Rain Clouds Will Never Tear Us Apart: My Tribute to Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly: Rain Clouds Will Never Tear Us ApartRain Clouds Will Never Tear Us ApartBBC On This Day: 3rd February 1959

Buddy Holly Killed in Plane Crash

Three young rock ‘n’ roll stars have been killed in a plane crash in the United States.

Buddy Holly, 22, Jiles P Richardson – known as the Big Bopper – 28, and Ritchie Valens, 17, died in a crash shortly after take-off from Clear Lake, Iowa at 0100 local time.

The pilot of the single-engined Beechcraft Bonanza plane was also killed.

Early reports from the scene suggest the aircraft spun out of control during a light snowstorm.” (www.biography.com)

Rain Clouds Will Never Tear Us Apart

Riding a light plane

Against the storm,

Into the darkness,

Never see the dawn.

I hear angels singing,

No words I have heard.

Guitars are strumming,

I fly like a bird.

Never forget me

My sweet Peggy Sue.

Yell my name loudly,

Help my songs stay true.

Ever and ever,

Always in my heart.

Rain clouds will never

Tear us apart.

by John Hansen © 2015

Author’s Note

Although I have called this poem “Rain Clouds Will Never Tear Us Apart” I wrote it as an acrostic using the name of one of Buddy Holly’s most famous songs as the first letter of each line  “Raining in My Heart.”

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Raining In My Heart
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Longtime poet but not in the traditional technical sense. I enjoy rhyme but like to experiment and dabble in many different forms and maybe even make up some of my own. There is always a message or lesson I want to promote through my writing, for that reason, my poetry generally shies away from the abstract and obscure. After a lot of procrastinating I have finally self-published my first eBook of poetry "I Laughed a Smile" at Lulu.com. Now I find myself branching out and experimenting with short fiction. I have also been fortunate to have two poems chosen to be made into songs and recorded. The first "On the Road to Kingdom Come" by Al Wordlaw, and the second, "If I Could Write a Love Poem" by award-winning Israeli/British singer Tally Koren. I am also finding my services increasingly in demand as a freelance writer and I have ghost-written the text for a number of children's books and educational tutorials. It has taken me many years of searching and restlessness to realise that my life's passion is to write. It saddens me that I wasted so many years not devoting to that, but thinking positively, the experiences gained over those years are now wonderful material for my stories and poems. I want to try to bring a new focus on poetry and try to make it appealing to a new generation of young people and those who thought they never liked or understood it before.

6 thoughts on “Rain Clouds Will Never Tear Us Apart: My Tribute to Buddy Holly

  • May 15, 2018 at 8:32 PM

    Nicely done John, and so many tragedies have befallen our most loved entertainers. Sad, but the songs live on. Cheers!

  • May 15, 2018 at 8:46 PM

    Yes, Tony, far too many of our beloved entertainers have ended their lives tragically. Thanks for reading and your generous comment.

  • May 25, 2018 at 8:25 AM

    Very beautifully rendered for three who were lost to us way too soon!

  • May 25, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    Thank you, Donald. Yes, we have lost too many of our talented artists much too soon, unfortunately.

  • March 10, 2022 at 2:20 PM

    Hey, I stumbled on this Poem highlighted at the top of TCE Home Page here. I really like this one. The wording was spot on with references to Peggy Sue. I have 1/2 a Poem already created on the same topic after I stumbled on a photo of a Big Pair of Glasses (In Remembrance of Buddy Holly) at the Crash Site only 6 miles away from Clear Lake, Iowa. (I did not know they only made it that far!?) Buddy Holly, J.P. Richardson, and Ritchie Valens left too soon, just trying to escape some nasty cold weather while on Tour. They deserve to always be remembered and you did a great job with this Poem. “Help my songs stay true”…that is a great line (among the many in this Poem).

  • March 10, 2022 at 4:56 PM

    The lives of these remarkable singers were tragically taken far to early. It is so sad that they decided to fly in such bad weather and, well. the rest is history. I hope you finish that poem inspired from the big pair of glasses at the crash site near Clear Lake. Steve, thank you for your kind comment about this poem.


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