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Seasons of Clouds

Kathy’s niece took these pictures of boomers the other night west of Edmonton. Kathy and I talked about what we saw in the clouds. There is a lot in there and yesterday, as I walked, I understood clouds meaning something different during different seasons of life.

The spring of childhood,

Clouds were homes


My imagined friends

Came to life

Nursery rhymes, fairy tale, cartoons

People lived there.

A voice called: “Hurry home before it rains.”

Spring met summer

Romance arrived

A single rain drop touched us

We scrambled

Holding hands

We discovered shelter

In each other

And laughed: “Let it rain.”

The dog days of summer arrived

I looked up

Storm clouds overhead


Please, I need to finish the lawn

Or there goes the BBQ tonight

I hear my voice: “Hurry home before it rains; so much to do.”

In autumn

A safe distance

We view

But, don’t hurry


Real places in our imagination

Together, we share

God’s chair, a child’s face, google eyes

It may rain tonight

I hear my voice: “I am here again.”

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

15 responses »

  1. Great text, staggering images of the clouds. A marvelous post.

  2. All of this, prose and photos, really beautiful!

  3. Very Beautiful – very evocative! Thanks!

    Cheers! Tomas

  4. Beautifully written and photographed. KUDOS, Ivon!

  5. Reblogged this on 4writersandreaders and commented:
    Simply sensational pictures, beautifully captured in Ivon Prefontaine’s poetry!

  6. Great post. Excellent seasons clouds photos. Poem Laudable really.

  7. Just got the iphone yesterday & before I read your post the first thing that came to mind was the icloud feature! Anyway, your post brought back fond memories for me. My son & I used to lay in our backyard and stare at the clouds trying to “see” shapes. Great pictures-talented niece!


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