Clouds on the Wind: Poems for the Soul – A Meditation by Gary W. Burns is a collection of restful and uplifting poems on the emotions of finding harmony in and comfort from nature. The book is structured into four parts—Clouds Moonlit; Cloudy Day Doorway; Windswept; and Wind Songs—with a variety of brief poems that lay out situations people might experience while connecting those situations to the sky—stars, moon, day, night, clouds, breezes, and blowing leaves. Intersection between different people or between different moments in life is a cornerstone of the book’s identity, with many meditative thoughts devoted to understanding others. Several notable poems are “Quietly There You Be,” “Leaving,” “Blue Ridge Twilight,” “Smile,” and “Days with You.”
These poems are about more than expression and good use of words—they’re about relaxing. Over and over, I felt stress slipping away from me as I was drawn by a gentle guidance into swirling autumn leaves, dances with the stars, infinite love, and sunset clouds. Gary W. Burns is extremely accomplished and excels in graceful, artistic verses that capture an idea instantly, and the hopeful, but honest tone of his poetry made me nod my head more than once. In “On the Wind” he expertly compares people’s different experiences to birds flying on the breeze, and uses a few, well-chosen words to do it. But the strength of Clouds on the Wind: Poems for the Soul is the sheer beauty of the world it pulls you into and the happy spirit with which you leave it. The book deserves a lot of praise for its resonant elegance, its serenity, and its peaceful approach to life’s realities.
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