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Poem-How Wonderful to Be a Cloud-Response to Brenda’s Word Prompt Week 30

I love poetry. I am a voracious reader and am passionate about writing. I have recently started my foray into poetry.

Cloud are wonderful

Cloud are wonderful

Word Prompts Help Creativity-Week 30-Clouds

Brenda, our dear friend and a wonderful poet herself encourages writers in their creative pursuit by giving a word prompt every week. We can create a poem, song, or short story with the prompt. The participation of fellow hubbers in this word prompt challenge is admirable. Apart from creating our own responses we get to read a variety of responses from our HubPages friends. This can be quite educative and very interesting for us. We look forward eagerly to the word prompts each week.

This week Brenda gave us the word prompt ‘Clouds’. It brought to mind my younger days when I would just lie in the garden or on the terrace reading a book and my eyes would invariably wander to the sky. I would start watching the clouds moving by and try to guess the shapes they made. Clouds would sometimes look like a human face, sometimes an animal or tree. It would often lead me on into a world of imagination. I was reticent and an introvert by nature and had less friends. Like books, clouds were my best friends, growing up.

Beautiful Clouds

Beautiful Clouds

Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.

— Rabindranath Tagore

Clouds As My Friends

I have always enjoyed observing the clouds in the sky. There is so much beauty in the clouds moving about with gay abandon, changing shapes so often. We can enjoy the sight of the amazing clouds when we are hiking, during sunsets, and on the beach. Clouds are a photographer’s delight. Clouds that bring the rain are most welcome. They revive nature and sustain life. But dark dense clouds look ominous as there is fear of an impending storm. The sunset seems more beautiful when there are clouds in the sky. They change shapes when the wind blows. It is fascinating to watch the clouds change shape. One can gaze for hours on end trying to give a name to the shapes in the clouds.

If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations

— Henry Thoreau

Cloud Watching is Therapeutic

When we feel sad and forlorn, just gazing at the sky and seeing the clouds moving is very calming. We realize that nothing is stagnant, everything changes and we feel hopeful again. Cloud watching is not only relaxing but it also enhances our imagination. It is a wonderful activity for young and old alike. It helps develop focus and imagination in children, and improves their confidence. Just like meditation and breathing exercises, gazing at clouds can enhance the state of our mental health. We usually say we are on cloud 9 when we are happy. It is commonly believed that the expression originated in the classification of clouds by the US weather bureau in the 1950’s. Cloud nine denotes the fluffy cumulonimbus type of cloud that is considered as most attractive.

Quote

Quote

The clouds don’t overthink; they just drift.

— Avijeet Das

Poem-How wonderful to be a Cloud

I never get tired of this view

White Clouds in a sky so blue

Making patterns of many hues

Of shapes and sizes, they choose.


And I wonder and think aloud

How wonderful to be a cloud

To be free and move around

And view everything from above.

Our dreams can reach the sky if we wont drop them

— Sipho P Nkosi

To not think about anything

But just keep drifting

To shine with the sun sublime

To rain and make nature bloom.


How wonderful to be a cloud

Escape from an unwanted crowd

To watch the birds with their flocks

Flying with gay abandon across rocks.

How wonderful to be a cloud

And create amazing pictures in the sky

To bring serenity and quiet to the troubled mind

And To make one feel to a loved one bound.


How wonderful to be a cloud

Reminding all to move on and not fret

over a lost chance or a lost love

Everything changes, forever we cannot hold on

How wonderful to be a cloud

To shine when the sun is out

And to rain on the people loved

When they need it the most.


How wonderful to be a floating cloud

Happy and free floating in the sky

Even if just as a cumulonimbus cloud

Brightening the day when the sky is grey

I want to be the cloud nine

In someone’s dreamy horizon

It is like being in heaven in the sky

Telling stories of divinity within us.

© 2021 VIDYA D SAGAR

Comments

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 25, 2021:

Thanks Rozlin for the visit and comments. Glad you enjoyed reading my response. No it is not late at all. I appreciate your visit. Have a blessed day dear friend.

Rozlin from UAE on September 23, 2021:

Hi, Vidya. Lovely response to Brenda's prompt, clouds. I enjoyed reading prose and poetry too. I saved your article page to read in leisure. Sorry for late comment. Take care.

Blessings and Much Love to you, dear friend

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 20, 2021:

Thank you so much for the kind comments Manatita. Much gratitude. I am glad you liked my poem and how I ended it. I have always felt that nature brings out the best in us and makes us feel connected to the divine. So I love writing poems on nature and divinity within us. Have a great week ahead and stay blessed always dear friend.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 20, 2021:

Thanks Flourish for the kind comments. Yes watching the clouds can be therapeutic. Being stuck at home the past two years, I had also almost forgotten the wondrous things in nature we used to enjoy. Brenda's word prompts have brought back those memories. Here also the hot spell that usually occurs in October has already started. Yearning for some rain now. I am glad you liked my poem. Happy fall days to you all over there. Have agreat week ahead and stay blessed always my friend.

