Thursday, October 2, 2008

The Night Before Skywatch

‘T was the night before Skywatch, and all through the land,
every blogger, preparing a photograph grand;

Their cameras were perched in empyreal places,

in hopes that sheer beauty would soon fill those spaces.


So, morning chores finished and laundry begun,

I marched ‘cross our field on the heels of the sun;

Scanning high, peeking low, in the world I did roam,

and with every thing captured, found my way back home.

When out o’er the pond there arose such a clatter,

I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter.

The grass was still wet with dew of the morn,
And I thought it a shame better boots I’d not worn.


To the edge I ran quickly, wildly looking around,

Past the tops of the trees, for the very loud sound;


When what to my wondering eyes should appear,

But a huge floating boat, boldly labeled, “Goodyear.”


Goodyear blimp passing over our pond

Now on to the next spot, now dash away, bright,
"Happy Skywatch to all, and to all a good night."


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61 comments:

Kyle said...

Best SkyWatch post I've seen/read yet! Absolutely wonderful, Nina!!

Klaus said...

What a nice blimp of a post! :)
Like it!
Cheers, Klaus

Miss Sandy said...

How fun! Loved the poem! It is so nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by for a cup of "coffee" yesterday. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

cestoady said...

AWESOME !!! --- rather,destined to become a SWF classic.

swamp4me said...

Thanks, Nina. I needed a smile today.

Yen said...

That's pretty cool! Nice shot:) My SWF is posted HERE. Happy Sky Watching!~

Picturing of Life said...

nice shot

I hope you stop by at my SWF post also in HERE. Thanks

Anne-Berit said...

Really wonderful!

Rose said...

Great poem!

Photo Cache said...

You take the cake with your poem. Cheers.

imac said...

Great shot from the ground,
After all your looking around,
Enjoyed the verse in your post,
1st class you can surely boast.

Ivar Ivrig said...

Great idea for Swf. Have a nice weekend :-)

Coloradolady said...

This was great. Love the shot of the blimp. You are very clever indeed.

Beverly said...

Serendipity...ain't it grand?

You're a hoot! I just love to visit here...

Mike said...

Brilliant, Nina!

reluctantfarmchik said...

How creative - really enjoyed it and your picture too!

Old Wom Tigley said...

:O) Hi Nina
Well I have a smile from ear to ear... I am well impressed with this poem, and I must ask for your permission to print this out for my wall... this as given me a big lift after a very hard and tiring week or two.
Thank you.

Tom

Carole said...

Ha! An interesting photo AND a poem. We are twice blessed today. :)

Leora said...

Great poem! Now did you take the picture first, or did your write the poem and search the skies for a Goodyear blimp? ;-) I see the trees are getting redder and drier.

leslie said...

This is great! Love how you introduced the photograph! Looks like fall is definitely on its way in your area. Mine too, but first come and see some brilliant blue at The Photologue. :)

Carletta said...

What a catch and I smiled all through the poem!!
Hope lots of people see this - so many will relate to your words!

babooshka said...

I haven't seen one of these for years. A very nostalgic image for me.

bobbie said...

You have out-done yourself! Really great poem, and your photo was grand.

Susie said...

Okay, I loved this poem. So cute and creative. Great photo as well. I saw one of those when I lived in Atlanta. I think they are interesting to watch. It doesn't take much to entertain me.

eyestothesky said...

Fantastic! What a great way to share skywatch! I just loved it! I gonna reread it now! Happy sky watching!

Alan said...

Very cool Nina!

Annie said...

Ah, thank you Nina..you are very clever..that was fun...you will have encouraged us all to break out into rhyme next time..see I am almost doing it already!

Annie

Eddie D. said...

That's fun!

ellen b said...

Good eye capturing the blimp. What a funny name "blimp" have a great weekend...

Lisa at Greenbow said...

I agree with Kyle. You made my heart dance.

fishing guy said...

