Cloudy Futures #poem #poetry

Here’s another sonnet based on the first line of a more famous example of the genre from Willie W’s pen.. plus some garden and Dog pics to add a splash of colour to an otherwise grey post

I wandered lonely as a cloud

Which is pretty daft for a man of fifty,

Cos, unlike a cloud, and I’m not proud

To admit, I’m not, these days, so nifty

As once I was. I’ve put on weight

Through beer and pies, and grown a paunch

That’s round and hard. I’m not the slight

Young fella, who could down a vat at lunch

With space to drink the same at dinner.

Clouds are lonely, so posits old Will,

Like me, they’re seen as less saint than sinner

Who’ll rain on everyone’s parade, until

The fun stops. But we don’t care, cloudy and me;

We’re what we are: grey, fat, round and free.

About TanGental

My name is Geoff Le Pard. Once I was a lawyer; now I am a writer. I've published four books - Dead Flies and Sherry Trifle, My Father and Other Liars, Salisbury Square and Buster & Moo. In addition I have published two anthologies of short stories, Life, in a Grain of Sand and Life in a Flash. More will appear soon, including a memoir of my mother's last years. I will try and continue to blog regularly at geofflepard.com about whatever takes my fancy. I hope it does yours too. These are my thoughts and no one else is to blame. If you want to nab anything I post, please acknowledge where it came from.
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24 Responses to Cloudy Futures #poem #poetry

  1. Lovely garden shots

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  2. willowdot21 says:

    Great poem, lovely photos 💜

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  3. Ritu says:

    Loved your poem and the pics!

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Lovely photos, Geoff, and such wistful poetry. The dog appears to share your thoughts about aging, but did a terrific job posing. The pooch doesn’t seem that have any hang ups about having a paunch. -Molly

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  5. Elizabeth says:

    Maybe rename it “I wandered lonely as a clod!” A little short round humor from a short round reader.

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  6. My attention has been taken from all that came before by the two green, Easter Island type heads of topiary. Wonderful!! Did you make these?

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  7. Charli Mills says:

    Dog looks so splendid on the green. He’s a standout among the florals!

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  8. Completely brilliant, Geoff.

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