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“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed…It feels an impulsion…this is the place to go now…” Richard Bach

Haiku: Autumn Clouds… Like a wounded bride

Autumn clouds arrived
Like a wounded bride, glumly…
Grey, cold, day and night

When we need to be succinct and practice periods of quiet contemplation, a haiku can’t be beat.Β  Recently, I took some photos of clouds and they made me pause. Nature is so magnificent; it offers miracles everyday.

“But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.” Richard Bach

Haiku: Autumn Clouds… Her gaze followed me….

Her gaze followed me
Blue-grey, white-grey eyes, Steely…
Roiling as the sea

As I watched the clouds, they shifted; sometimes calmly, and sometimes roiling like the sea, as if angry. It was fascinating, and then I felt that deja-vu feeling we get… An ancient feeling; I’ve been here, done this before. More below!

“Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Haiku: Autumn Clouds… Her spirit darkened

Her spirit darkened
When asked what ailed … angered clouds
“Bullies in white shirts!”

What are your thoughts? What does autumn or clouds mean to you?Β  Are you attentive to clouds and their movements? Do you watch them and wonder? What attracts your attention in nature? Do share! Thank you. πŸ™‚

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Weekly Writing Challenge: Easy As Pie. Your challenge this week is fairly straightforward as far as rules go: write about whatever you’d like, incorporating metaphor and/or simile to illustrate and highlight important parts of your story. If you’d like something more advanced, take the bull by the horns and attempt an epic simile, an extended simile that runs for several lines. Homer really liked a good epic simile, so much so that we now call them Homeric Similes; here are a few examples.

*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track with reading and responding to your blogs; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience! πŸ™‚

Positive Motivation Tip: A seemingly innocuous cloud can be rich with meaning if we spend time watching, waiting, andΒ  imagining…Β  Take some time to ponder.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos via Wikipedia or my personal collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. Β©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

48 Comments leave one →
  1. 04/10/2012 7:47 am

    Cloud watching is my fave thing to do! I love the endless views they provide. Very very nicely done…as usual! πŸ™‚

    • 04/10/2012 8:34 pm

      Oh TY Chris and I thought I was the only odd one in these parts. πŸ˜†

  2. 04/10/2012 8:05 am

    Beautiful cloud pics, Elizabeth. πŸ™‚ Love the Haiku, “Bullies in white shirts.” πŸ™‚

    • 04/10/2012 8:36 pm

      And you know what… the muse delivered that one and it was quite apt…. TY! πŸ™‚

  3. 04/10/2012 8:28 am

    You seem to have loads more likes than comments. I don’t remember it always being like that but I always find it strange. Anyway, “never mind all that” as I always say. I was lying in bed this morning looking out at the thinnest cirrus clouds ( I think they are called) and wondering at their delicacy and beauty. As you post intimates. Looking at them can take you to another place full of relection. Lovely

    • 04/10/2012 8:50 pm

      Oh TY Peter… interesting isn’t it? Perhaps they Like me but don’t Love me! πŸ˜† It’s all good!
      I’m glad to meet another cloud gazer! There is something soothing about it and then I watch them move and change shapes…TY for adding your voice. πŸ˜‰

  4. 04/10/2012 9:09 am

    Great haikus and cloud pics. i love clouds almost as much as trees, fascinating!

    • 04/10/2012 8:51 pm

      Same here… and when they change shapes or colors, something inside me moves too. πŸ™‚

  5. 04/10/2012 9:22 am

    I could get lost in those clouds. Actually I would love to at the moment.

    • 04/10/2012 9:13 pm

      Same here, TY! I hope all is well with your laptop Barb! πŸ™‚

  6. Bree permalink
    04/10/2012 5:40 pm

    This is very good and that last line is telling. I had to laugh. πŸ˜‰

    • 04/10/2012 9:23 pm

      I’m glad you cottoned on… TY for your unwavering support! πŸ˜‰

  7. 04/10/2012 6:00 pm

    The Autumn clouds are something to view…
    Preparing themselves for the c0ld air…rain…and snow…
    that will make them full in the winter months…

    • 04/10/2012 11:15 pm

      They are quite glorious in my neck of the woods and the spectrum of colors are plentiful and stunning. πŸ˜‰

  8. 04/10/2012 7:43 pm

    Another great post! These photos are breathtaking.

