Clouds

Clouds are amazing, but we often miss them, caught up in our fast-paced (often frenzied) lives. We see only what’s right in front of us—myopia blocking out all else. Last week, I was driving down the road and just had to pull into the parking lot of “closed for the season” ice cream parlor because Mother Nature was holding up a big “free admission” banner shouting out, “come one, come all, look at this amazing show!” I was blown away by the beauty of what was right in front of me—cloud formations that looked like a Maxfield Parrish painting.

I thought about clouds and their amazing, transformative qualities—
they let the sun in
they block out the light
they shelter us from the heat
they torment us with their floods
they create shadows and
they create stories and
I thought about a story/song written by Joni Mitchell.


“Both Sides Now”  

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way
When have you seen the beauty in the clouds; creating images; telling stories?
But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way
How often have you cursed the clouds and what they’ve delivered?
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all
Do you get to the place where you’re able to see different perspectives but aren’t sure what’s real?
Moons and Junes and ferris wheels
The dizzy dancing way you feel
As every fairy tale comes real
I’ve looked at love that way
Have you ever felt that starry-eyed, “the world is just perfect” sensation?
But now it’s just another show
You leave ’em laughing when you go
And if you care, don’t let them know
Don’t give yourself away|
Has life taught you to be “on”, but never real?
I’ve looked at love from both sides now
From give and take and still somehow
It’s love’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know love at all
What do you believe about love now?


Clouds
they let the sun in
they block out the light
they shelter us from the heat
they torment us with their floods
they create shadows and
they create stories.
Clouds are a lot like us;
revealing different sides and
different perspectives
on different days,
continuing to take on and let out, to move and to regroup, to ebb and flow,
just like you, just like me, just like life.
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