The Contributor’s Corner @NonnieJules @RRBC_Org @RRBC_RWISA @Tweets4RWISA #RRBC #RWISA

Welcome to THE CONTRIBUTOR’S CORNER! This month’s post is by contributing RWISA Author, NONNIE JULES!


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I penned this in 2018.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, the month for lovers, and for all those who have ever experienced the ecstasy of falling in love or the pain of a broken heart, believe me when I say…


I was speaking with a friend of mine on Monday, who was sharing with me the plight of his situation with his sweet love.  He told me that they were constantly at odds with each other, and no matter how he tried, there was always something he’d do or say to upset her.  “All I want to do is love her,” he said, voice trembling from the upset.

“I can’t eat, sleep or even think when we’re in this place… but that’s what love will do to you,” he trailed off.

I ended our conversation so that I could get back to my constant state of busy, but the words that’s what love will do… lingered in my head.  It took me 18 minutes to pen this poem in tribute to my friend.


Can’t eat, can’t sleep
Can’t think, can’t breathe
Can’t run, can’t walk
Can’t feel, can’t dream
That’s what love will do.

No life, no fun
No laughter, no tears
No rain, no sun
Nothing but fear
That’s what love will do.

Pinch my skin, nothing I feel
Broken but standing, hope prayers will heal
Blind but reaching, the air is cold
Remembering her hands, memories unfold
That’s what love will do.

This…the pay
My prayer is that
She’ll return someday

Crying, dying, because of you
You told me, warned me
That’s what love would do.

~ Nonnie Jules

What about you… has love ever pulled you out onto the floor when you weren’t in the mood to dance?  Has it ever taken you for a ride in a hot air balloon, and then suddenly pushed you out without a parachute?  Has it kept you awake at night, crying into your pillow, wondering if your heart was physically breaking?  There has to be something.  So, tell us… what has love done to you?


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  1. Beautiful picture, Nonnie. Love makes us and breaks us, but it doesn’t leave us broken if we allow the light of love to shine through the broken places. The Japanese have a lovely symbolic way of illustrating it called Kintsugi. They use gold to put broken pottery pieces back together. May God mend all broken hearts with His love.


    • Hi, Patty! I am so tickled that your comment was in reference to the photo. The poem was behind the “linked” title above but since a couple of readers so innocently missed that, I’ve decided to just pull the poem here from my site.

      Thank you for dropping in, and yes, may God mend all broken hearts with His love!

      Take care, Patty!


  2. I love this picture. Love is a precious and funny thing. The heart wants what the heart wants, it is disconnected from the brain and helps accentuate the feelings and emotions that make your physical being soar. Thank you


  3. Nonnie, A Home for the Holidays is what we should all be grateful for and what we should cherish. Thank you for keeping others in your heart this holiday season and inserting them into ours.


  4. What a thoughtful poem, Nonnie! We have a few homeless students at my school. Many times, people think of the panhandlers on the street when they think of the homeless concept, but there are families who sleep in a car or who stay one night with one relative and then a few nights with another relative, constantly moving. The instability creates insecurity and fear in the children. Thank you for shining a light on this population. 🙂


  5. Good morning, Nonnie. Your poem is one to make us think and reflect on what each of us miight do as a positive impact in our own community. Like with throwing a pebble in the water, the impact can ever widen and gain circles of support. Thank you.

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  6. Good Morning Nonnie,
    Yes, when I see the people in refugee camps all over the world, sitting behind barbwire fences, children standing before them, cold, hungry and barefoot, I see individuals looking for a home. Thanks for this poignant poem about the misery of our present day world. These are the human beings that we tend to forget.
    Shalom aleichem


  7. Pat, thank you for reminding us that breast cancer is a terrible disease and that there are treatments if it’s caught early. I’m so sorry about the loss of your loved ones. They sound like amazing people.



  8. HI Pat, thank you for sharing this important post. My mother is a breast cancer survivor and she has/d the genetic HR2 cancer so all of her four daughters are high risk. We all go for mammograms every year and, for me, every year the doctors are all worried and do a whole bunch of extra tests. Luckily, so far the tests have all been fine but it is a disconcerting experience.


    • Good Afternoon Robbie,
      Yes, that is a disconcerting experience. I am very happy that your mom is a survivor and that you and your sisters go for a mammogram every year. I have my next mammogram coming up soon. Will I go? Yes, I will. Thank you so much for sharing.
      Have a great day and I hope Michael is doing well.
      Shalom aleichem


  9. I’m sorry for your loss, Pat. I, too, have lost young relatives to Breast Cancer. The latest was my 59 YO cousin who had a double omentectomy five years ago and was claimed cancer-free a year later. However, a cancerous cell had found a good hiding place and killed her in her sleep without any advanced warning last fall.


      • John, don’t worry about it. I can’t count the times the computer corrects things that I write. The bad thing is that my left eye is weak and I don’t see the changes, especially when my eyes are tired.
        Shalom aleichem


    • Good Morning John,
      Reading your comment hurt. I am sorry for your loss. I know your family was devastated. My friend Moni was an only child and her mother and father are still dealing with the loss after three years. To say that she was a wonderful person doesn’t describe her completely. The good and bad times that we had went beyond race or colour. Somehow we were transformed and nothing else mattered except our sisterly relationship with each other. Her parents were astonished at our closeness.
      Thank you so much for dropping by and sharing your story.
      Shalom aleichem


  10. I’m sorry that you’ve loved and lost people to breast cancer. I had a scare once, but I was fortunate that it was benign. I complete self-examinations often, and I get a thermography every year. The more awareness we bring to the subject (and the ease to which we have these conversations) can help save lives, so thank you for starting the conversation, Pat. 🙂


    • Good Morning Yvette,
      Thank you. Moni was a fantastic woman. Her school kids loved her and at her funeral there was not a dry eye that stood by among her colleagues. Outside of that, she was an outstanding musician and I was proud to stand with her on stage.
      Yes, the more awareness we have the more it helps. Checking our breast is a necessity. It is something that we all should do.
      Shalom aleichem

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