. Yes, we are certainly affected by the different weather conditions, especially when they are extreme. We just have to control how we deal with it and don't take it out on others.

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        Verlie Burroughs 2 months ago from Canada

        Hi Jodah, I'm so affected by the weather, sometimes a rainy day is a gift for all the reasons you spell out so emphatically. But weather definitely affects a barometer in people, winter especially takes its toll. All Springy here now, I'm enjoying the lighter days. Cheers, and thanks.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you bro. I always appreciate your comments and encouragement.

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        manatita44 2 months ago from london

        Beautiful rhyming poetry with excellent inspirations! Well done!

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Mom's the word! Paula......want me to delete your last post :)?

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        Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Well Jodah....My DAD was around for the Big Band era of music, so I heard it all....all the time. Talk about feeling OLD! I was born in 48...so I only got to appreciate the '40's music when I was finally old enough to appreciate it. JEESH! I wasn't "actually around" in the '40's...LOL!! in fact...in 2 days I shall be 70...and if you tell another living soul, you and I are through!! LOL

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Paula, I wasn't around in the 40s lol....but I heard slightly more recent cover versions of it haha. That's my excuse and I am sticking to it.You're only as old as you feel too :)

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        Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Jodah.....You just gave away your age, old buddy! LOL I didn't even expect you to know the song! It's a '40's classic! We're old, Jodah!

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Audrey, thanks for your kind comment. I love both Spring and Autumn most....but I always look forward to a shower of rain whatever the season.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Paula, believe it or not, "Blue Skies" was the song I almost chose for this poem....the Wendy Matthews version. I love that song too. Glad this brought back pleasant memories for you.

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        Paula 2 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

        Jodah....Thank you for this lovely poem that has taken me down memory lane. My precious Dad, with his 3 brothers sang acapella harmony and one of their best songs was "Blue Skies." My sister and I loved it and sang along. "Blue skies, nothin but blue skies, nothin but blue skies, do I see." Blue days, all of them gone, nothing but blue skies, from now on. Noticing the days, hurrying by, when you're in love, my my how they fly." ...............Love it. Paula

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        Audrey Hunt 2 months ago from Idyllwild Ca.

        Perception and attitude determine our outlook whether it's spring or the dead cold of winter. However, I love springtime, even when I suffer so with allergies. Beautiful poem John

        Thank you

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I agree with you Genna, Spring and Fall are also my favourite seasons. Thanks for the great comment and the interesting trivia in regards to Robert Redford's opinion of the song "Raindrops Keep Fallin on My Head." I didn't know that.

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        Genna East 2 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

        Summer isn't my favorite season...I love spring and fall with the equinox of change, and all the possibilities it holds.

        "But, no matter if it's grey or blue,

        How you act is up to you.

        Put a smile upon your face,

        Treat people well, and act with grace."

        Beautifully said. :-) And the "Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head" is perfect. By the way, Robert Redford hated the song at first, but later thought it worked very well with the film.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading and glad you enjoyed the poem, StricktlyDating

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        StricktlyDating 2 months ago from Australia

        A really enjoyable poem!

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Rasma. Glad you enjoyed this poem and also Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. A classic.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks MsDora. We can't control the weather but we can control our emotions. Yes, a great time to enjoy being home is when it is raining.

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        Gypsy Rose Lee 2 months ago from Riga, Latvia

        Wonderful your poetry put a smile on my face and love that song.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Devika. Glad you like the warm weather, and this poem making you smile.

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        Dora Weithers 2 months ago from The Caribbean

        Great message. The weather is outside us; the control within us should not be affected. That said, I'm happiest when it's raining and I am at home.

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        Devika Primić 2 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

        In Croatia weather is getting warmer. I prefer the slightly warmer temperatures. Too much of bad weather is depressing for many and that is my reason to be happy and not to focus on the bad weather. The long winters can make one feel sad. Your poem made me smile!

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Nithya. So glad you enjoy my poems and the message here.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Glenis, I can understand how you may get sick of constant rain there in England, but just think of how the plants must be loving it..as long as it is followed by some days of sunshine eventually. Keep your chin up.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, whonu. Yes, we need reminders now and then.

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        Nithya Venkat 2 months ago from Dubai

        Nice poem with a valuable message. I enjoy reading your poems, thank you for sharing.

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        GlenR 2 months ago from UK

        Mmm. As you might have heard, the weather has always been a major conversational topic here in England. It’s been raining for days. Trying to be cheerful but it’s pretty depressing weather for a nation of gardeners. Your poem brought a smile to my face though.

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        whonunuwho 2 months ago from United States

        Nice reminder in this poem my friend. Many blessings to you and yours. whonu

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Elijah, I greatly appreciate you taking the time to read this and comment. I too am an old fashioned lover of rhyme and that is what you get from me most of the time.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, that Si so true Michael. You expressed it very well. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Yes, you are exactly right Flourish. Rainy days don't give us an excuse to be cranky, but do give us one to be lazy and watch movies, nap etc. thanks for the welcome back.

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        FlourishAnyway 2 months ago from USA

        There’s nothing that beats a rainy day for a good long nap or a bunch of Netflix movies. Glad you are back!

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Mike. Yes, my contributions decreased here for too long. I hope to stay back on track. Thanks for your encouragement always.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        MizB, well you are in the right place for a rain lover. Glad I echoed your sentiments. Thanks for reading.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hey Linda(Sunshine), why does it not surprise me that you are a sunshine person :)? Thank you for reading and enjoying.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I am glad this brightened your day, Linda. My point exactly...don't let the weather give you licence to be gloomy.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks, Ruby, glad you liked my rhyme. You are in the majority, loving the sunshine.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Hi Li-Jen. Thank you for reading and confirming my message here. Your comment is much appreciated.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Harish, isn't the weather amazing, rain, sunshine, or cloudy skies? Yes thunder and lightning are God's true spectacles. Glad you enjoyed this.

