Thursday Inspiration — Clouds

For this week’s Thursday Inspiration post from Jim Adams, he gave us the image above and the word “clouds.” I hope Jim doesn’t mind, but I’m taking a shortcut by reposting what I think is a relevant post I wrote on August 17, 2017.

Both Sides Now


“Look at the one on the right. It looks like a flag about to unfurl,” said Jenny, pointing toward the sky. She and her best friend Liz were taking a much needed break from their hike through the scenic, rocky terrain.

“It reminds me of that whirling Tasmanian devil cartoon character,” said Liz. “The one to its left looks like a firework after it exploded and the breeze has picked up the residual and is starting to blow it away.”

Staring at these clouds brings to mind that old Joni Mitchell song,” said Jenny. “Damn, I can’t think of the name of that song.”

“It’s ‘Both Sides Now’ I think,” Liz responded.

“Oh right,” Jenny said. The lyrics talk about looking at clouds.

Liz said, “Yes, I know.” She then softly sang some of the lyrics from the song.

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all

“That’s beautiful,” said.

Both women sat in silence for a while, marveling at the ever-changing, wispy cloud formations as they traversed the skyscape.

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “unfurl,” and for this week’s writing challenge from Sue Vincent for #writephoto. It’s a twofer!

And, as a bonus, here’s Joni’s song.

8 thoughts on “Thursday Inspiration — Clouds

  1. newepicauthor October 27, 2022 / 5:11 pm

    The thing I like best about this song is the way clouds are looked at from both sides, with Joni appreciating the beauty of the clouds and them seeing them as only getting in the way, blocking out the sun and making rain. I wish politicians would consider this song and look at both sides of the important issues, but there are too many Trump extremists for that to ever happen.

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    • Fandango October 27, 2022 / 10:05 pm

      Unfortunately, Republican politicians have now interest in seeing both sides now.

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  2. Ron. October 27, 2022 / 5:51 pm

    One of my fave Joni songs. Very cool piece. Thanks.

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    • Fandango October 27, 2022 / 10:05 pm

      One of my favorites of hers, too.


  3. donmatthewspoetry October 28, 2022 / 2:49 am

    Hey Fan. This relates to Jim’s cloud image.

    It’s Derek and Doris Dodo and and kids having a nap in their own little cloud bubble. How sweet…….

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  4. Nope, Not Pam October 28, 2022 / 3:17 am

    I always see hippos when I look at clouds

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  5. leigha66 November 6, 2022 / 11:43 am

    Great song. I used to find pictures in clouds as a kid… haven’t really had time for that carefree innocence for years.

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