    • 04/10/2012 11:16 pm

      TY Naomi! It was a particularly cloudy day and I captured quite a few. πŸ˜‰

  9. 04/10/2012 8:02 pm

    Hello Elizabeth, please excuse my absence, life has been a bit of a whirlwind lately.
    I love to sit and watch the clouds and see what objects they resemble πŸ™‚

    • 04/10/2012 11:17 pm

      Hi Jim!
      Glad to see you…. I can relate, it has been hectic for me too so I’m catching up still. Yes, objects they create! πŸ™‚

  10. 04/10/2012 8:39 pm

    Blue skies and clouds are one of my favorite things. Beautiful shots and poetry.

  11. 05/10/2012 5:56 am

    Lovely Haiku

    • 05/10/2012 5:58 am

      Thanks for the haiku like comment! Perfect. πŸ™‚

  12. 05/10/2012 4:53 pm

    Beautiful clouds and love the haiku!

    • 05/10/2012 5:30 pm

      Ty for your kind feedback. I love clouds too. πŸ˜‰

  13. 06/10/2012 1:25 am

    “Like a wounded bride…” – once I saw a portrait “Soldier’s Wife…” – a novel to write about this topic …

  14. 07/10/2012 6:23 am

    Lovely Elizabeth. I tend to be a cloud lover too and find myself paying a lot of attention to nature and love photographing clouds. Our fall clouds have rolled in too here with November like weather. I waiting for it to warm up again!

    • 10/10/2012 7:53 pm

      Ahhhh the joy of early clouds! Do they linger or move? πŸ˜‰

  15. 07/10/2012 5:07 pm

    Beautiful cloud pics! I enjoy gazing at them and seeing what formations they make.

    • 07/10/2012 8:31 pm

      Same here! Isn’t that wonderful!? πŸ™‚

  16. 07/10/2012 11:18 pm

    At the moment our clouds are thick fog…hahahaha not much to see!!!

  17. 08/10/2012 8:07 pm

    I love clouds – they are never the same, even when you stand on the same spot. Your haikus are very expressive. πŸ™‚


    • eof737 permalink*
      08/10/2012 8:26 pm

      Oh TY so much. I appreciate that as I’m not much of a poet. πŸ˜†

  18. 08/10/2012 9:40 pm

    I like to look at clouds and imagine bouncing along on top of them.

    • 10/10/2012 7:50 pm

      I figured you would… my adventuresome friend! πŸ˜‰

  19. 08/10/2012 11:19 pm

    Thanks for an uplifting post. The clouds and the sky is an everyday vision of hope that better things are to come. Beautiful post and love these words, “But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.”

    • 10/10/2012 7:51 pm

      I love that quote too… and it triggered something inside me on cloud gazing. TY πŸ˜‰

  20. 09/10/2012 3:53 pm

    Here in California, we see so few clouds in early autumn that it means quite a lot when then return. It has finally cooled this week from 102 degrees last week to 75 now! The patterns of the clouds, their movement and the play of light against and from behind them, is, as you say, like a miracle of nature. Thank you for sharing such beautiful photos!

    • 10/10/2012 7:52 pm

      TY Karen! I was inspired by the cloud formations and the apt quotes. πŸ˜‰

  21. Maria Teresa Figuerres permalink
    11/09/2015 5:02 am

    Nice cloud shots you have here, sis! I have to admit that I don’t really pay attention to clouds when I’m out of the house. That’s because I’m always in a hurry to get things done. Next time, I’ll make a deliberate attempt to stop and smell the roses and to watch the clouds, too.


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