Friday, January 23, 2015

Vagabond Clouds--By Robert L. Hinshaw--United States

Vagabond Clouds

Oh! Fleecy vagabond clouds scudding o'er this turbulent earth.
The things you must witness drifting about its expansive girth!
Arrayed in the heavens by that Benevolent One Immortal,
Such peace and beauty you bestow upon this restless mortal!

For the fleet moment you're in view, you capture my imagination,
As I marvel at the dynamics of your ever-changing formation!
I see majestic ships full o'sail racing before a mighty gale,
Never minding another cottony cloud depicting a languid whale!

Another cloud appears to be a baby angel playing with its toes.
There's a woolly one portraying some little lambs in repose.
Rising o'er the horizon is a cloud imitating a cat a-creeping,
Chasing another cloud on which an innocent mouse is sleeping!

You must dance with glee playing hide and seek 'mongst mountain tors,
And do you weep mournful tears passing o'er lands scarred by wars?
With the help of The Master Artist's brush when your day is done,
Such magnificent robes adorn you in the rays of the setting sun!

As I lie upon this grassy knoll watching you pass in review,
How I love to share my dreams and aspirations with you.
As about this troubled globe you make your eternal bourn,
May you be a calming symbol to a world so pillaged and torn.

Robert L. Hinshaw served 30 years in the Air Force retiring in 1978 in the grade of Chief Master Sergeant. He began writing poetry in 2002 at age 72 and has composed over 1100 poems.


  1. Robert, I loved the personification of clouds and the lovely images portrayed. As always I enjoy your well written poems. So glad you are part of Whispers.

  2. Wonderful setting and view as I read through "Vagabond Clouds." Relaxing and soothing. Thank you for sharing, Robert. Continued blessings!

    -MJ (

  3. For the time it took to write this, you owned the sky, Robert. Brilliant.

  4. Robert: You look at clouds as a psychic looks at tea leaves. You imagined all the joy, turmoil, and despair that clouds pass over in their never-ending parade. Thank you for that imagery and thoughtfulness.

  5. Hi Robert! I envy clouds that have this ability of roaming the skies, beholding all below. Many beautiful things they espy...but they also see things that are not at all lovely. Enjoyed this lovely write of yours. All the best. // paul