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Poetry and Pictures - Weather

Dutch painter Jan Vermeer painted the town of Delft, Holland where he lived for his entire life (1632-1675). Above the town, he painted stratocumulus clouds in the sky.


They say a picture is worth a thousand words. But just what words?

We'd like to invite you to submit your own poem about this month's featured Weather image. Be as creative and expressive as you can! And check back next month to write another wonderful poem about a weather image.

by Ruby, New Mexico, USA

Shadows of the spires
Pierce the shoreline
But reach in vain for the heavens.
Stratocumulus undercuts
Cumulus, turning the
Earth colored walls to apricot.
Will it rain?
The walkers gamble
And continue their stroll.

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