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Poetry Sunday-Sky Painting




Sky Painting


 Splashes of paint on a cloudy morn

Carried like fire, the sky adorned.


Deep purple hues, bright orange splashes

Undulating hints of gray dots and dashes.


Then spread across the deep bright blue

Pictures forming, ever shifting anew.


Now marshmallow fluff, mountains in the sky

Clouds collide painting pictures, rolling by.


The sun creates the palette, the wind is the painter

Seeking new canvas as soon or later,


A new scene emerges with each breath I’m taking

Behold nature’s finest; look the sky is painting.


© Donna Donabella 2014


This poem was created as we were SOARing through the sky at 35,000 feet.  I am always mesmerized by the clouds from high in the sky as well as when the sunrises.  Actually I find the sky paints the clouds best during sunrise.


And given that my new word for the year is SOAR, this poem is the perfect complement. You can read about my word of the year as it will be my guiding force this new year!


I am joining in with Poets United for their weekly poetry link up for poets who blog.  Visit them to read some more wonderful verse.

sky painting



I am also linking in with the I Heart Macro meme hosted by Laura@Shine The Divine that happens every Saturday, and with Judith@Lavender Cottage who is hosting Mosaic Monday.  


fiery clouds

If you enjoy reading this blog, I welcome you to share it with others.  I enjoy spreading the blog love, and I appreciate all who come and read my blogs.  I hope to more overtly spread some blog love through both my blogs in the future. 




Special Note:  The pictures here are from recent sunrises where I watched the sun paint the clouds and sky.



I leave you with a little bit of sentiment about clouds and light.  I welcome you to download the photo and share it.



All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2015.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

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  1. January 4, 2015    

    would you believe that i spend hours just watching the sky changes its colors? i am always amazed everytime the sky paints.

    that was a lovely poem, a reminder that we need to pause sometimes to appreciate nature.
    happy new year!

    • January 7, 2015    

      Totomai I do believe it especially given your stunning photographs. So happy that the poem pleased you. Happy New Year!

  2. January 4, 2015    

    The sky is painting! Perhaps even more so when the audience is so attentive. Bravo! for pics and poem.

    • January 7, 2015    

      Thanks Susan…it is so important to find the right stage to watch…once I do I am very attentive! 🙂

  3. January 4, 2015    

    I liked how, in turn, your words painted the sky for us. Such beauty is a blessing and one we can experience twice daily, weather permitting. Happy New Year!

    • January 7, 2015    

      Happy New Year Gabriella. I love trying to capture the sky painting twice a day…it was easy to paint with words when nature gave me such miracles.

  4. January 4, 2015    

    It really does look like that sometime, doesn’t it? Sky painting…lovely thought….and each day another masterpiece! Happy New Year, Donna.

    • January 7, 2015    

      I couldn’t agree more Mary….I love seeing what new works of art nature provides daily! Happy New Year to you!

  5. January 4, 2015    

    The skies dovetail with your words and with the experience of flying, beautifully!

    • January 7, 2015    

      Oh thanks so much Elena…it means the world to me from such a gifted artist such as yourself!

  6. January 4, 2015    

    Beautiful ~ I love the sky painting and I marvel as the color changes into a new palette ~

    • January 7, 2015    

      Grace I think that is the most beautiful part…the changing palette!

  7. January 4, 2015    

    Such a beautiful painting and lovely poem. Happy new year,, Donna!

    • January 7, 2015    

      Thanks so much Katarina…Happy New Year!

  8. January 4, 2015    

    I can watch the sky changing all the way through traveling by air.. Actually writing while traveling with air is perfect.

    • January 7, 2015    

      I had never tried writing poetry when traveling up in the sky so high…but it was a most glorious process.

  9. January 4, 2015    

    i am truly delighted by my visit here

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    much love…

    • January 7, 2015    

      Thanks so much gillena…I am so pleased…and wishing you a very Happy New Year!!

  10. January 4, 2015    

    I like your word for the year. Hope we all soar in spirit and joy .Your entire post is beautiful. Your words are inspiring and the photos are stunning. You are so talented. Have a Happy New Year!

    • January 7, 2015    

      Oh my dear Myrna you so very sweet to say so…and it pleases me so much that you so enjoyed your visit here. Happy New Year!!

  11. Abin Abin
    January 4, 2015    

    enjoyed your rhythms and images.

  12. January 4, 2015    

    A wonderful poem, I can tell the sunset inspired you. Your photos are also beautiful. You have to catch the moment, don’t you. Ever changing, the sky never stays the same even for a moment.

    • January 7, 2015    

      And that changeability is what keeps me so enthralled with nature! So glad you enjoyed the poem.

  13. January 4, 2015    

    How cool that you followed your resolution to soar with actual flight. I, too, always think of the sky as a painting – it is breathtaking the beauty that is right there, ours all for free – if we only remember to look up!

    • January 7, 2015    

      Absolutely Sherry…we just need to remember to broaden our vision and sight line…glad you enjoyed it.

  14. January 4, 2015    

    I love it. And look to the sky daily, for beauty, for comfort, for magic.
    Thank you.

    • January 7, 2015    

      Soosie I am so pleased that you loved it…we are kindred spirits under the sky! And it is such a vast sky.

  15. January 4, 2015    

    I love your word for the year ~ soar ~ an inspiring one. The sky does paint a beautiful picture ~ sunrises & sunsets are my favorites, too. Wonderful post. Happy New Year, Donna! 🙂

    • January 7, 2015    

      Happy New Year Loredana. Happy that you also find inspiration under the sky and that you enjoyed the post. Here’s to soaring into 2015….

