Nine Variations of a Cloud
Looking up, I renounce pity and the sadness of wind.
Only lust pulls and shapes more, diminishing your integrity.
It slips through whenever I try to grab it.
Every phrase is a window glowing at night, surrendered to its frame.
Water in another form is still water.
In whose ruins must you survive?
Another shape, another moment desperately spent.
And still you thrive in diminishment.
Bearing nothing, it conceals.
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“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.