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Monsoon Poem

Updated on May 19, 2011

Rain Clouds

Storm Clouds
Storm Clouds
Indian Monsoon
Indian Monsoon



Before the Storm

The scattered leaves
shook with life
and flung the air
with swirls of dust;

swept the trees
and swayed their heads,
brushed the skies
with thick grey clouds;

layer on layer
menacing black,
moving in waves
and waves to attack;

an army rushing,
horde upon horde,
whirling and swirling
the dust on the road;

leaping and tearing,
snapping dry branches,
banging the windows
and doors;

with a lull...

the wind
its breath
for the storm.

© Tan Pratonix

Monsoon Clouds

Boys play with a soccer ball on ground overgrown with weeds as monsoon clouds hover over, Kathmandu, 8/27/09 (AP/Gemunu Amarasinghe).
Boys play with a soccer ball on ground overgrown with weeds as monsoon clouds hover over, Kathmandu, 8/27/09 (AP/Gemunu Amarasinghe).
I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud: ...And Other Poems You Half-Remember from School
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Cloud Poetry, Cloud Appreciation

I thought I should add some text here, so that you could appreciate my poem 'Before the Storm' in the context of 'cloud poetry' and 'cloud appreciation' across the world. Some of the great cloud poems are:

1. The Cloud Messenger, a famous Sanskrit poem, written by the great classical Indian poet, Kalidasa, around the 5th century A.D. One of the oldest and best translations of this poem and of the writings of Kalidasa is by Arthur W. Ryder. There are other translations of Kalidasa's works available on the Internet, but I don't think anyone can match Ryder for his brilliance.

2. Some of the English poets have written famous poems on clouds, such as Percy Bysshe Shelley, whose poem, The Cloud, is studied by students of English Literature at the college level in most countries of the British Commonwealth in Asia.

3. William Wordsworth's poem, Daffodils, is learnt by heart by lovers of poetry even from a very young age.It begins: 'I wandered lonely as a cloud, That floats on high o'er vales and hills...'

4. I believe there is some excellent cloud poetry by the Chinese and South-East Asian poets, but we need to get our hands on some good translations of their works.

5. The website has 20 poems describing dark clouds. Some of them are pretty good.

6. There is also a Cloud Appreciation Society where cloud paintings and cloud poetry are put up for your edification. The site is

©Tan Pratonix


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    • sunilkunnoth2012 profile image

      Sunil Kumar Kunnoth 

      5 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

      Sweet one. I just loved it. I am glad to say that I too have penned on this topic. Thank you for sharing your feeling here.

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      5 years ago

      it iper it

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      Skyler DeCristoforo 

      5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I find that there's something captivating about the clouds. Sometimes i can watch storms for hours and be just blown away. Awesome poetry!

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      5 years ago

      It is the best poem, i have ever saw.

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      6 years ago

      Thanks Tan. U shook my mind and heart. I liked this poem very much.

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      Sweta Rani 

      6 years ago

      Best poems.

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      6 years ago

      nice poem

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      6 years ago

      oh yes true essence of climate

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      Akshay nanaware 

      7 years ago

      Give me monsoon poem

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      7 years ago

      it is very nice to see this page

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      7 years ago


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      susan beck 

      8 years ago from drexel hill,pa

      Again- great images-- not the typical cliches. The reader gets a true sense of scene and range of emotion. I hope you don't mind me saying this, but I think you should continue to write poetry at this new juncture in your life, and not give in to the voice in your head-- the one that might be telling you that this is still the best and only poetry you have to give. There is always more, and age and wisdom can only improve what is already there-- true poetic sensibility and talent. I hope you don't mind me getting personal like this, but after reading some of your posts, I'm under the impression that you haven't written any poems since your younger days and these are so good, I think you should. Either way, I enjoyed it. Thanks for posting.

    • Pratonix profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Asia

      Thanks, Tyrone. Be blessed.~

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      Tyrone Smalls 

      8 years ago from Edi, Isl.

      U took me there!! Great writing!!!!

    • Pratonix profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Asia

      Thanks, Miss Kim. Glad you liked this poem. I wrote it almost 40 years ago!

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      8 years ago

      Wow, this is great. Reminds me of the hurricanes we have here.

    • Pratonix profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Asia

      Kalto, I wrote this when I was 17 or 18. Glad you like it. Blessings to you. :)

    • kaltopsyd profile image


      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      Very nice! I like this one, Pratonix! Great descriptions.


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