Come and play with the cloud people

I took this photo yesterday evening of these extraordinary clouds. Well, they look extraordinary to me. I’ve written several poems inspired by what I see here. If you want to borrow it to write a poem or a piece of prose, be my guest.


Against a sky deeper than any blue,

layered light and the still air of the cosmos,

sunlit darkness,


drift the cloud people,

the stories of flying horses,

Freyja’s cats, the winged and warlike.


We point a finger in awe, though there

are no flashing lights, lasers or the

clashing music of the wide screen,


no silver battle ships, racing

faster than light among dazzling

reconstructions of stars.


We pause in wonder,


at the dawn of time.

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Jane Dougherty

I used to do lots of things I didn't much enjoy. Now I am officially a writer. It's what I always wanted to be.

23 thoughts on “Come and play with the cloud people”

    1. It rains on and off all day from early morning but the evenings tend to be calm and cloudless. Every evening I think the weather must surely be changing. Then I wake up.

  1. Yes, the cat, I see it now. The way they curve, the clouds look like creatures with wings. Better than the fiction of spaceships or concert lasers or the like–to say the least.

      1. I’ve been led to believe they’re the same goddess. The difference in the names corresponds to different Germanic languages. In many words that evolved from Old English, an original g at the end of a syllable became a y sound. For example, Friday developed from Old English Frīgedæg.

      2. Could be. There are lots of gaps in understanding, and names and filiation change from one version of a story to another. The female figures don’t appear very often either.

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