Australia · clouds · Mount Warning · poetry · Tweed Valley · winter


The Cloud

The sanguine Sunrise, with his meteor eyes,
And his burning plumes outspread,
Leaps on the back of my sailing rack,
When the morning star shines dead;
As on the jag of a mountain crag,
Which an earthquake rocks and swings,
An eagle alit one moment may sit
In the light of its golden wings.

And when Sunset may breathe, from the lit sea beneath,
Its ardours of rest and of love,
And the crimson pall of eve may fall
From the depth of Heaven above,
With wings folded I rest, on mine aëry nest,
As still as a brooding dove.

That orbèd maiden with white fire laden,
Whom mortals call the Moon,
Glides glimmering o’er my fleece-like floor,
By the midnight breezes strewn;
And wherever the beat of her unseen feet,
Which only the angels hear,
May have broken the woof of my tent’s thin roof,
The stars peep behind her and peer;

And I laugh to see them whirl and flee,
Like a swarm of golden bees,
When I widen the rent in my wind-built tent,
Till calm the rivers, lakes, and seas,
Like strips of the sky fallen through me on high,
Are each paved with the moon and these.
~~ Percy Bysshe Shelley.

4 thoughts on “Clouds

    1. The mountain is south-west of my place, Barbara. The moon was in the north-east when I took the photo. I’d love to get a photo of the moon over Mount Warning! That would be a stunning sight to see. 🙂


      1. Maybe a moonset instead of a moonrise? (But you’d have to get up in the middle of the night or early in the morning…) Sometimes when I open my west-facing kitchen drapes in the morning I can see the moon low in the sky. It always makes me happy. 🙂

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        1. I tried taking a photo of our moonrise today (Wednesday 5th) but it wasn’t close enough to the mountain for you to get the full effect. It looked pretty though so I might post one of my morning moon photos tomorrow. 🙂

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