The Weather Inside of Me


The weather inside of me is a storm
Hurricane Katrina times ten
And it has been brewing since the day I was born
The good thing is I’m coming out on the other side of this storm
To bright sunny days

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  1. Johnny on January 18, 2021 at 10:21 AM

    Hey RJ,

    Thank you for sharing your poetry. I am glad that you decided to do so. I hope that you make it through all the storms of your life and happy to hear that you are coming out of one of those storms. RJ, I hope that no matter what happens, you find the strength within you to make it, no matter what life throws at you.

    God bless,


    P.S. – Please continue to write.

  2. Jordan on January 18, 2021 at 10:22 AM

    Hello RJ,
    I just wanted to say that I love your poem! It is short, yet powerful, like the storm that you described. By describing the storm as “Hurricane Katrina times ten,” you created a vivid image of the destruction and pain that comes with the “weather inside.” There is a lot of emotion in the five lines that you wrote, but despite the brutal storm that you talked about, I loved the sprinkling of positivity at the end. I hope that you continue to write as well as see this positivity, also known as the “bright sunny says,” in your daily life!

    Best Wishes,

  3. Allie on January 18, 2021 at 11:03 AM

    Hello there! I admire the positive twist you placed in this very meaningful poem. I can see that you have been going through your storm for a long time now, but this storm too shall pass, and, like you said, you will see more sunny skies. I wish you the best and keep fighting the good fight!

  4. Mary B on January 18, 2021 at 11:19 AM

    RJ – Great Poem! Keep up the great writing and soon you will have your sunny days!

  5. Tanisha Mason on January 18, 2021 at 11:54 AM

    RJ this poem is very touching. For you to use such strong analogies shows me just how much you are going through. I am glad that you said you will come out of the storm on the other side to bright sunny days. Continue to push forward and look for those sunny days and remember to stay motivated.

  6. cameron h on January 18, 2021 at 3:32 PM


    Thank you for sharing this! It is very well written and heartfelt. I like how you compared how you felt to a storm but ended it with how you are positive you are for better days.


  7. Marley on January 18, 2021 at 3:41 PM

    I really like the metaphor you used! good to hear that you are seeing brighter sunnier days 🙂

  8. Gabrielle Cascio on January 18, 2021 at 4:27 PM

    Hi RJ,

    I love the way you packed a huge story and big feelings into a few beautifully chosen words. I hope to read more of your work in the future!


  9. Riti Kalra on January 18, 2021 at 7:20 PM

    The conciseness of this poem is one of my most favorite parts. You start off with this emotional and powerful storm brewing inside of you to a sense of assertiveness or confidence that these dark days will and must end and sunny days are on the horizon. I like how you compare the storm to Hurricane Katrina because it shows the magnitude of your emotions. You almost make it like an update to the reader that you are coming out of the storm and I really like the way that it reflects on you.

  10. Carina on January 19, 2021 at 12:01 PM

    Great description of that internal pain/anger, etc. and glad to hear the storm is subsiding. You are able to put into words succinctly what most find difficult. You have quite a perception. Well done!

  11. Joyce on January 19, 2021 at 1:39 PM

    Dear RJ,

    Thanks for this short and sweet poem! Although it’s not long, it is inspiring and hopeful, and tells a lot about how you’re feeling. I’m sure many would find this relatable, since everyone has their own struggles. I am glad that you are escaping the storm and I wish you all the best for the future!


  12. Lia on January 19, 2021 at 5:17 PM

    Dear RJ,

    Thanks for this moving poem! The idea that there is a storm inside of you is really striking, and powerful. And then when you swoop in with the idea that you’re heading towards bright, sunny days brings a sense of optimism and hope. Great job, I hope to read more of your work in the future!


  13. Samantha on January 19, 2021 at 7:20 PM


    I love the lines: “the good thing is I’m coming out on the other side of this storm
    To bright sunny days”. Thank you for being so vulnerable and open in your poem, and for being so upbeat in spite of the storms you are currently facing! This poem brings so much light and encouragement to the readers, and so thank you for sharing this with us!



