The Clouds Above Us —

Summer, having finally arrived, is moving along much too briskly!

We are midway through August already. Summer heat, blue skies, green leaves, the slow passage of fleecy clouds — all are rolling past. In another two weeks we will all be having September thoughts.  So, having captured this summer image:

The Clouds Above Us

I want to share a favorite poem to accompany it. Yes, I’ve shared the poem before — but, centuries old, it holds up well. It takes only a moment to read — but a lifetime to live out, if we honor it:

The clouds above us join and separate. 

The breeze in the courtyard leaves and returns.

Life is like that, so why not relax? 

Who can stop us from celebrating?

                            Lu Yu

Hope today is a day of celebration for you!

 
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34 Responses to The Clouds Above Us —

  1. I put a jumper on today. Frightening. The poem is sorta like a long Haiku and beautiful for that.

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  2. So true, opening the champagne to go and sit on the deck and watch the clouds and enjoy life!

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  3. karinjansky says:

    My dear Judith, Just tried to leave comment to this simply wonderful post. Wonderful for me because it reflects my way of thinking/feeling/living at the moment. Feeling like the breeze ” leaving and return”! Which means that you’re always in my mind! And your image – just right! None of my comments went through, having problems again with wordpro….or whatsoever, cannot remember every pass word…..too old fashioned or…. However, hope that this mail will end up at your place. Thinking of you; warmest greetings, karin

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      It did, it did, Karin!
      So happy to hear from you!
      Trusting that the summer is being kind and loving to you. Not a French phrase nor a German one, nor even an English line occurs to me, but this in Italian: dolce far niente!
      I hope, along with all your other activities, you get to do some of the sweet nothing that is the greatest gift of summer. I can’t say I get a great deal, but this poem reminds me to snatch every moment that does come along, and to trust that —- when we are out of touch with those whom we hold in affection — we nevertheless remain connected.

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  4. mybrightlife says:

    A lovely ending to the day. I have just watched the sun go down at half past six…the light is returning and our summer is just around the corner! Yah for long summer days – huge reason to celebrate!

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  5. I was thinking just that today. Summer is moving way to fast. This is a good reminder to rejoice in the days we’ve been given. Party hardy, Judith. 🙂

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  6. suitablefish says:

    here’s to celebrating!

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  7. Pauline says:

    There’s something to be grateful for every day if we only look for it. Splendid poem and photo. See, there are two things right there!

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  8. cocomino says:

    It’s a beautiful word. Have a wonderful day.

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  9. rebekah says:

    Love summer clouds, the poem was new to me! Such true words to live by. This summer has been good to me. In many parts I could cite Carl Sandburg and his poem about fog.

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  10. Patti Kuche says:

    Such lovely words to help us enjoy a little summer every day!

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  11. I’m going to pin that poem somewhere where I can see it everyday. Thank you!

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  12. djmrakiey says:

    the poem goes very well with the image… thank you for sharing ☮

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  13. Madhu says:

    What a beautiful poem! A perfect accompaniment to your summer clouds. off to celebrate life 🙂

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    • Touch2Touch says:

      In what part of the world are you celebrating right now?
      I think of you as a true citizen of the world, Madhu!

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      • Madhu says:

        At home at the moment. Off to Delhi, Agra, Lucknow and Varanasi in just over a week 🙂

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        • Touch2Touch says:

          Oh, my!
          Every single one of those names is one to conjure with!

          My knowledge of India comes mostly from novels of many kinds. Some travelers’ memoirs. And cookbooks — I love food and cookbooks, and of course, Indian food.

          I enjoyed the movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, not as much for the fairy tale story but for the colors, the sights, the sounds, the speed. Amazing!
          A friend of mine went once to India, THE event of her life, I think. She said she felt like for the first time she was breathing her own native air. No, she has no Indian connections — other than this intense bond of empathy. (Her trip was for 10 days to Calcutta, not as a tourist, but living among people.)

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          • Madhu says:

            That must have been amazing! We haven’t traveled around India much. Feel it is time to remedy that, before we run out of time and money 🙂

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