Have you seen Gavin Pretor-Pinney’s TED talk about cloud-watching? It’s one of my current favorites. He sounds like a poet when he talks about the importance of slowing down, doing “nothing,” using your imagination to find shapes in the clouds, and feeling connected to the natural world.
This poem, a first draft at this point, was inspired by his talk and by his Cloud Appreciation Society.
See the sky?
Drop what you’re holding.
Ignore its thud.
Find a cloud’s ragged edge.
Watch it glide across the snow globe dome above your head.
Name the cotton creatures evolving as they go by.
Let your thoughts fly.
Feel yourself grow.
Remember, you’re not looking at the sky.
You’re standing in it.
My friend Cynthia Grady is hosting Mortimer today. I hope you’ll hop on over to visit her.
For more Poetry Friday, visit Merely Day By Day.