Nine Variations of a Cloud

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Nine Variations of a Cloud

1
Looking up, I renounce pity and the sadness of wind.

2
Only lust pulls and shapes more, diminishing your integrity.

3
It slips through whenever I try to grab it.

4
Every phrase is a window glowing at night, surrendered to its frame.

5
Water in another form is still water.

6
In whose ruins must you survive?

7
Another shape, another moment desperately spent.

8
And still you thrive in diminishment.

9
Bearing nothing, it conceals.

“Nine Variations of a Cloud” first appeared in Kindle Magazine in December 2015, and was also included in Gossamer: An Anthology of Contemporary World Poetry.

 

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34 thoughts on “Nine Variations of a Cloud

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  2. There is such a fascinating tension here with the clouds sometimes being implied/incidental to the otherwise important features of the scene, sometimes comprising an “it” which acts, and sometimes addressed as a “you,” who endures.
    Sometimes, poems that contain these kinds of inconsistencies feel confounding, and inscrutable — but in this case, what is elusive and/or concealed, is the point, which I find really compelling. The clouds have their own grammar, and there is nothing we can do to wrangle them into a semblance of order — rather we can willingly abide their mystery, or unbecomingly project our own sense of “diminishment” onto them. Hmm…

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