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How to View the Clouds: A Poem

Tim Truzy is a poet, short-story author, and he is currently working on several novels.

These are Cumulus Clouds

These are Cumulus Clouds

Inspiration from Above

The clouds can give you many details about the potential future. But knowing how to look at the clouds requires understanding your motivation. Are you just enjoying the day? Are you interested in the weather? Are you looking for personal insight? Are you trying to find a source of creative inspiration?

The poem below came about when I reflected on my childhood. I used to watch clouds intensely in our backyard. I would imagine I was a mighty eagle soaring within them, looking down on the world, almost regretting I would have to return to earth at some point. It helped that we lived near an air force base, and the big mechanical “birds” flew over routinely. I pretended I was one of those pilots, flying off to who knows where, feasting on the serenity of the clouds around me.

Often, I was joined by my dad outside to observe the weather.

My dad enjoyed predicting the day by examining cloud formations. He could look up in the sky at sunrise and know whether or not to do chores in the yard or garden that day. He would say the clouds informed him on this topic. My poem pays tribute to men and women like my dad who didn’t need a weather forecast to predict how the day would be. This poem also is written for those who enjoy looking at clouds and their different variations for fun. Thank you for reading “A Cloudy Day.” Please, leave comments below if you prefer.

This photo shows Cumulonimbus Clouds

This photo shows Cumulonimbus Clouds

A Cloudy Day

I envy the cloud’s lofty position,

Glued against sky like wallpaper to a fly,

Drizzling down on vanities of flushed dreams on ground,

Roasted in my tea cup where coffee once resounded loud.

Jealousy purged my mind to water drops,

Stopped by recognition of building tornados,

Whirling insanity into reality upon my screen,

I envy the clouds—but clouds swirl my dreams.

Viewing streams of metallic planes,

Kissing where space merges with air upon my roof,

Above my singular spoiled truths,

Malevolent water vapor wets insects and skin is paper.

These are Stratus Clouds

These are Stratus Clouds

Turbulent horizon gray angry nightmare,

Sun drenched to submission doused light,

Secluding my plans from sightless star,

Plans washed away in gully of sadness soaking my hopes.

Plants sighing toward the heavens missing light of morning,

Grasses cutting a rug my feet will not touch today,

Slouching chair leaned against window wet,

Shed mower from fog and spray schedule loss.

Even animals listen to the pouring cloud fountain,

From up high to surface melody no bird can chirp,

Chorus whispered only from atmospheric bodies,

Hearing no need to build ark for now--

Tomorrow future coming in forecast

Day awakens to rays dancing on wispy clouds,

Shears my hands grasp in exhilaration,

Watching trees tidy to me task rejoice,

Clouds thin trim walking off raindrops before,

Attending my glances joyful and happy limbs.

A garden to grow with my hoe upon earth moist,

A yard to tend with my will and skills and choice,

Clouds bring rain and tell of blissful day,

Outside sky puts my inside on display.

This picture shows Cumulus Clouds

This picture shows Cumulus Clouds

About Clouds

Clouds form when extremely small frozen water droplets accumulate around tiny dust particles in the atmosphere. Clouds can take familiar and fascinating shapes which spark our imagination. Below are brief descriptions of the images of clouds used in this work:

  • Cirrus Cloud – These are the most common type of clouds. They usually are found above six thousand feet in the atmosphere and they indicate pleasant weather. A cirrus cloud is wispy and thin. They are normally white; by watching cirrus clouds, the direction from which weather is approaching can be determined.
  • Stratus Cloud – Stratus clouds are low occurring atmospheric phenomenon. They are gray and hazy. Although not associated with precipitation, they are related to foggy weather. Light drizzle or misty conditions may exist because of stratus clouds. Stratus clouds resemble a blanket that has been thrown across the ground.
  • Cumulonimbus Cloud – These clouds bring rain. Cumulonimbus clouds can form intense thunderstorms or even tornadoes. These clouds are dense, dark, and very tall, and frequently, they happen with lightning. Because of high winds, the flattened top of the cloud may resemble an anvil. Rainy weather is heading in the direction the anvil is facing.
  • Cumulus Cloud – These clouds have the “puffy” appearance. They can look like floating cotton balls in the sky. Cumulus clouds usually promise a sunny day, but rain could develop. These are low level clouds at around six thousand feet above the earth. They can transform into cumulonimbus clouds.

Clouds in Literature and Other Creative Works

Beyond the visual aspects of these formations in the sky, cloud symbolism appears frequently in creative works. Storms on the horizon could indicate a looming disaster. Puffy clouds may suggest a tranquil event occurring in the present or in the foreseeable future. Yet, these atmospheric phenomena may be indicating the path ahead is unclear. Writers can demonstrate a character has obscured vision by putting clouds in the poem, novel, or short story.

Likewise, song lyrics and titles draw on these themes about clouds. Below are ten songs featuring the word cloud in the title. These tunes can be found on the internet for your enjoyment. But there are other tunes you may wish to explore about the topic.

Ten Songs with Cloud in the Title

  1. Angie Stone. (1999). No More Rain (In This Cloud).
  2. Corey Hart. (1996). Black Cloud Rain.
  3. David Gates. (1973). Suite: Clouds, Rain.
  4. Elevation Worship. (2017). There is a Cloud.
  5. Kate Bush. (1985). Cloud Busting.
  6. Maureen McGovern. (1997). Little Black Rain Cloud / Sunny Skies.
  7. Rolling Stones. (1965). Get Off of My Cloud.
  8. Simon & Garfunkel. (1966). Cloudy.
  9. Sting. (1993). Heavy Cloud No Rain.
  10. Willy Nelson. (1976). Uncloudy Day.

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