Clouds Tell a Story

Tonight was sky watching and cloud watching.

“These are cirrus clouds.
The high altitude winds make them wispy.
They’re not water droplets, like most clouds.
They’re ice crystals.”

“Oh.  Thank you.”

You see clouds.  I see a bride’s veil,
a thin sweater on my grandmother,
the rolling edge of a wave on the sea,
wishes being carried to heaven.

There are stories here.


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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84 Responses to Clouds Tell a Story

  1. Ritu says:

    Beautiful, Jennie 🤗

  2. beth says:

    you’re so right, I see a giant flower, with all it’s layers and petals

  3. I’m seeing a spirit with a skull head and a trailing garment. Oh, dear . . .

  4. Darlene says:

    So many stories written in the clouds.

  5. beetleypete says:

    I can see your wave, Jennie. 🙂
    We have no clouds here in Beetley. Wall-to-wall blue skies for the last week.
    Best wishes, Pete.

  6. Mchat says:

    Oh .. beautiful 😍

  7. I love watching clouds too.

  8. I see the rolling waves of the sea as well, but, oh, how I love that you see lace from your Grandmother’s sweater, wishes being carried to heaven. 💕

  9. Many stories can be taken from just one pattern. The clouds are very versatile in that regard. 🙂

  10. How lovely! Yes, indeed. Lots of stories carried in clouds. 💙

  11. quiall says:

    That is exactly what I thought! There are stories here. I see an old man with a white beard, he’s hurrying, hurrying, something is amiss…

  12. sandrah says:

    I see the foam of the ocean waves, too, after they’ve crashed on the shore and are receding.

  13. Hi Jennie, I love watching the clouds. I think it is very important to free your mind. My husband laughs when we go away and says I never spot animals first because I’m always watching the clouds.

  14. Lovely, Jennie… ❤ xo

  15. Jim Borden says:

    I’ve always enjoyed looking at clouds and trying to make them into recognizable images…

  16. I love looking for pictures in the sky

  17. I almost see Angels wings. Beautiful sky.

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  19. Such beautiful pictures of the cloud, Jennie 😊😊

  20. Don Ostertag says:

    And a wish carried to heaven….

  21. Prior... says:

    Clouds do tell stories and your post here showed how fun and beautiful it can be to cloud gaze

  22. Norah says:

    Beautiful. I love cloud watching, finding pictures and stories.

  23. Dan Antion says:

    There’s science and then there’s magic – great post, Jennie.

  24. Beautiful, like “ice crystals.”

  25. How beautiful, Jennie, and marvelously poetic. I love cloud-watching. ❤

  26. Ally Bean says:

    Love this. Clouds are always more than they seem to be.

  27. petespringerauthor says:

    I’m playing catch up today, Jennie. Cirrus clouds are underappreciated for their beauty. They make me think of thoughts that come and go.

  28. dgkaye says:

    One of my favorite past times Jennie, reading clouds ❤

  29. AmbersBlue says:

    So beautiful, both the pictures and the words😊

  30. What a lovely verse-good job!

  31. Beautiful wooven into a great poem, Jennie! xx Michael

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