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]

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

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