Spring has arrived here on the north shore, but it’s still being a little shy about it. Days alternate between mild and optimistically sunny to chilly, overcast and rainy. One gray evening a few days ago, the sun found two thin places in the veil of clouds, creating the illusion of two sunsets, one gold and one pink, happening at once, as if we’d been transported to some faraway planet in a binary star system.
For the musically inclined, here is LINK to a beautifully done video montage of inter-stellar images paired with the music of Paul Kantner and Jefferson Starship. The song is the tender rock ballad, "Have You Seen the Stars Tonight" - reprised from the 1970 concept album, Blows Against the Empire, and recorded live at Kantner's 65th birthday in 2006.
To view more skies from all around our beautiful planet, or to join in, visit SKYWATCH. Live links after 2:30 p.m. EST time or 19:30 GMT
The Cloud Messenger (Meghadūta) is a lyric poem by the respected Indian poet, Kālidāsa. The poem centers around a yaksa in exile. Longing for his beloved, waiting for him on a Himalayan mountain, he asks a cloud to take a message to her. The sights he tells the cloud it will see on its way make up most of the poem.
The idea of recording observations appeals to me. I thought The Cloud Messenger was the perfect title for a blog about the journey that we all make as we move through our days.
I'm a baby boomer who grew up dancing in the streets of Detroit during the classic Motown years, lived beside the Rocky Mountains for many years, now retired and living (and writing full time) in S. Ontario. I have one blog for rock 'n' roll oldies, and one for nature, poetry and life along the Lake.