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        Michael Milec 2 months ago

        You made it easy John, agreeable and appreciated. The weather condition as every single day is a "gift" from above,I welcome it calmly, choosing to be happy despite the prevailing circumstances, knowing there is always a sunshine above the clouds. (There above the stars, in the heaven my Father dwells...)

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        mckbirdbks 2 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

        Hello John - Glad to see you here in the halls of HP on a regular basis again. Poetry is certainly strong in your writing arsenal.

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        Doris James-MizBejabbers 2 months ago

        My sentiments exactly, John, and you expressed it beautifully. I love a rainy day, and it's a good thing because we get nearly 50 inches of rainfall in an average year.

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        Linda Bilyeu 2 months ago from Orlando, FL

        Awesome poem!! I need sunshine to thrive so it’s blue skies for me.

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        Linda Lum 2 months ago from Washington State, USA

        John, what a wonderful reminder that the grey skies don't give us license to be sour. You are as gleeful or gloomy as you choose to be. Your poetry flows so effortlessly. Thank you for brightening my cloudy day.

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        Elijah A Alexander Jr 2 months ago from Washington DC

        I rather enjoyed "Grey Skies or Blue," I am as you are, accepting of whatever weather avails us. Especially since I have over commonly dependence, attachments and rejections I merely find something to occupy me and go on.

        I also appreciate your phrasing of it especially since I'm an old fashioned lover of rhyming verse. I enjoyed the reading.

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        Ruby Jean Richert 2 months ago from Southern Illinois

        I love your rhyme, it flows so easily..Give me sunshine and I'm a happy camper...

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        haha, Eric, thank you...but I don't. I hope to keep improving for awhile yet. Turn Turn Turn terrific song.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you, Clive. :)

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you for reading Mary. Yes, grey skies reveal a lot.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you Ann, yes rain is a big deal to us here in Australia. I can see how it may be different for you in the UK. But yeah, we need all kinds of weather.

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        Li-Jen Hew 2 months ago

        John, cool point! People reveal their true colours on ”dull days and cloudy skies”. Nice poem. :) Thanks for sharing! :)

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Shannon, once again I am amazed by your comment, as I was with Frank's. I admit I do often think in rhyme so it usually flows easily. Thank you so much.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        I don't know what to say in reply to that comment, Frank. I am humbled, thank you.

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        Harish Mamgain 2 months ago from New Delhi , India

        The sky never lets you down , be it whatever weather ... it's there to enchant you. John, I too love cloudy sky, dark clouds moving rapidly amid thundering of the lightening. I lenjoyed reading this beautiful poem.

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        Bill Holland 2 months ago from Olympia, WA

        The weather never bores me...always entertains me...I'm in your camp on this one.

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        Mary Norton 2 months ago from Ontario, Canada

        Great reminder especially when Spring has not yet come to our part of the world. But as you say, grey skies tell us more.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thanks for the kind words Venkat. Yes, the physical effects can be a different story entirely.

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        Eric Dierker 2 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

        John, just another home run. You must get tired of being so good in your art and heart.

        I love the weather, whether it be pounding rain or scorching hot.

        I always sing Turn, Turn, Turn and remind myself of my friend Paul in Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 for there truly is a season.

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        Clive Williams 2 months ago from Jamaica

        Nice Poem JoJo

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        Ann Carr 2 months ago from SW England

        Great poem, John! I agree with your sentiments regarding the weather. There is charm or excitement in most kinds, even the dangerous ones!

        I can appreciate that the rain is more welcome in Australia than it is here, though we all need refreshing rain to help things grow.

        I used to love just standing in the rain when I was a kid; perhaps I should do that more often!

        Ann

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        shanmarie 2 months ago

        I agree with Frank in saying your poetry is superb. I've never been disappointed by anything of yours I've read. And your subject range is astounding. You must be like all rapper who can have a rap battle. You can have a rhyme battle with poetry on paper and win.

        As for this particular subject, I love the rain, too. Well.... Except for the mud it tracks through my home. I could do without that mess to clean up!

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        Frank Atanacio 2 months ago from Shelton

        I loved this poem.. you know Jodah of all the people I met on here, from MsBrooks, Audrey and Momssecret, smilealot, ValleyPoet et al every good poet.. I thought was my favorite... just pales in comparison to your poetry writing.. I feel so confident in saying this that I know that they will agree... You are today's Frost, Poe, Yeats, Blake, Shelly, should I go on? Just continue to write them...

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        Venkatachari M 2 months ago from Hyderabad, India

        A nice message through your poetry. I love the way you conveyed it, John.

        I share your attitude. The seasonal changes do not discourage or affect my moods. Only physically they may trouble me, but not otherwise.

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        John Hansen 2 months ago from Queensland Australia

        Thank you being quick off the mark and first to read this Nikki. You are spot on with your observations and yes, "keeping ourselves happy and occupied with optimism" is the secret.

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        Nikki Khan 2 months ago from London

        I loved it John, you’re right here in depicting our inner mood to blame weather.No matter what season it is, happiness and joy lies inside us, if we’re happy then season seems excellent too but if we’re sad then nothing can change it.

        But lesson is to keep ourselves happy and occupied with optimism.

        Thanks for sharing your wonderful thoughts with us.

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