In early grade school I remember

having a school assembly

Where my class was informed

we lost a kid named Anthony

All these years later,

I don’t know why it stuck w/me

Except it was one of my earliest

experiences of tragedy

I never got to meet him, thinking back I wish I did

they say he jumped or fell from a railroad bridge,

There were rumors of intentional suicide,

but if so, I’ve got to wonder, what could drive a kid?

By:J.N.R Dutton

Courage & Strength

I heard a song today that shook me to my heart & soul

The singer was a man dealing w/loss

though I could sense his heart break

& it seemed like more than he could take

He still held tightly to his faith,

I’ve got to say, I could totally relate

It stuns, when a song hits you

in a deeply personal way

I’m glad he had the courage & strength

Even in the midst of his pain

To put the song’s words to the page

I sincerely think that through it

Lives will be changed

By:J.N.R Dutton

Indelible Impressions

1977, a plane was going down, 

Headed like a wrecking ball

for the Mississippi ground

Several musicians in their prime 

Doing everything they could to get out of it alive

I wasn’t even born yet,

but I’ve heard about it enough times

Things like that tend to haunt the mind,

I found it absolutely terrifying

It is one of the prime reasons for my own fear of flying

By:J.N.R Dutton









Chris Farley

Chris Farley was a comedic Master

He could make people howl w/laughter

Many knew him on stage as the clown

and the wild man about town

but he never could quite beat his demons

Gluttony and drugs were his biggest weakness’

The end result was tragedy, his is a cautionary tale

for you & me, by the age of thirty three

He went on to eternity

By: J.N.R Dutton





She grew up in a house full of secrets

& sadness, tragedies hidden from view,

She had a habitually drunken father, &

faced horrific, terrible abuse

Going all the way back to the age of two, 

but she’s a fighter, a hard & gritty survivor

& now she stands for others who’ve struggled

with the same things that she’s been through

By: J.N.R Dutton








California Nightmare (Poem)

Let me tell you about the flip-side

of the California dream

It’s not all glitz & glamour

like is portrayed on T.V.

Housing is expensive there,

and there is rampant poverty

There are homeless, addicts, and panhandlers

walking the streets

I was only there for a little while

but I can’t forget what I’ve seen

More attention needs to be drawn

To this tragedy, this state of emergency

By:J.N.R Dutton