Sunday, October 25, 2009

a sky like this

it won't rain
with a sky like this.

somewhere
sails are filling . . .

a lake is mirroring
the crosshatched silence . . .

the scent of herbs
and wildflowers
is filling a man's experience . . .

much as these clouds
passing overhead
fill my eyes
head and heart.

32 comments:

Titus said...

Beautiful skies and thoughts steven. We are leaden here with a lot (a real lot!) of rain, so this was a very welcome sight.

Reya Mellicker said...

It is indeed a beautiful cross hatch of clouds. So perfect, so fleeting. I love clouds. Thanks for sharing yours with us today, Steven!

Pauline said...

All that lovely blue and white AND a Hal Borland quote (my favorite nature author, Hal lived not half an hour from my home. I often walk his fields and woods and the dirt road that passes by his house.)! A marvelous way to start my day - thanks, Steven.

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

This is most different. I wonder what it means when you have geometric shapes in clouds? I don't think I have seen them before today. Maybe airplane contrails?

steven said...

hello titus - we've had our fair share of wind and rain the last week as well. when the skies part or lift there's a tangible feeling of something similar happening in people! have a peaceful day. steven

steven said...

hi reya, i love skies and clouds - i sometimes wonder if people get tired of them but i can't help myself. it's like the biggest free art event going! have a lovely dc day. steven

steven said...

hi pauline - yep i love the hal borland quote a lot a lot!!!! i'm glad that you enjoyed it. say thanks for me if you see him will you!! steven

steven said...

hi abe - they were natural i'm pretty sure because contrails usually disappear quickly but these stuck around for a while and blew over as a formation. i've seen similar formations before but the clouds were much wider and there were more of them. have a lovely day abe. steven

Golden West said...

Made me think of the old Drifters' song that goes "And at night the stars put on a show for free".

willow said...

Ooo...I love that glorious cross hatching! Looks like you are going to have a lovely day up there. So are we!

(thanks for your kind words on my poetry today, dear friend)

ellen abbott said...

We've had the most beautiful clear blue sky the last few days.

hope said...

I love these shots because suddenly, I'm ten again, lying on my back in the backyard and seeing how many "things" I can see in those fleeting shapes.

Yep, it's definitely peaceful here. Thank you.

Elizabeth said...

WOW !
is all I can manage
as a seriously addicted cloud watcher, I would think these were pretty special indeed.

Richard Jesse Watson said...

Great pics, Steven. It made me smile to see your comment about the best free art event going. I have often thought that the sky is a window into the mind of the earth. We see her thoughts and musings. And thanks, Golden West for the Drifter's quote about the stars. The stars must be the earth's dreams...

Crafty Green Poet said...

what beautiful cloud patterns.... very restful to see skies like that

Jane Moxey said...

What a big and beautiful sky you shared. Thank you! It's misty, cold and grey in the Pacific Northwest this morning. Tons of huge maple leaves making carpets on our pathways, though. I need to go capture them (with my camera) before they turn to sludge.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Are those your words steven? If so they mirror the pictures beautifully. Lovely post to read on a wet day here.

Barry said...

I wish those clouds were over our home too, steven. Instead we have a murky gray sky, with only an occasional hint of blue peeking through.

And you won't catch me writing a poem about those suckers.

I guess I'll just have to enjoy the pictures you posted of yours a little more.

Friko said...

wonderful sky photos, steven, pictures to lose yourself in.
I love looking at the clouds

steven said...

hello friko - thankyou. i often have my head inclined towards the sky - day and night. that way i don't miss the free show!!! steven

steven said...

golden west - your comment tied in so perfectly - my knowledge of early sixties music is so english and so limited. there are so many gems and treasures back there. thanks for this. steven

steven said...

well willow - it's ranged from clouded over and a bruised sky to the north when i was out riding for a couple of hours this morning through to the current sky which is mostly blue with great fleecy grey cloud schooners sailing past!!! have a sweet evening at the manor. steven

steven said...

hi ellen - it makes a world of difference doesn't it!!! i love clouds, rain, sunshine - it truly doesn't matter - but i feel my body and heart lift with the skies. have a lovely evening. steven

steven said...

oh come on now barry - you know they're lovely!!! alright they're not!!! but i truly don't mind them at all. now bring that one up in february will you my friend . . . that's when i'll be sobbing with s.a.d. !!! have a peaceful evening. steven

steven said...

hello weaver - yes those are my own words!! (i try and be careful about citing sources both visual and textual.) have a lovely evening in the soggy dale weaver. steven

steven said...

hi jane - the skies are sometimes so enormous it's hard to imagine they're real. i remember going home to england and finding the skies were so much smaller - as befits a smaller place. have a lovely evening out there jane. steven

steven said...

hello hope - you know i never did that until i was in university and found someone who wanted to share those experiences with me and who gave me the right to enjoy them!!! have a lovely evening. steven

steven said...

oh thankyou so much elizabeth!!!!

steven said...

hey richard!! i love that idea that the clouds are a window into the thoughts and musings of the earth!!! that's very cool! nice triangle with golden west's comment as well. i love those confluences. steven

steven said...

hi crafty green - i love the tumultouous clouds as well but there's something about this blog that lends itself to more peaceful and serene musings. hmmmm. steven

Jennifer said...

My eyes were skyward today as well. Sometimes that expanse is so compelling - and for so many reasons!

BT said...

What a super series of puffy white cloudy skies and thoughtful words to accompany them. A smashing post.