  14. Grace McIlwain on January 20, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    Hi RJ,
    This poem is beautiful and your word choice is captivating. I love the closing line about how you are coming out of the other side of the storm to bright sunny days. This reminds everyone reading that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel, and I think it is beautiful you are using your words to remind people of this. Keep writing, you have such a gift!
    Well wishes,

  15. Cameron on January 20, 2021 at 1:02 PM


    I love this poem! You are able to create imagery and inspiration in such few lines, which is very impressive. Like many others, I relate so much to this poem, and I’m glad you are able to come out strong on the other side! I hope you are able to continue to see those bright sunny days, I’m rooting for you! Thank you for this poem, I can’t wait to read more of your work!


  16. Kathy TG on January 21, 2021 at 10:30 AM

    I love how short and direct this poem is. I hope you’ll write more on this topic. As you embrace the sun you now see ahead, what does it mean to walk into it carrying the part of you that held the storm? Thanks for sharing your writing with us!

  17. Allison Claus on January 21, 2021 at 11:07 AM

    Although this poem is short it has a lot of content to think about. I am glad that you are writing poetry that helps you express your emotion. I can see that you have made the decision to be happy and that is truly amazing!This poem is inspiring because you are working on the anger inside yourself and know that you are going to come out on the other side where it is sunnier. Your poetry is great and I hope you keep it up even in the sunnier times!

  18. Bridget on January 21, 2021 at 2:11 PM


    This is a beautiful poem. Your allusion to Hurricane Katrina paints a strong image of the struggles you are facing internally. I love the message of hope at the end. Great job and keep on writing!

  19. Serina on January 21, 2021 at 7:13 PM


    I love this poem! It is so short and straightforward. The words you used are very powerful and meaningful, and I loved that you used Hurricane Katrina to help us understand what you’re going through. I love the optimism of this poem especially. You twisted it from stormy to sunny, having a positive outlook on life. Even though you are going through tough times, you know that things will get better. This poem also leaves me wondering what you mean when you say “and it has been brewing since the day I was born”. I love it!

  20. Deja on January 21, 2021 at 8:08 PM


    This is a inspiring poem. It actually spoke to me in a way, the vivid details of hurricane Katrina is very good. You compared them with your feelings very well. Thank you for sharing! Keep writing!

  21. Osman Jelani on January 28, 2021 at 2:50 PM

    I really enjoyed the simplicity. There is such beauty in the little things. You were very direct and to the point. You’re coming out of a dark place and looking ahead to better days. I like it.

  22. AR on February 2, 2021 at 10:55 AM

    RJ, thank you for sharing this poem. It is short, sweet, and to the point. It also gives the reader a lot of imagery. You are so right when you mention that the best part of the storm is coming out of it. I look forward to reading more of your poems.

  23. Kahliya Zykia Ruffin on February 10, 2021 at 11:07 AM

    A song writer once said “They called me storm sense the day I was born”. This was a what I like to call a short, simple and sweet poem. Its straight to the point and very relatable.

  24. keldon on February 16, 2021 at 11:46 AM

    i really like to hear you are seeing sunny days 🙂

  25. Bhavin C Narotam on February 22, 2021 at 8:16 PM

    This is a wonderful poem. Its short, right to the point, and very insightful.

  26. Courtney on February 23, 2021 at 12:19 AM

    Thanks for sharing RJ! This poem was short yet beautifully written and impactful. Keep up the great work!

  27. carlygallanter on February 23, 2021 at 4:16 PM

    Oh wow RJ, this was a really great read. I liked your allusions and the imagery in your poem. I love how you talked about natural disasters in a way that was deep and found a way to relate to something that is usually seen as an atrocity.

  28. David on February 24, 2021 at 10:16 AM

    I just want to say that this piece was concise yet impactful. I hope that throughout these times of battling through the storm you learned lessons that people who were in the sun all day could not. You are a warrior and I hope the sunnier days will come to you soon. I like your optimistically outlook and it encourages me to do the same

  29. David Liu on February 24, 2021 at 2:36 PM

    The simplicity of this poem is amazing. In 5 lines you eloquently described a really emotional yet creative and personal story about yourself. Thank you for sharing this!

  30. Emily Bickel on February 24, 2021 at 5:09 PM

    Hey RJ!
    Thanks for the wonderful poem. I liked and appreciated the metaphor of the storm. One piece of advice – perhaps it would be possible to introduce a rhyme scheme, or to make it even longer and elaborate on how you will make it through the storm.

