to catch a cloud

how do I catch the attention
of a cloud, do you know?
do I go up to the top
of the hill and poke it
with a very sharp stick
or belt it on the head
with a long-handled axe
dance, perhaps
or sing or pray
wrap my words around birds’ feet
send them flying up with my pleas
or do I go out in a boat
and try to catch that magic fish
for which I have but one wish
and it won’t be for a castle
or a crown or the moon
just a merciful downpour of rain
is all I’ll ask for, nothing more
so if you know
please tell me how
how to catch the attention
of a cloud

Clouds by Sergei Rukavishnikov

We’re getting desperate for rain here at Stonebow, I’m ready to try anything :)

6.52 p.m. the next day:
Sergei!!! It worked!! It’s raining :)))

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I write stories. Sometimes I take photos.
The photos of me were taken by Ron Co
The art is by Sergei Rukavishnikov
I’m Australian, and I thank Muds for that.

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  • woodie123
    woodie123over 1 year ago

    wonderful words to the rain god, hope he is listening. If not you`ll be welcome in England, this green & pleasant land.

  • Thank you :) I look at photos of England posted on RB and think how lucky you are. Tasmania is said to be similar to England but I think it’s nowhere as green. From the balcony ( when it’s not hugged in cloud as it is at the moment – we’re in a forest on a hill ) the distant hills and valleys are brown.

    – Alenka Co

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