Robert L. Peters

22 March 2009

On clouds…




Somerton, U.K.

I’ve always loved clouds—while cloudless skies tend to leave me nonplussed. So it was with considerable pleasure that I stumbled across The Cloud Appreciation Society today. View a gallery of nearly 5000 cloud images here. Following is the Society’s manifesto…


WE BELIEVE that clouds are unjustly maligned

and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them.

We think that they are Nature’s poetry,

and the most egalitarian of her displays, since

everyone can have a fantastic view of them.

We pledge to fight ‘blue-sky thinking’ wherever we find it.

Life would be dull if we had to look up at

cloudless monotony day after day.


We seek to remind people that clouds are expressions of the

atmosphere’s moods, and can be read like those of

a person’s countenance.


Clouds are so commonplace that their beauty is often overlooked.

They are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul.

Indeed, all who consider the shapes they see in them will save

on psychoanalysis bills.


And so we say to all who’ll listen:

Look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty,

and live life with your head in the clouds!

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