FlourishAnyway from USA on September 20, 2021:

This was lovely. I imagine the clouds doing cartwheels, pulling away from one another and rejoining each other against the blue sky -- very relaxing to watch. Your poem made me realize that it's been awhile since I've taken the time to do this. It's been so hot that I've stuck to being indoors but now with Fall I can maybe enjoy the nice weather again. Beautifully done.

manatita44 from london on September 20, 2021:

You have done a marvelous job, Vidya. You took us to the clouds all right. Soothing, calm and with an inner quality of Light also. Most of all, I loved how you ended, with the idea of divinity within us. Charming!

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 19, 2021:

Hi Lora, your kind comments made my day. Yes I love to watch the clouds change shapes, with my granddaughter now. We keep guessing what they look like and have so much fun. I hope you do the same with your grandson. It is a wonderful pasttime with benefits for both of us. I am glad you liked my response. Have a blessed day and a great weekend my dear friend.

Lora Hollings on September 19, 2021:

An awesome article, Vidya. I enjoyed your wonderful observations about clouds and how they can add tranquility to our lives just by watching them. And your poem was beautiful. You did a great job with this prompt!

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 18, 2021:

Hi Nithya, good to see you and read your comments. I am glad you liked my article and it brought back fond memories for you of childhood gazing at clouds and guessing the shapes they made. Have a great day, and stay blessed.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on September 18, 2021:

A beautiful poem! Watching clouds is definitely therapeutic. When I look at the clouds in the sky I feel uplifted and happy. As a child I used to enjoy looking up at the sky and guessing the shape of clouds with my friends. Your poem brought back fond memories, I enjoyed reading your poem.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 18, 2021:

Dear Pamela, your kind words are very encouraging. Made my day this Sunday morning. Much appreciated. Yes just watching the ever changing snowy, fluffy clouds can lift our moods and make us cheerful. Have a great weekend my friend and stay blessed always

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 18, 2021:

Dear Misbah, your lovely comments made my day. I believe everything in nature is therapeutic and educative. If only we could spend more time in nature. I am glad you enjoyed reading my response. Have a great weekend too my friend, stay blessed always.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 18, 2021:

Thanks John for your kind comments. Yes as a child I was very shy and liked being in natural surroundings. I loved watching the clouds change shape and would spend hours gazing at the sky and clouds. Have a great weekend, stay blessed.

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 18, 2021:

Thanks Umesh, glad you liked my response. Have a blessed day

VIDYA D SAGAR (author) on September 18, 2021:

Thanks Brenda. Your nice comments made my day. Your wonderful prompts inspire us to think and come up with a variety of responses. It is so interesting and educative to read everybody's response. I am glad you liked my work. Have a great weekend, stay blessed.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on September 18, 2021:

Vidya

Thanks for those kind words.

You tell us how you were a shy girl who loved to glance up at the sky watching the clouds.

Clouds were your best friend when you were young.

You tell us how they are a photographer's dream and how the ever changing shapes fascinate your imagination.

You tell us how watching clouds can benefit our well being.

If we are sad the clouds seem to give us hope.

There are moments when we feel like we are on cloud nine...extremely happy.

They actually help develop our imagination & strengthen our foucus.

Your "Poem-How wonderful to be a Cloud" you tell us what it would be like to be a cloud making someone's day a little brighter.

To escape a crowd, to basically feel free.

This is a wonderful poem.

Maybe that's why I like clouds so much.

I wonder what it's like to see everything from their view.

I'll post a link in the word prompt article.

Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 18, 2021:

Very nice. Well composed.

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on September 18, 2021:

Vidya, your commentary and poem are equally enjoyable to read. Yes watching clouds can in deed be therapeutic, and I like a lonely child’s idea of thinking of them as friends. Thank you for sharing.

Misbah Sheikh from The World of Poets on September 18, 2021:

Vidya, this is a wonderful response to Brenda's prompt, 'Clouds'. I enjoyed reading your prose and poetry. It was a very enjoyable read. I also appreciate you for sharing your thoughts about clouds with us. Yes, I also believe they are good friends and therapeutic too. Thank you so much for sharing this beautiful hub. I loved it all.

Have a joyful weekend, dear friend.

Sending many Blessings as always!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on September 18, 2021:

I also believe the clouds are therapeutic. I like that you said the clouds are your friends, Vidya. That is a great way to think of them.

Your poetry is terrific. I love "How Wonderful To Be a Cloud". That is so very clever. This is a wonderful ressponse to Brenda's prompt, Vidya.

I hope you are having a very good weekend, my friend.

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