Curious Clouds by Darshita Rakam
Describe the cloud: As white and fluffy as a swan’s wings, cumulus clouds are like the light at the end of a tunnel. Faring close to the ground, they descend the skies like angels from heaven. Sweet and puffy like cotton candy, the cumulus clouds always bear the gift of gorgeous and fair weather. Often accompanying the sun, these clouds will bring everyone fun and let the children play. Like migrating birds, these clouds travel in herds and they keep the trouble away.
Describe the cloud: Craving contact for the land, stratus clouds stoop low in the troposphere. Appearing in monochromatic shades of gray, these clouds usually bestow the burden of dreary weather and display the emotions of depress. Stratus clouds provide endless rain like the tears of a cranky baby. Although these crying spells provide a bounty of crops, the rainy day keeps the children away. The clouds sheets can be compared to the cocoon of blankets where children hide in when a storm strikes. When stratus clouds band together against the dark sky, everyone will pray until the stratus clouds will say goodbye.
Describe the cloud: Cirrus clouds soar high in the sky like mighty eagles with pride. Blessed with many shapes, just like a snowflake, you can observe swirls and curlicues of fluff. They are pure and bright and providing a beautiful sight, the cirrus clouds sag across the bright blue sky. Like a pack of snow-white wolves, cirrus clouds stick together and envelope the skies like silky feathers. These clouds are present on balmy summer days, and always promise a day of fun and play. Though they appear thin, dull, and lifeless, cirrus clouds emit positivity and let you know that it will be a fantabulous day!
Instructions: As a part of descriptive writing class, students were asked to describe three clouds using “facts” and “imagination” by ensuring that the language is creative and fun. Incorporating cloud vocabulary and cloud idioms and metaphors like I’m on cloud nine, my mind is dense like the clouds, etc. was encouraged.