Monday Morning Musings:
“I would build a cloudy House
For my thoughts to live in;
When for earth too fancy-loose
And too low for Heaven!”
–Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “The House of Clouds”
“I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all.”
–Joni Mitchell, “Both Sides Now”
Striking in their billowing shapes, watch them drift, the clouds.
Somehow relaxing, to see them shift, the clouds.
On a beautiful afternoon in July,
we walk, a blue bed is the sky
for puffy clouds to lay upon
transient, seen, and then they’re gone—
like the inhabitants who once held sway
on these cobblestone streets, walked each day–
in daily life and times of strife they lived in these houses
with children, relatives, with their spouses,
Elfreth Alley, Philadelphia
do their spirits yet walk here under moonlit clouds
shy, hesitant, or fierce and proud?
I must ask my friends who once lived herein
if they ever encountered such ghostly denizens.
We watch a movie about a baker of cookies and cakes
who travels under a cloud, with a life that’s fake
but ghosts and memories bring new love–
(The pasty looks delicious, but the story hard to convey
without giving too much away.)
We eat pizza and drink wine while the weather is fine—
against more green, blue, and white, we sip and dine
taking advantage of this unusual meteorological blip
before the storm clouds roll in and the forecast flips—
Auburn Road Winery,
Salem County, NJ
which it does, the skies turn grey
the white clouds drift away
and I build cloud houses from my thoughts
turn them away from should and oughts
Raining on the Ben Franklin Bridge
but I dream of houses with stairs to nowhere
or perhaps from here to there,
if only I can find the right paths (or footwear)—
a dream with goals and friends and cats,
and if there’s unfinished business—
well, I can live with that.
His work is done. Sweet Dreams.
I’m sorry about the spacing here. I can’t quite figure out how to fix it.
People still live in the homes of Elfreth’s Alley. You can read about it here.
We saw the Israeli movie The Cakemaker. Trailer here.
We went to Auburn Road Vineyards.