I’ve been trying to locate the poem below, off & on, for years, and finally on Tuesday, I found it; just in time to go with this photo I took for SWF. The tiny dotted clouds paired with the long dashes (more like stripes, actually) of sun and shadow on the water reminded me of the poem. I’m happy to be able to include it here. See how well you do; the rhyming should help you find the answers. And if you can figure out the last line, let me know; I still haven’t got it!
Write Your Own Poem by Will Stanton.
There is a land to all men known Where nothing ever stands alone. Where things are always “something and” Connected by an ampersand.
Cup & saucer, north & _ _ _ _ _ Dun & Bradstreet, hoof & _ _ _ _ _ Rough & ready, curds & _ _ _ _ Bag & baggage, Bob & _ _ _
Off & running, neck &_ _ _ Black & Decker, hunt &_ _ _ _ Cloak & dagger, bill &_ _ _ Fair & warmer, me &_ _ _
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.