  16. January 4, 2015    

    Beautiful sky colors and photo mosaics, Donna! Happy New Year!

    • January 4, 2015    

      Thanks so much Pat…..Happy New Year!

  17. CC CC
    January 4, 2015    

    Gorgeous…the photos and the words. Not only that, but your personification of the sky and the idea of the sky painting. Absolutely gorgeous.

    • January 7, 2015    

      Thanks so much CC…what a lovely way to describe my poem.

  18. January 4, 2015    

    There is something magical when mother nature takes her brush and sweeps it across the sky. I am a sky watcher and sometimes on my way to or from work I see the most amazing paintings wither from below or above they are all marvelous.

    • January 7, 2015    

      I agree Truedessa. I used to wish I had my camera when I would travel rast to work an hour away and west home…now I can easily catch the colors of the sky.

  19. January 4, 2015    

    Lovely poem and title.. The word SOAR is perfect.. what a gorgeous sky.. I love the beautiful colors.. Enjoy your evening and the new week ahead!

    • January 7, 2015    

      Thanks so much Eileen for your lovely compliment regarding the post…wishing you a wonderful week!

  20. January 4, 2015    

    A beautiful set of sunrises 🙂

    I am a late owl so I don’t often see the sunrise. I do have my moments though 😉

    • January 7, 2015    

      Glad you enjoyed it Cherie….the sunsets also paint the sky beautifully if you see those more often.

  21. Judith @ Lavender Cottage Judith @ Lavender Cottage
    January 4, 2015    

    You’ve painted the picture of a lovely sky with words and photos Donna. After reading today’s poem (yes, took me this long for the question to arise) how long does it take for you to write your poetry? Does it roll from your mind to fingertips or take some persuasion to coax it out? I know from gardening articles that sometimes my fingers would just fly with what I wanted to share, other times I’d be looking through resource books and not getting anywhere.
    Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday.

    • January 7, 2015    

      Thanks Judith. With writing poetry I need quiet reflective time. Sometimes it does just flow and I have to capture it before it is lost. Once it does flow, I usually will write several poems at a time. But I don’t write poetry every day or week…usually in spurts as the spirit moves me.

  22. January 4, 2015    

    Wow…love all the color and prose…

  23. January 4, 2015    

    Eloquent words and wonderful images. The sky is always changing, always inspiring.

    • January 7, 2015    

      I do agree Lorrie…such a wonderful inspiration when we look up to the sky.

  24. January 5, 2015    

    So beautiful words and images, Donna!
    Thank you for sharing!
    Have a lovely new week!

    • January 7, 2015    

      Thank you so much Sara…enjoy the week ahead.

  25. January 5, 2015    

    just beautiful both words and images

    • January 5, 2015    

      Thank you so much for your kind words….

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  27. January 5, 2015    

    I wish I could write on a plane. I just sit there frozen until we land! Your poem was wonderful as always.

    • January 7, 2015    

      I was surprised myself Donna. It was a smooth flight not very crowded and so quiet. Five hour flight so I thought I wonder if I could do a bit of writing…it worked out perfectly.

  28. January 5, 2015    

    I read your poem aloud and it made my ears dance:)
    I’d like to wallow in it:) Thanks for sharing such beauty.
    Skytalk….I could listen all day:)

    • January 7, 2015    

      Oh how wonderful…poetry is best danced to aloud isn’t it! Wishing you many wonderful days in 2015 as you dance under the skies Jennifer.

  29. ann ann
    January 5, 2015    

    I do believe that you will soar this year. Love the idea of freedom to do whatever one must do. Beautiful sky painting. You had gorgeous skies to inspire your verse so nicely written.

    • January 7, 2015    

      Thanks so much Ann. I was indeed blessed with wonderful inspiration from nature.

  30. January 5, 2015    

    Great poem, very fitting with a sunrise or set.

    • January 7, 2015    

      Thanks and I do find the sun so inspirational.

  31. January 6, 2015    

    A beautiful poem Donna!
    I love your photos of the sun painting the sky – magical!
    Happy New Year!

    • January 7, 2015    

      Thank you and Happy New Year Shane!

  32. January 6, 2015    

    Hi Donna, I have written a blog today which includes 5 nominations for a Leibster blog award, I have nominated your living In happiness blog as I thoroughly enjoy reading it. Details if you want to participate are on my blog. Best wishes.

    • January 6, 2015    

      Julie I will check out the award and thank you! And I think I will participate. I view these awards as a wonderful way to promote new bloggers and share the blogging love. I will include the award in my end of the month feature Potpourri. And again thank you for thinking of me and recognizing my blog in such a lovely way! Big hugs to you in this New Year!

  33. January 6, 2015    

    beautiful words and images – but then I love a great sunset. Wishing you all the best for 2015. Thank you for stopping by my blog this week.

    • January 7, 2015    

      My pleasure Jill….and wishing you all the best in 2015.

  34. January 7, 2015    

    oh, you had me at the title….i’m a fan of the cosmos!

    breathtaking photos and colorful words depicting the free and natural beauty of this world.

    thanks so much for this read, it made my morning.

    • January 7, 2015    

      Stacy I am so delighted…and thank you for these kind words…I am so pleased to have made your morning with this post.

  35. October 8, 2015    

    I like the quote, and those colours in the sky are incredible – it looks so angry!

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