  31. Dhara Patel on February 24, 2021 at 6:25 PM

    Despite the length of this poem, RJ you did an excellent job on portraying a deep meaning. I loved the use of “Hurricane Katrina” because it really shows the imagination. I especially loved the ending where you mention that you are getting out of the storm. Good vibes are what we look forward to. You did an extremely good job on portraying that by changing your tone from fighting through life to being more optimistic.

  32. AK on February 24, 2021 at 10:57 PM

    Hi RJ, thank you for sharing your poem and emotion through this powerful piece! You were able to depict such a vivid image of destruction through “Hurricane Katrina times ten” and took us through the process by ending with coming out of the storm. My question for you is, what would your follow up on this piece be? How else would you relate your poetry to nature and why that as your inspiration? Thank you again, loved your piece!

  33. Serena on February 25, 2021 at 1:30 AM

    I love how short, yet meaningful this poem is. I’m glad you’re coming out of the storm and are heading for greater things :). LOVE the storm metaphor.

  34. Charese on February 25, 2021 at 2:54 AM

    I love the metaphor you use in nature, and how it accurately it depicts the troubles/burdens that weigh heavy as we grow older. The positivity you have is admirable, as well as your perseverance. Keep on writing, you got this!

  35. Joe Fargo on March 25, 2021 at 11:03 PM

    Dear RJ,

    Thank you for sharing this poem. I appreciate and enjoy the hope you carry through your hardship. I hope you continue writing, and I hope you are finally seeing some of those bright sunny days.

    Best wishes,
    – Joe

  36. Natalie C on March 27, 2021 at 3:12 PM

    Hey RJ! I could easily relate to this poem. Sometimes our emotions can become so strong they almost blind us from reality. I love the positive message you had at the end. I sometimes feel like our emotions and inner turmoil puts on a veil to the real world. When we are angry, everything seems irritable, and when we are sad, everything seems to be depressing. I hope you make it out of your storm and look at life through new eyes. Great poem!

  37. Grace on March 27, 2021 at 4:38 PM

    Hi! Wow, this poem is short but powerful! I love how optimistic you are that whatever you are going through you are going to get through it! We all face struggles and “storms” in our lives but eventually we see the sunny days. I wish you the very best! Keep on writing and staying positive!

  38. Ayzhiana Basallo on March 27, 2021 at 11:22 PM

    I love how short and sweet your poem is. It has so much emotion. It makes me want to know more.

  39. Zach Phelps on March 30, 2021 at 1:10 PM

    This poem was great! Each line had a new powerful element to it. Although it was short, I felt like you took me on a journey through the storm of life and ended with a beautiful sunny day! You imagery and emotion was very strong and impactful! Your poem was also very inspiring, letting people know there is always hope, even inside a crazy storm that someone may be going through. Thank you for this poem, it is amazing!

  40. aprile on April 3, 2021 at 11:54 AM

    Dear RJ,
    I really liked the imagery of a storm but then escaping to a bright sunny future. I really like the message that things will always get better.

  41. Rachel Smith on April 5, 2021 at 5:53 PM

    RJ, this is a great poem! I love how it is short but packed with so much imagery and comparison. This is so simple yet so meaningful, here is to more sunny days!!

  42. Peyton Puma on April 5, 2021 at 5:57 PM

    The idea behind this poem is great. Your imagery helps me create a picture in my mind of what is going on inside you. I also love this message and how much hope is behind your words. It is very inspiring to me. All bad things do come to end and you have realized that within this poem. This poem is to the point and easy to follow which I also appreciate.

  43. Brittani Forman on April 7, 2021 at 3:13 PM

    Hey RJ
    I like the poem. I like the comparison to the storm

  44. Taylor T. on April 8, 2021 at 8:20 PM

    Hi RJ,
    Thank you so much for writing this poem and sharing it. This is such a powerful poem, I got chills just reading it. I think you did an excellent job at using such a strong analogy to describe the storm that you are feeling. I love that you have turned this dark time into something as positive as a bright sunny day at the end. Sometimes the brightest days are right after a storm and that can be the hardest thing to understand when going through a dark time. I am glad that you are staying positive. I am rooting for you! Best wishes.

  45. Julia Rinaldi on April 11, 2021 at 8:26 PM


    The metaphor you used is truly so creative! I pondered your words and my mind traveled to a lot of different kinds of imaginations, although it was short, it was perfect to give your reader something to think about. And, you are so right, the best is yet to come! Keep writing, you are amazing.

