Wispy Clouds

As a little girl, one of my favorite summer past times was cloud watching. I remember being out in the cool grass and spinning in circles until dizziness took over. I’d fall down to the ground, stretch out flat on my back, and watch in wonder as everything above me continued to spin until the vertigo wore off. And then I’d lie there and watch the clouds float by, imagining that the fluffiness was countless different shapes. Back then, the sky was my empty canvas or book. In my mind’s eye, I used the clouds to paint masterpieces or to create my own little adventures. The possibilities seemed so endless.

Even today, as an adult, I sometimes find myself watching the clouds and daydreaming. There’s something about the gentle swirling and wispiness of clouds that is relaxing and gets the old imagination brewing. Over the years, I have written quite a few poems as I lounged outside and gazed at the sky above me. I have come up with quite a few ideas and topics while cloud watching, too. It is as though the clouds speak to me and lend me their gentle rhythm. The words and rhymes simply flow, so it feels like the most natural thing in the world.

Although cloud watching is far too relaxing and hypnotizing for serious work, I absolutely love it for brainstorming and creative writing. I can’t wait until warmer weather finally arrives, so I can get back to writing again under the big blue sky and maybe even get some regular cloud watching in this year! When the weather conditions are perfect the great outdoors is my favorite spot to write.

Where is one place that allows you to write uninhibited and free? What makes it so special and perfect for you?

 

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Comments
  1. Threesia says:

    I love watching the clouds, too. I remember picking out shapes with my parents on long road trips.

  2. Kristen says:

    I used to do the same thing. I especially love when the clouds convey an eerie feeling.

  3. Because our English summer weather is so variable I bought a teepee which sits next to our garden pond between April and October. It is very peaceful and is one of my favourite places to sit and write; when I want a break I can either watch the wildlife or, if the weather is fine, open up the top flap of the teepee and lie back watching the clouds pass overhead. I enjoyed reading your post about clouds and how they fire your imagination. lynne revette butler

  4. Joe Owens says:

    I love clouds also. I especially enjoy watching the clouds pass outside the plane as we traveled to and from Belize last December. The clouds looked like we could climb out and walk on them.

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