Warmth (of Human Kindness)

One brutally cold evening, a man sought shelter from a storm, he stumbled to a cabin with a fire raging safe and warm

The owner was there to greet him, said “Son come on in, what were you doing out there in that bitter Winter wind?”

He said “I was out running errands and somehow I lost my way, thank you for letting me stay here, I think I’ll be okay”

The cabin owner smiled, said “it’s been a while anyway, since I’ve had visitors, so I’m glad for the company ” as he cooked a burger for the man, and they sat down to feast.

By: J.N.R Dutton

A Poet’s Story

My heart broke as I listened to Chuck’s story

His childhood with his father was the stuff of tragedies

He recounted being beaten frequently, often over the smallest of things

It made him a hard man he admitted honestly, but later in life he’d bleed all that residual pain into poetry

Seems that was the best way he knew to set it free

By: J.N.R Dutton

Inspired by a fellow poet’s biography


Slaid has got a million cowboy stories he could tell, he was once a wild rodeo man, had a reputation (sometimes) for doing it well

He made several friends on the circuit through the years, he’s broken several bones, his heart, and shed a lot of tears

He’s seen several of his buddies as they were carried away after a bad ride, as they gather these days to reunite they say “it’s a wonder we’re alive”

By: J.N.R Dutton

Wonderful Things

Heard a man named Jimmie singing about down home, I can’t explain adequately what it did to me,

but I’ll do my best, yeah I’ll sure try at least….

It touched my heart, pulled at those strings and brought back a thousand beautiful memories of the Love nurtured in that place and it brought a sun-glow smile to my face, that’s just a few of the wonderful things

By: J.N.R Dutton

Let The Right One In

She said “My sweetest friend, hold me close while my heart is on the mend” He just smiled, and said “I will, you can count on me to the end”

That’s when she finally saw him, for who he really is, much more than a friend, and she leaned in for a kiss.

She said “For years I chased so many Mr. Wrongs, when you, Mr. Right were in front of me all along…forgive me, I’m so sorry that I couldn’t see”

By: J.N.R Dutton

For Another Set of Rhymes

Tonight I’m jamming to music, some classics, and some fresh sounds I’d never heard, soaking up the melodies, taking in every heartfelt word

From songs about new fatherhood, and songs about new Love, songs about the roughest heartbreaks and having the strength to overcome and so many others that I’d Love to tell you of …

As the singers tell their stories, one verse at a time, I’m sitting here letting my heart feel and find inspiration for another set of rhymes

By: J.N.R Dutton

The Strength of a King

As his airplane takes off, Monty looks out the window, down at the hometown he’s leaving behind, excited for all the new adventures he’ll find

He’s also letting go
of a lot of painful memories
Years of nightmarish abuse
and vicious bullying
He’s off to follow his dreams,
Focused on his future,
nurturing better things

What couldn’t break him
gave him the courage he’d need,
Those who tried to make him a victim
Gave him the strength of a king

By: J.N.R Dutton

“Live Your Story” Alternate Title: Broken Star

Old T.M., all dressed in black,

w/his old guitar & a derby hat

he looked rough & ragged, that’s a fact

& his voice sounded more than a little cracked

but he lifted up his voice to sing

to all the souls who’d hear it ring

to let them know there were no limits

to how big they could dream

He said:

“You know, I’ve been where some of you are, been a little frazzled, got some battle scars, but all in all, I’m alright, I’ve never lost my will to fight, I may be a broken star, but haven’t lost my shine, go live your story like I have mine”

By: J.N.R Dutton