The Clouds Appreciation Society & why a cloudgazer like me will NOT be a member...

And no, I'm not one of the 37 society members from Singapore. (The Clouds Appreciation Society boast of 24,049 members from 85 different countries.)

Reading at the Society's Manifesto is enough to convince me that my other blog, "Because the moon already does another's..." or the more apt URL ""--which so far has featured 146 shots of clouds--may just belong to this 'eccentric' society.

WE BELIEVE that clouds are unjustly maligned
and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them.

We think that they are Nature’s poetry,

and the most egalitarian of her displays, since
everyone can have a fantastic view of them.

We pledge to fight ‘blue-sky thinking’ wherever we find it.
Life would be dull if we had to look up at
cloudless monotony day after day.

We seek to remind people that clouds are expressions of the
atmosphere’s moods, and can be read like those of
a person’s countenance.

Clouds are so commonplace that their beauty is often overlooked.
They are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul.
Indeed, all who consider the shapes they see in them will save
on psychoanalysis bills.

And so we say to all who’ll listen:
Look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and live life with your head in the clouds!

...then again, the membership cost of this society (£4 + postage) is enough to break the spell of a fleeting thought to feel belong to a larger picture.

Nah, I will prefer being a fair, free & feeble cloud of cumulus type than being a high flying cloud of cirrus category which demands a membership fee.

So count me out, The Clouds Appreciation Society! (Not that they're offering a membership anyway. But well...)


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