Clouds – poetic scribblings

Prompted by a friend to write a poem on clouds, I reflected on what they mean to me.  It’s fascinating how thinking about something like this can evoke memories from the past.

I recall when I was at school we had acres of lush green grass, tiered with slopes that we could roly poly down.  The clouds made me think of when I would lay flat on my back on the grass gazing up at the blue sky and fluffy white clouds on a beautiful summer’s day.

I also remember how I enjoyed flying above the clouds for the first time when I was a teenager, looking down on them and seeing fairytale mountains.

The following are the words that have spontaneously come to me.


Copyright 2008, Flickr, CC-BY, via Wylio

Copyright 2008, Flickr, CC-BY, via Wylio




Stretched out on the emerald pillow

The light sapphire canvas blotched with stately mounds

Wishing I was up amongst the clouds

Gliding serenely o’er the world


Zooming beyond the realms of living land

The magical marshmallow mountains

Bestow a safe haven in my mind


Clouds are forever there, bumbling along

Swept by the whipping winds of fury

Today their blackened stains threaten

As the wands of wetness streak down


A passing theme in our lives

A cloudless sky perfection seems

Yet without clouds, life would pass us by

My creativity is stuck!

Since I have not been well my creativity seems to have become stuck – or at least is very sticky.  This is so frustrating as I now have the time to write my story and create more poems. But I seem to have some sort of block that prevents me.  Is it just my state of mind?  Can I just overcome it if I really try?

I was given a wonderful and treasured book on writing when I was first in hospital, and I had already been given a great novel planning book for my birthday.  I started to use these when I first went into hospital in January until I reacted badly to treatment and all activity became impossible, being confined to bed, all wired up and even texting was too much of an effort.  That seems hard to believe now and I’ve no excuse and if I could come up with an inspiring plan for a story that I could really start writing, this would help get me over the coming months of treatment, provide a distraction and enable me to move towards achieving one of my goals of writing a book.

The prompt for this post was a message from a supportive friend suggesting I write a poem about clouds.  My initial reaction was no, I haven’t written poems for ages.  Then I thought, why not?  I can just give it a go and see what happens.  Maybe this is what I need to do, just make a start and see where it leads.  So hopefully I will soon be posting my poem on Clouds.

I know from experience that the way in which we think affects how we are, what we are able to do and how we feel.  We do have control over our thoughts … We just have to remember this and choose positive thoughts.  So the challenge to myself is to stop procrastinating and just start writing.  It can be poems, journalling or snippets of a story that I can pull together later.  The aim is just to get started again … which was one of the reasons I started this blog.  I am open to any suggestions or hearing about your own experiences of what has worked for you.           Happy blogging!