King of the Castle



King of the Castle


Cloud clusters clamber and cloak

the whitewashed mountains

while evergreens grow


Each conifer striving

to be king of the castle

but only until –

the Sun arrives

and burns off all pretense

Then He calls the faithful to heights

never before attained

where each one

casts down a golden crown

beneath the amber glow

of the Sun.


I am befriending the clouds.  They have their own special beauty.  I hope that you are finding beauty in whatever season you’re in.  We’ve had over three weeks without sunshine… it peeked out for under a minute today while I was in the garden.  🙂  I let it shine on my face!

Golden Glow Blessings ~ Wendy

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46 thoughts on “King of the Castle

    1. Good morning, Paulama! Thank you for offering to send me some warm rays! One good thing about these clouds is that they are holding in the warmth so I can work outside in comfort. 🙂 I may need to take my flashlight outside to take pictures of our snowdrops flowers… Hugs to you Paula! Been thinking of you – take care.

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy xo

  1. Clouds fascinate me. Since I was a teenager I learned the names and types of clouds, and have been fortunate to see some unusual formations, some rare. As always I like how you join words to images.

    1. I’m curious as to ‘whether’ you remember all the names for clouds? The kids and I enjoyed learning about them and even though it was my second time around I still forgot… Our kids seem to have inherited my husband’s good memory. 🙂

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy 🙂

      1. Yes, I do. It drives my wife and Mother crazy because I name the clouds indicating what weather such a formation foretells. But my companions never remember the names so I’m left repeating myself each time. Obviously their interest is very low. Oh well…
        Yes, I noticed the pun, a form of humour I am much inclined towards!

  2. I love all of it, but especially, “He calls the faithful to heights never before attained”–it gives me chills of excitement, hopeful anticipation!! God bless you–love, sis Caddo (Sorry about the 3 weeks without sunshine–good thing we have built in Son-shine, eh?)

    1. I agree,Caddo, He is our sunshine! When my firstborn was a baby I sang ‘You are My Sunshine’ to him a lot. Time flies by so quickly and soon we will too!

      Blessings good friend ~ Wendy xo

        1. I was unable to have children for over ten years…sometimes I cried with joy when I sang it. He loves music and has even done solos in a couple of musicals before his voice changed. He may start singing again since he’s playing guitar now. I sure hope so!

  3. Your photo of clouds is beautiful. I think that when we go without the sunshine for days, it makes us appreciate it all the more!… just like everything else in life. May you have blessed sunshiny days this week, my friend! 🙂

    1. Daisy, your words are so true! Absence really does make the heart grow fonder… Today I spied some yellow crocuses getting ready to bloom for next month – yippee! I’ll keep my sunglasses ready. 😉

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy xo

  4. I love that you found blessings in those clouds! What a beautiful photo too, really matches the poem. You are so good at this, Wendy . blessing us! God bless you!

    1. Thank you, Debbie! I grew up with a moody artist mom who taught me to appreciate nature through her paintings, gardening, and so many other things she dabbled in… I am moody, too, but I have tapped into the Source of Light that keeps the shadows at bay – when I am still.

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy xo

    1. Melody, any pretentiousness I foolishly engage in is burned off regularly as I stumble each day. Having watchful teenagers around helps keep this ‘evergreen’ humble… 😉

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy xo

      1. Ouch – don’t I know it! Add to that a passel-full of inquisitive young students who catch every skip of their tired teacher’s tongue, and you have the recipe for humility. ‘Just add water and mix thoroughly…’ 🙂

        1. Hugs and a chuckle! Teaching is a noble but challenging profession. I admire you, Melody! I only have three students, since I am a homeschool mom, and today I got caught not having a math test marked yet… I don’t think I could handle a real class. 😉 Last week I fell asleep during a biology video and that made them laugh. I went to bed earlier after that…

    1. Enjoy Mexico, Nina! My brother just passed through there recently on his holiday. Everyone is always smiling in any pictures I’ve seen from there. 🙂

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy xo

  5. Such a good piece, Wendy, and so full of marvellous images – “the Sun arrives
    and burns off all pretense.” I love this. It’s only as pretence is “burnt off” that heights can be reached. Your post was an absolute tonic, great photo as well. Thank you.

    1. Thank you, Don! Those trees really struck me as competitors rather than companions with each other. The first is motivated by pride and the latter by Love.

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy 🙂

    1. Thank you! I have been enjoying your haiku. Today I found some photos that are telling me that there are haiku to harvest from them… I hope to do that soon.

      Blessings ~ Wendy

  6. I love the phrase “befriending the clouds”! 🙂 I’m doing the same, especially since my visit to Africa where there were NO clouds, but only merciless sun and heat! Hugs dear Wendy

    1. Calee, at least with clouds you can put on a sweater to remedy the chill. Sometimes in the summer I put a wet garden shirt on so I can stand the heat longer if I’m finishing off a garden project. Clouds are okay. 😉

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy xo

    1. Thanks, Heather! We had a bit of sun this morning 🙂 followed by wind and heavy rain. It made it cozy to be in the house. And it gave me an excuse to relax instead of heading outside. It’s not good to walk on lawns and flower gardens in heavy rain as it compacts the soil.

      Blessings dear friend ~ Wendy xo

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