If Clouds Were Beds

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If clouds were beds then I would sleep
upon a cloud that’s soft and deep.
A cumulus cloud, that’s its name,
though as a name it’s rather lame,
because it doesn’t make you think
of fluffy clouds in which you’d sink
like into soft caressing sheets,
nor how you’d lie and dream of treats,
or winning that important game!
So, bed-cloud is a better name.

If clouds were cars then I would race
a wispy cloud, high up near space.
A cirrus cloud is what they say:
that doesn’t seem a place I’d play.
It doesn’t sound a bit like ‘car’
or sound like it could travel far.
I want a simple name that shows
a cloud that goes and goes and goes!
A cloud that’s fast and fun to use,
so, car-cloud is the name I choose.

If clouds were homes then mine would be
one stretching far as you can see.
A stratus cloud is what it’s called,
but that name doesn’t say its sprawled.
It doesn’t say a wide, flat field,
where there’d be ample space to build.
I’d build a house for everyone,
a garden where we’d play and run,
and even an enormous shed.
So, I call those home-clouds instead.

 

 

First published in Orbit, Issue 9, The School Magazine, October 2016.

This poem also appears in Australian Children’s Poetry as a Poem of the Day.

25 thoughts on “If Clouds Were Beds

  1. “If clouds were beds then I would sleep
    upon a cloud that’s soft and deep.
    A cumulus cloud, that’s it’s name
    though as a name it’s rather lame,
    because it doesn’t make you think,
    of fluffy clouds in which you sink,”

    I like this part because it sounds dreamy and I like to sleep a lot. It also says that the name cumulus is lame, which I like. I would really like clouds to be beds. It would be awesome if clouds would actually come to the ground – they already do (fog) but you cant really feel it at all. I really like your rhymes too.

  2. Hi Kristin,

    I wish I could feel a cloud but the only thing I worried is, I am scared of heights. I want to try it one day using a parachute.
    There are lot of rhyming words in the poem. my most favourite pair of lines is
    “A cloud that’s fast and fun to use,
    so, car-cloud is the name I choose.”

    Thanks
    Dinidu

    • Hi Dinidu,

      Thanks for your comment! As usual, it was thoughtful and interesting to read!

      I think I’d be scared to be up in a cloud. Have you ever been in fog? That’s like being in a cloud on the ground.

      Kristin

  3. Hi Kristin
    I like how you put learning in a fun and creative way. We can learn about clouds and have a good laugh at the same time.

    Tharusha

    • Hi Kristin
      I really like this poem because it makes me feel creative and honestly I would love it if clouds were beds. How did you come up with the idea?

      Tharusha

  4. Hi Kristin,
    Actually i think that clouds are made of steam .for example
    if we got a hot large river the steam is coming up so it gose to the clouds and it joins to another cloud then it makes a large cloud.But this is really wonderful dream.i love it .

    • Hi Methuli,

      I like that you are thinking about clouds. They are made up of water vapour, so I couldn’t really play in them, but I like to dream about it.

      Kristin

  5. We enjoyed reading this tonight and Caitlin is going to see if she can find a bed cloud tomorrow. Tate liked the racing clouds… of course!

    Well done, Kristin. It reminded me of a Dr Seuss book with the structure of each line.

    Johanna

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