Saturday, May 17, 2008

"Sunny Summer Clouds"

Today's entry comes from a Duluthian like me, a poet who read his work on a Prairie Home companion with Garrison Keillor. I'll relate this to the blog theme with the simple fact that I'm sure there are beautiful clouds in Bulgaria...

AMBITION by Louis Jenkins

One of the good things about getting older is that no one asks anymore "What are you going to be when you grow up?" Or later on, "What do you do?" Questions for which I never had a good answer. Nowadays everyone assumes I'm retired, and that I have no ambition whatsoever. It isn't true. It is true that it's too late for me to become an Olympic champion swimmer or a lumberjack, but my ambitions are on higher things. I want to be a cloud. I' m taking some classes and have a really good instructor. I don't want to be a threatening storm cloud, just one of those sunny summer clouds. Not that I won't have a dark side, of course. I'd like to be one of those big fat cumulus clouds that pass silently overhead on a beautiful day. A day so fine, in fact, that you might not even notice me, as I sailed over your town on my way somewhere else, but you'd feel good about it.

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