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Art & Soul Short #38

October 27, 2017

 Clouds at Dawn. James Hamilton Shegogue (American, 1806 – 1872). Watercolor over graphite. 6.3 × 12.5 cm (2 1/2 × 4 15/16 in.). National Gallery of Art open access.

 

 

Cloud, Me

 

 

Cloud-spine elongates,

and vertebrae, ribby knuckles,

separate, form a gap 

before the vaporous pelvis. Sky 

flexes and stretches. Clouds 

form and float, wisping into shapes 

that reflect the body,

remind me I am that. That sky 

missing half a side of ribs. 

Whole back now missing sky. 

My cloud self. Sky missing me. 

So far away. So near. Complete and

lacking. Always the there and not.

Always air currents slipping

to dissolve the clouds. 

One last thought. Always

some form blown away.

 

 

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