Driving home from York as a child: it’s a long drive, nearly three hours. First you cross the Vale of York, then over Bowes Moor from Scotch Corner down into the Eden valley. It’s a lot of wide open spaces and even wider, open skies.
I can’t remember the time of year, though I’m guessing it was early spring because of the cloud formations gathering over the evening in crimson-tinted shrouds.
I spent the entire journey imagining myself up into that sky, where the billowing clouds were unimaginably tall mountains, and the sun-streaks below them a vast, mirror-calm sea.
The cloud-capped towers
billowing bright otherworlds
Written for earthweal
This is my second offering for Brendan’s Otherworld challenge, and it was inspired by another poem posted to that challenge, ‘waterline‘ by Lindi-Ann Hewitt-Coleman. Lindi writes of the liminal space between sky and reflective water. Which took me back to my imagined seas and mountains in the sky.
The photo is not from my childhood journey, but of a sunset over Strunjan, Slovenia earlier this year. And of course ‘the cloud-capped towers’ are from Shakespeare (The Tempest, Act 4, Scene 1.)
I can see why you would be inspired by a horizon that seems so much like a transition that reaches up and back to enfold us.
Thank you Ken, that’s how it felt!
Love the closing haiku, it captures how cloud formations work on our imaginations…JIM
A beautiful journey Ingrid and the skies are so amazing over the Eden Valley – they truly look like a portal to the otherworld 💛
They do – I’m pleased someone read this who has been there 😊
wow what a beautiful journey and halibun to day dream about. I’m going there now❣️👏👏💗
I’ll see you up there 🥰😎 ⛅️
Beautiful. It’s easy to get lost in those skies. (K)
A great place to lose yourself!
I love traveling with you. 🥰 Clouds in our life may not be desirable, but they certainly make the sky more interesting. Love your poem and the use of “otherworlds.” It does seem like with some formations.
Thanks Michele: I’m sure you see some amazing cloudscapes in Arizona sometimes!
Ahh, so wistful. Beautiful freeing landscape.
Thank you Jude ⛅️
This is beautiful Ingrid – holds that dreamy long journey drifting between worlds so well. And thanks for linking me in.
You’re welcome, thanks for the inspiration!
Lovely capture of a beautiful scene, Ingrid!
You’re welcome, Ingrid!
Truly beautiful, Ingrid! <3 Like how you seamlessly incorporated the Shakespeare quote. <3 Lovely photo.
Have a great weekend!
Thank you Cheryl! You have a great weekend too 🥰