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    Arranging the Sky (Send in the Clouds)

    The World, created,
    we're told, by Your Hand,
    exists for us to enjoy

    or destroy on a whim.
    Are you too busy
    arranging the sky,

    head in the clouds,
    no matter how
    loud we shout?

    Is it you rejigging
    those clouds, or is it
    just Mother Nature?

    Should we just enjoy
    the shapes, no matter
    what shape we're in?

    O, Creator,
    why do you
    keep us waiting

    like a waiter
    with a dirty towel
    and a bad attitude?

    Christopher T. George



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    Arranging the Sky

    The World, created,
    we're told, by Your Hand,
    exists for us to enjoy,
    or else destroy, on a whim.

    Are you too busy arranging the sky,
    head in the clouds,
    no matter how loud we shout?
    When will the truth be out?

    A simple question regarding
    Cloud Art: Is it you arranging
    the shapes, or is it
    Mother Nature?

    O, Creator,
    why do you keep us waiting
    like a waiter
    with a dirty towel
    and a dirty attitude?

    Should we just enjoy
    the shapes, no matter
    what shape we're in?


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    Very good Chris.

    I hope you'll forgive me posting a classic here? But when in the company of clouds it's hard not to think of more clouds [and daffs].


    I wandered lonely as a cloud
    That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
    When all at once I saw a crowd,
    A host, of golden daffodils;
    Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
    Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

    Continuous as the stars that shine
    And twinkle on the milky way,
    They stretched in never-ending line
    Along the margin of a bay:
    Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
    Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

    The waves beside them danced; but they
    Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
    A poet could not but be gay,
    In such a jocund company:
    I gazed-and gazed-but little thought
    What wealth the show to me had brought.

    For oft, when on my couch I lie
    In vacant or in pensive mood,
    They flash upon that inward eye
    Which is the bliss of solitude;
    And then my heart with pleasure fills,
    And dances with the daffodils.


    William Wordsworth.
    [composed 1804]
    "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."... ... ... Mark Twain.

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    Thanks, Dazza. I've always liked that Wordsworth poem so thanks for posting it.

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    Very good Chris,

    It reminds me of zen poetry - along the lines of....

    Does the sky know that it is beautiful?
    or that it is reflected in the cold mountain lake?
    "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education."... ... ... Mark Twain.

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    Hi Dazza

    Good thoughts there, Daz. Thanks for offering them. I do write a number of Oriental-type haiku and tankas, so that type of poetry is definitely an influence. Thanks as ever for your interest and support!

    All the best

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    Ah yes, Wordsworth. A case of 'nominative determinism' if ever there was one.

    He did of course, in his first draft, have as his first line...

    "I wandered lonely as a cow"

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