I find that I am often drawn to clouds. I like to watch clouds drifting in the sky. I feel that I am also like a cloud drifting aimlessly. One of my favourite poems by William Wordsworth began with the verse “I wandered lonely as a cloud that floats on high o’er vales and hills,”
Clouds captivate me maybe because I can relate to its wandering nature. They also have a mystical nature, and do not have concrete forms. They are ever evolving, changing every moment. There was a time in the mid 90s when I felt intensely lonely and life appeared meaningless. I was studying in university after serving 2 years of National Service, during which I felt most days passed by without any sense of real direction. I decided to write a poem called “Drifting” to express the emptiness and depression I felt, which was inspired by a new age music/song called “Drifting” by Suzanne Ciani. You can listen to it here.
A few years ago, I decided to share my poem online here. Today, I still find myself captivated by clouds in the sky, as I feel a close affinity to them and can relate to their nature. I have come to accept my destiny (and reality) that I am forever drifting like a cloud, and I am also learning to see that my destination is in my journey, philosophically speaking. This perspective has helped made my journey in life more bearable (and meaningful) in a way.
The imagery in William Wordsworth also inspired me to take photos of clouds, such as the ones at the beginning and end of this post.
- Skywatch with a Bird’s Eye View (curiosakat.com)
- Favorite Motivational Poem “Daffodils” By William Wordsworth (dshenai.wordpress.com)
- Inspired by the Worthy Words by William Wordsworth (easybreazy.wordpress.com)
- “Cloud #1” by Braxton Soderman (leonardoflores.net)
- Ready for Some Color? (bellaremyphotography.com)
- Great Wealth of Life (goodmorninggratitude.com)
- The World Is Too Much With Us by William Wordsworth (shutesroots.wordpress.com)