An Oxymoron Sky

Bright sun, black sky
late this afternoon.
An oxymoron,
Mother Nature’s playful way.
Did she want us to look up?
Take in the last color of fall?
I was captivated.
People walked by, never looking.
I was the winner, others were not.
Lucky me.

“Always be on the lookout for the presence of wonder.”
~E.B. White~


About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty 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 am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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62 Responses to An Oxymoron Sky

  1. I can’t imagine not looking at that sky. Your photo is terrific.

  2. cindy knoke says:

    Lovely words and image Jennie.

  3. beth says:

    wow, what a dramatic contrast and great capture, Jennie!

  4. I love an oxymoron sky! Your photo is stunning.

  5. Love that photo. Those kind of skies always command my attention, Jennie.

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    Beauty is often right in front of us if we’re paying attention.

  7. The light is amazing! I love that you have the gift of “seeing”, and share what you see so we can learn to “see”. 🥰

  8. Ritu says:

    A true oxymoron, Jennie. A stunning, tumultuous sky!

  9. I love that sky and those words. Thanks Jennie.

  10. beetleypete says:

    I always look up. That scene is familiar here too, from driving a car in the rain. I call it “Sunglasses and 2-speed wipers weather”. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  11. I love it when the sky darkens like that, I find myself holding my breath in anticipation…

  12. Norah says:

    I love the title of your post, Jennie, and how beautiful the autumn colours almost glow in the sunshine against the dark backdrop. Yes, you were the winner. Thank you for sharing your winnings with me.

  13. Hi Jennie, how amazing this contrast is. Nature is full of wonders.

  14. Dan Antion says:

    Lucky us, too. You looked and shared with us. Thanks Jennie.

  15. Darlene says:

    Fabulous photo of that sky!

  16. That is a stunning sky! It would worry me a little to see such stark contrast and I have. Great photo of it. Your poem was great too. You do have a way with words.

    • Jennie says:

      I was a little worried, too. But I kept watching in wonder (as the rest of the world walked by in blindness), looking for a rainbow or a storm – I even thought about a tornado, but we never get them here. Finally I realized it was just Mother Nature giving us some beauty. And thank you for your kind words about my words, Marlene. That means a lot. 🥰

  17. The Hook says:

    Mother Nature truly is amazing, isn’t she?

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  19. I love it when that happens! Good one Jennie. 😊

  20. quiall says:

    Mother nature never disappoints! She likes to keep surprising us.

  21. johnrieber says:

    WOW! I had that happen once in Chicago – this dark grayish black cloud came over the city – right out of the movie “Independence Day!”

  22. dgkaye says:

    Gorgeous sky and words ❤

  23. Ally Bean says:

    I love this. The sky demands attention. Very cool

  24. bosssybabe says:

    Wow, phenomenal picture! I love rain on a sunny day… it actually makes me so happy! 🙂

  25. Vibeassist says:

    Perfect reading weather.

  26. dosth2022 says:

    Mind blowing TECHDOSTH.COM

  27. I love those contrasts. You captured it perfectly. I’m glad you got to revel in it, even for a moment 🙂

  28. Love these types of skies!

  29. A great photo, even though i had to look up “oxymoron”. 😉 Thanks for sharing, Jennie! I hope you had a beautiful weekend, and also a good start of the new week! xx Michael

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