On the Innocence of Clouds


we are fuzzy thoughts

that scud your cranial space


cotton-wool water

fairy-floss ice


wall-to-wall mackerel ripple,

we come in twenty six species


slow eyelashes of the sun

tasselled white air carpets


wind’s wing feathers

woven tufty milk


high-ploughed furrows

raking dunes of open sky


transporting spiders, rain

portents of absence


grass-bedded lovers gaze at us

plucking daisies for a sign


we infuse mists, people, poems

with shimmer and breath


shed light-filled shapes

at the drop of an electric snake


chameleons, clowns contain

the chemistry of our principle:


praise water

travel light


[first published in Island No. 119, December 2009]


~ by Peter Lach-Newinsky on January 9, 2010.

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