Talking to Clouds


Francisco Gomes de Matos – TRANSCEND Media Service

Let’s look at the clouds that go by
and ask them to learn from the sky
Why do so many people die
When the terrible virus to overcome they try?

Let’s ask the clouds to explain how
we should keep our expectations high
and rather than only cry
tell our Faith: away don’t fly

Let’s learn humbly to sigh
when clouds greet us from the
That is a blessing: find out now!


Francisco Gomes de Matos, Ph.D. is an applied peace linguist from Recife, Brazil. He has degrees in Languages, Law, and Linguistics. He is Professor Emeritus at the Universidade Federal de Pernambuco where he is active in the Dom Hélder Camara Human Rights Commission. He is one of the pioneers in Linguistic Rights (author of 1984 Plea for a Universal Declaration of Linguistic Rights) and in the emerging area of Peace Linguistics. Currently he is President of the Board, ABA Global Education ( He can be reached at


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