Nina: How cool to catch the GY Blimp, we see it often in NE Ohio.

Shellmo said...

Cute poem - great photo!

Pearl Maple said...

Oh too funny use of the poem, Sky Watch Friday is only as fun as well all make of it and best all, everyone has been finding such intersting things to show us from their corner of the world.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

awesomely wonderful poem (wish I had that talent LOL) and great photo! how cool is that to have a morning blimp visit!

leslie said...

Hi Nina, sorry you were confused about SWF...my photos are on my blog called Photologue and I accidently put up my Pedalogue link.

I don't know how to put a link in comments but my SWF is at:

http://leslievancan.blogspot.com/2008/10/bridge-to-infinity.html

Mary Hughes Studio said...

That's the first blimp I've seen on SkyWatch tonight! Nice photo. I just want to say I enjoyed your Hummingbird Journal. I'd never seen a nest and they are just amazing. They are such facinating creatures. I think ours have left for the winter. It's been very very quiet at the feeder today.

Denise said...

Perfect, perfect, perfect! Loved your post, the photo was super, the poem was grand.

A Very Happy SkyWatch to you, and to you a Goodnight! What a hoot.

I go to my bed with a smile :)))

Fish Whisperer said...

Great posst and a really great poem.
Cheers

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

Good one, Nina. As I began reading the poem, I was NOT expecting the blimp! Great fun.

Torsdag said...

Nice to see an aeronautical fossil in the SKY. Beautiful shot.

Reader Wil said...

Your a great poet! and the photo matches well with this poem. Very good! The best text on skywatch I have ever seen! Thanks!

KatDoc said...

Nina,

Do your talents have no end? Beautiful prose, beautiful photos, and now poetry. Terrific Skywatch post!

~Kathi

Arija said...

Good for you! That's a really good paraphrase, I enjoyed every line. Thanks, I also liked your photo.

bevson said...

Wonderful poem! I did expect a blimp at the end.

nina said...

Tom--I'm delighted you enjoyed it--feel free to print it for your wall!
You have done so much for so many by bringing us all together to share in this way--I'm glad it made you smile!

I'm sure many recognize the framework of Clement Clarke Moore's 1822 "Twas the Night Before Christmas" verses.
They're the first that popped into my head as I heard the commotion over the pond, and scrambled to see what was floating along up in the sky!
The rhyme's a little tricky--not too many words rhyme with blimp, dirigible or Zeppelin!

Mary said...

HA! Love the poem. :) Happy Skywatch Friday!

D Herrod said...

Very cool especially the blimp.

Quiet Paths said...

Har~! I loved it. Great post.

Dave Coulter said...

Cool! The sky with something extra! :)

Jenny said...

Hi Nina
LOVE the poem. Wish I had a way with words......oh well! (-:
Thanks for stopping by my blog and therefore introducing me to yours!
I hope you don't mind if I add you to my blogroll...
Allthe best
Jen

afanja said...

What a wonderful shot with that blimp above the trees.
And a nice poem too!

Wren said...

Bravo, Nina! The poem is a hoot. You are a woman of many talents.

We had the DirectTV blimp overhead last week, but I wasn't lucky enough to capture it in a photo (I almost said "on film" - how quaint).

vincibene said...

Cool! The poem and the blimp!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Ah now that takes me back to my youth in England, I would see this regularly - great shot and poem

birdchick said...

LOL!

Loved the poem and the shot! Seeing the blimp reminds me of growing up in Indianapolis. Goodyear was a staple during race season.

Gretchen said...

Great poem! :)

Dar's Foto Faze said...

Great blimp shot! Happy SWF

esnorway said...

nice pic have great weekend

Gail's Man said...

Novel variation of this well known poem. And an unusual picture as well.

SandyCarlson said...

That's a fun revision of the Moore classic! Love the blimp, too.

Celeste said...

Great skywatch post! You had me wondering what it was you were going to see.......!