    Julia Rinaldi

  46. Maria Griffin on April 13, 2021 at 9:31 PM

    My name is Maria Griffin, and I am a second-year student at Wayne State University in Detroit. This semester, I am taking a class whose goal is to engage with the community, beyond the university and corporations.
    “The Weather Inside of Me,” was a poem that truly captured feelings of sorrow and hope. Using Hurricane Katrina to describe what goes on inside of you was a great way to truly paint an accurate picture for the reader. It makes it sound chaotic and scary for many many years. However, you don’t just leave it at that. You turn the sorrow into hope. The light at the end of the tunnel is visible and you describe that in you last two lines. Again, another great picture is painted for the audience when you relate it to sunny days because after a storm, there are always going to be more sunny days.
    Great job, RJ! I think your poem is a very encouraging one that turns pain into hope! Keep up the good work.

  47. Colleen A on April 14, 2021 at 11:24 PM

    Hello RJ,
    Thank you for sharing your poetry. I feel like I really felt you open up. I can tell that you have been struggling in some way but are now coming out of it. This is a very empowering poem. I look forward to reading more of your work!

  48. Maria on April 15, 2021 at 4:12 PM

    This was an awesome use of metaphors. All of your comparisons really had me visualizing the depth of this poem.

  49. Nicole Burkoski on April 16, 2021 at 11:09 AM

    Poetry does not need to be long and detailed to have a lot of meaning and this poem is an example of this. In such short words, the author was able to convey not only the pain in his heart but also the hope they still have. This poem shows how they view the world and their life in addition to the bright future they still see at the end of the tunnel, I loved this.

  50. Anna on April 16, 2021 at 2:04 PM

    Hey RJ! I love this poem you wrote! It is so powerful and I am glad you shared it! I am sorry for your struggles, but I am so glad you have that feeling of hope! The last two lines of your poem make me so happy! Stay positive, and be strong, I wish you luck!!

  51. Anna on April 16, 2021 at 3:29 PM

    I loved your poem. It is short but very powerful. Negative feelings can be very overwhelming and seem to overtake your life. I like your optimism about coming out on the other side. I know you can get out of the storm you are feeling. Keep writing!!

  52. Emily H on April 16, 2021 at 8:25 PM

    Hi RJ, my name is Emily and I am a student at a university in Detroit. One of my classes contains a service and community component to it and that is how i came across this website. I enjoyed how your poem was deep but short. It was great to compare what was inside of you to Hurricane Katrina because I could tell how you were feeling.The thing that I liked most about your poem is how relatable it is. Everyone has these feelings inside of them that can tie them down or build them up. I know that I have had days that it feels like there is a hurricane inside of me and I am just a ball of emotions. Thank you for sharing that other people like you go through these periods of doubt as well. In your poem you talked about how you are moving on to brighter days. I hope that it is true and that you have found happiness. Thank you for sharing your emotions in this poem.

  53. S. M. M. on April 17, 2021 at 2:54 PM


    Even though it is a short poem, it speaks volumes. Your words are motivating and passionate. Some days, we probably all feel that the storm is going to consume us but it is always good to remember that sunny days are ahead!

    Thank you and great work!

  54. Gillian on April 19, 2021 at 9:45 PM

    Really like your Hurricane Katrina metaphor. It’s difficult handling emotions when they grow to be so overpowering–especially when they’ve been brewing for so long– but there is a light at the end of the tunnel that shows those “sunny days” and I work toward this every day!

  55. Kurtis on April 21, 2021 at 11:05 AM

    RJ, I loved your poem! I really liked your comparison and I hope you continue to write!


  56. Rachel Salzstein on April 21, 2021 at 5:14 PM

    This poem is very empowering and relatable too. Through your writing I can sense your emotional expression. I can sense your struggle you went through, but came out of it a stronger person. Thank you for sharing!

  57. Fin on April 26, 2021 at 2:10 PM

    Hey RJ,
    Thank you so much for sharing your poem, I really could sense your willingness to open up and share your feelings and experiences. The use of making this poem short I feel emphasizes its power and evokes more than enough emotion. This has really hit home with me and I am grateful for your willingness to share your work.

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