Curious Clouds by Pranav Saranga
Describe the cloud: Brought from the sea, lakes, and ponds, every source of water is evaporated by the sun and transformed into a vapor that rises to the gate of heavens where they are compressed to form a puffy cloud. Comparable to cotton candy in the sky high above the fairs and festivals, herds of molecular droplets of water form a cumulative white figure in the sky. The puffs in the sky are always moving around the world at ludicrous speed. To end its time, it sheds all its water away, to be reborn, and relive the cycle once again.
Describe the cloud: Titanic amounts of mist in the sky signal bad weather for people and animals who live below. It’s like a blanket covering the sky shielding the world from the sun. These clouds stay low, but still high in the troposphere, carrying all the weight of the great amounts of water it has collected through its lifespan. Earlier in its life, it remained at the gates of heaven, but now fallen like Lucifer rains on the people below with its quaking rage. As it rains in small amounts of time, it drains all its water away and disappears. Soon, it dwells on Earth in many pieces, and fair clouds are spun back into the clear skies.
Describe the cloud: Beads of vapor collect together to form the very serious cirrus clouds. Higher than the rest, it lives on the edge of the heaven, above the birds and the planes. These clouds are flat like it has been crushed by the weight of the sky. Seeing these wispy clouds puts you in cloud nine knowing that there will be elegant weather for the mind to admire.
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.