This is the first poem I ever wrote. I was a freshman in highschool, and had never had much use for poetry. Then our English teacher gave us an assignment to find a picture that sparked our imagination and write a poem based on it. I had no idea what to do. I knew of exactly one poem that I even liked, and spent the weekend stressing rather a lot. In the end, however, I found a picture that sparked something… and amazingly enough, I did not fail the assignment! (Thanks, Mrs. F). So, I thought I’d share it with you all today, as a sort of “flashback Friday.” This is the poem that started my love of writing poetry (I’m still not much for reading it)…..


Oh! How joyfully a waterfall,
Unchecking its course and flow,
Throws itself to the river below
Over a jagged wall.

And as it cascades in a thundering way,
Strong and deep, yet clear–not dull,
Not overflowing, yet ever full,
Up comes a gentle spray.

This fine mist up from below
Catches the sunlight in such a way,
And bends that light through the spray
Into an arcing rainbow.

And, no, sadly, this is not the actual picture I was looking at as I wrote that poem oh so many years ago (1996!), but it’s close. :)

~ jenelle



I think it is a very nice poem. (Poems are hard to write. I’ve tried a few, but stories seem so much easier. I suppose one has to have the right wiring in the brain for poetry.)

Thank you for the suggestions on websites! I am actually looking into wordpress since you suggested it. Is wordpress what you are using for this site now? Have you found it helps people find your site more so than they did with your original blog? And, do you know how many pages can be set up on one site? Is there a limit?
(Sorry, lots of questions. I am trying to find out as much as possible about each site I look into before I decide on anything. I’m not sure if switching sites would help or hinder me right now. My blog seems to be doing really well and I’d hate to loose all the followers I do have, but I would like to be able to help others find it. And I do want something a little more professional than blogger, which seems more used for fun blogging. Its a great site, it helped me get up and running, but I’m wondering if it is time to move the next step up…)


Thank you for answering all my WordPress questions again 8-D I like the layout of your website, and how organized and professional it looks – which is the biggest reason I am leaning toward wordpress right now.

I am having a little bit of trouble though, but I’m not sure if you will have the answer to it. I set up an account, and then it asked me to download wordpress, which I did, but nothing happened. So I did it again and it was the same. Is there something I am missing? Or is it just snickering at me for the fun of it? (Which internet sites love doing 8-D)

Allan James

I love this poem. I love the simplicity.

Did you ever hear about the poet from Spokane?

Allan James


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