Literary Hook: Poem: Is there a ‘cloud keeper’s school’?

Christine Swanberg
Christine Swanberg

By Christine Swanberg
Author and Poet

Keepers of the Clouds
By Cleo Johnson

The clouds are wandering above us
Looking for a place to land
To release their immense burden of water
Or carry it to the next level

The clouds care not where water is needed
Care not what winds are dispersed
What plants are thirsty and waiting
What life is being drowned or baked

The clouds wait for the whimsical wind
Wavering this way and that, uncertain whether to
Speed up, slow down, stand still, or just dump
Anywhere, unaware of where they are

Maybe there is a cloud keeper’s school
Where advice is given by the oldest dark cloud keeper
Who holds the most water and gives advice
To the wispy, light, or not saturated spoofy white clouds

If so, dark cloud keeper needs to retire
Let the wispys and the swirleys decide
Have it rain where needed
Spread the wet wealth on the growing

Cleo Johnson is retired and still watching the weather and weather reports. She likes to think about what may or not be coming in the way of weather each day. It’s almost always a surprise.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet. She received the Lawrence E. Gloyd Community Impact Award at the 2012 Rockford Area Arts Council State of the Arts Awards.

Posted Oct. 28, 2014

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