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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Write in the POETRY genre (05/17/07)

TITLE: Cloud Creations
By Verna Cole Mitchell


Through tattered curtains of green leaves,
A landscape floats on high.
So blue and white and beautiful
Are clouds against the sky.

A group of chubby young-boy clouds
Plays tag or hide and seek.
They get behind their mothers’ skirts
And then lean out to peek.

A flock of soaring eagle clouds
Glides ever gracefully
To follow in whatever path
Their leader may decree.

A gathering of army clouds
Might march on stormy days,
Their guns exploding as they come--
They’ve bold and frightful ways.

A cloud parade goes passing by,
Led by an elephant,
With many kinds of animals,
And all are different.

A brood of chicken clouds will hop
With feathers sticking out.
They’re sheltered by the mother hen
Who leads them all about.

Some cloud teams are adventurous
As they climb out of sight.
They bravely travel everywhere
In sun-bright day or night.

A school of clouds swims slowly by,
Together as they ought.
They have no fear as fishes do
Of ever being caught.

Imagination is a gift,
As well as God’s creation.
The cloud formations He has made
Provide us inspiration.

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Chrissi Dunn05/24/07
This is a very visual piece. I can imagine all the cloud formations. I also liked your concluding phrase. Well done.
Donna Howard05/24/07
Wonderful images! It brought back memories of my chidhood, lying in the yard with my sisters, looking for all sorts of imagery in the clouds. What fun we had! Thanks for the reminder.
Cheri Hardaway 05/24/07
This is very creative! I enjoyed reading it. I especially love the description in the first stanza, which pulls the reader right into the scene. I felt as if I were lying on my back looking up through the leaves overhead, watching the clouds go by... Nice work. Blessings, Cheri
Rita Garcia05/25/07
Thanks for this inspiring poem!He is awesome!
Clarissa Barge05/25/07
Hi! I really enjoyed reading this poem because CLOUDS have always interested me. I always LOOK for something in various clouds: Images, creative viewing, etc. It seems like there really IS a message in each CLOUD we see in the sky. Thanks, I'm going to pay even more attention now!
Sharlyn Guthrie05/25/07
Playful and fun! Nice job.
Mo 05/25/07
Nicely done!
Rhonda Clark05/26/07
This is fantastic. I smiled as I could imagine the cloud creations.
Dee Yoder 05/26/07
I like your poem very much. The personalities you gave each set of clouds are imaginative, which is the whole point of cloud watching! Very nice.
Joanne Sher 05/26/07
This is so playful and delightful. I found myself smiling from the first word to the last. Very visual and fun.
Leigh MacKelvey05/27/07
All the above and more ...!
I felt the motion of this poem as I read it. There is so much movement in it and I could feel myself drifitng by as a cloud! Very visual and such a joy to read. Nice job!
Jacquelyn Horne05/28/07
Thanks for the cloud-watching. I was moving right along with you.
Betty Castleberry05/28/07
This is my favorite kind of poem. Nature-related, rhyming, and descriptive. I could see the clouds. Thank you for this well done piece.
dub W05/30/07
Brought a smile. Very creative. Thanks.
Donna Powers 05/30/07
Wonderful! I could easily imagine the cloud formations. Thanks for sharing this
Patty Wysong05/30/07
I love watching clouds, too. You added the magical touch to them!
Loren T. Lowery05/30/07
Love this because I can so well identify with it. I like the point you made in your last line "Imagination is a gift,
As well as God’s creation.
The cloud formations He has made
Provide us inspiration." because it shows that poetry can be found (if we look) in our everyday lives.
Edy T Johnson 05/30/07
Oh, this is beautiful. I love it. A winner in my book, this goes into my favorites. I hope you write lots of poems and let me know when your book is published. You have just earned a spot on my list of FaithWriter nominees for next Poet Laureate of the USA [^_^]
Bryan Coomes05/31/07
This felt light and fluffy in a good way. Reminding me of the simplicity of the pure, untainted awe and wonder I felt, (and am now joyfully reminded of with my son), at the clouds when I was a boy. Thank you for taking me back :)