Alan .S. Jeeves

Take the Sunshine, Leave the Rain

If I could take my time again

A different thing I'd do;

I'd take the comfort, leave the pain.

Take the sunshine, leave the rain,

If only I could start anew.


If I could be another's son

A different path I'd choose;

I'd walk along, I wouldn't run,

I'd leave the sorrow, take the fun,

If only I could re-infuse.


If I could start another hour

A different way I'd go;

I'd take the sweetness, leave the sour,

Take the jolly, leave the dour,

If only I could make it so.


If I could live another day

I'd tread a different lane;

I'd leave the turmoil, take the calm,

Leave the coarseness, take the charm,

If I could take my time again...

I'd take the sunshine, leave the rain.







  • orchidee

    A fine write Alan. Doh! At present we'll have to take the rain! Will you get your coat, as they say, and brolly too?!

    • Alan .S. Jeeves

      Thanks for your words orchi. At my age I'll take what I can get. At the moment here in Yorkshire the sun is shining brilliantly ~ though we'll pay for it later, we always do.

      Stay dry... Alan

    • FredPeyer

      Great poem Alan,
      hindsight is twenty-twenty. But a little rain is like the salt in the soup. After over 30 years living in Hawaii, I do crave a little bit of snow once in a while! :-)

      • Alan .S. Jeeves

        Hello Fred. Thanks for visiting. Come over here to Yorkshire, England in a couple of months and you won't be in love with snow for long. I guess that you are familiar with the Bronte sisters' work.
        They lived on the other side of the moor to me (at Haworth).

        Kind regards, Alan

        • FredPeyer

          Of course, who doesn't know "Wuthering Heights" by Emily. You live in fertile poetry land!

        • Clara

          Hi, don't we all wish we could choose differently sometimes. But, at the risk of sounding incredibly cheesy, isn't life a roller-coaster. We take the ups and the downs, the good and the bad. Indeed, my dear friends on this very site often remind of this fact. And so, I must remind you, the rain is beautiful too. Wonderful wistful poem! A joy to read.

          • Alan .S. Jeeves

            Thank you Clara. I wrote this thing in 1996. And now in 2019 I guess I wouldn't change a thing in my life. I think most of my poems are true experiences ~ I don't know why I wrote this one then. Of course the real truth is we all need someone like you to remind us that we just need to get back on track. Please visit any time with your kind words and don't forget to tell me when I'm wrong. It's important, you know.

            Kind regards, Alan

          • Goldfinch60

            If we didn't have the bad things in our lives we would not appreciate the good, those bad things give us the experience to move on.

            "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain"


            • Alan .S. Jeeves

              Hello Andy, good to see you. It's raining here in Yorkshire at the moment but still a very nice place to be. It is wonderful EVEN when the sun is shining. The rain against my window is like music to my ears ~ 'laughter in the rain' so said Niel Sedaka.

              Ex animo, Alan

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