I remember hearing one day, a line from a poem, ‘I wandered lonely as a cloud’.
Little did I know at the time it was the first line of a poem by William Wordsworth, and mentioned something else, daffodils, and I had a moment where a memory came back from when I was about five, gathering daffodils in a field behind the house we lived in.
But, how often is it we look at clouds and try to make them into something else we’ve seen before?
Clouds are the subject of many conversations, like he’s got his head in the clouds, not literally of course in this instance, just that he, or it could be a she, if far removed from reality.
Dark clouds are associated with ill will and infamy, e.g. he was born under a dark cloud. I heard my grandmother use that expression once, and wondered what she meant by it, because, being a child, it was a literal interpretation, that dark clouds brought heavy rain, and he go ‘very wet’.
I’ve been caught out by dark clouds too, misjudging how long before they arrive, and it always seems like next to no time before you, and the washing on the line get a thorough soaking.
These days, the cloud now means something else entirely, though based on an old analogy, that we store our computer files in the cloud, which simply means at a remote location on someone else’s computer. With file sizes the way they are, it’s not practical to store them on our own smallish computers.
And, isn’t it fun when you are flying through the clouds?
In those cases, going up or going down in a plane, it’s a very bumpy ride, and isn’t it quite strange when you are flying above the clouds, or can just see mountain tops appearing through the blanket of white.
Of course, you can have your head in the clouds and not be off with the fairies, if you are on a mountain when the clouds have come down so low you can touch them. Sometimes it’s called mist or fog, but there are such things as low clouds. I’ve seen them.
And, as for a single cloud as inspiration…
The story starts,
I was sitting down in a quiet corner of the park, the sound of children playing just audible in the background, along with a lawn mower, and the distant sounds of civilization.
I wanted to get as far away as possible, but in the concrete jungle that was not possible.
IT had bene a difficult morning, juggling customer complaints with the the call from the girl I thought was the one, but who had decided we were going in different directions and it was time.
Yes, we were literally going in different directions, she was heading off to Boston to start a new job, one that she only just decided to tell me about.
Was I disappointed? Just a little. Was it inevitable? My best friend thought so, and had said he had noticed a change in her. I had too, but was hoping it was a passing phaze.
I looked up, and there was a single cloud moving slowly across the sky, perhaps chasing after others that had passed before it.
Was it an omen. Would I become like that cloud, alone, always chasing after the impossible dream?
My phone vibrated, and I took it out. A message.
It was from the girl once of my dreams. I had not expected to hear from her again.
It was a short message, just one word.
© Charles Heath 2021