Zachary Richard  

Cloud Signs

Cloud signs across the sky
     not fog but distinct
     shapes of the Great Hand
     from the East to the West
     same as sun hidden
     beyond cumulus speech.
Clouds say: "Journey all
     becoming what is held
     dissolving into fog or
     shearing into thunder
     roar of vapor,
     trail of life and death."
Clouds of peace and gentle
     motion memory clouds of
     war. Dark clouds and
     light clouds lighted
     by the sun.
Clouds here and there a
     piece of infinite blue.


          II

Thieves of warm ray
Thieving warm, hidden
     in vapor breast.
Shivering world below.


          III

Not weight mighty
     heavy leaden water
     moist nothing of power.