Friday, November 17, 2023

Poem for Thursday and Amazon Cloud Forest

By Sandra Cisneros 

"If you are a poet, you will see clearly that there is a cloud floating in this sheet of paper." 

Before you became a cloud, you were an ocean, roiled and
murmuring like a mouth. You were the shadow of a cloud
crossing over a field of tulips. You were the tears of a
man who cried into a plaid handkerchief. You were a sky
without a hat. Your heart puffed and flowered like sheets
drying on a line.

And when you were a tree, you listened to trees and the tree
things trees told you. You were the wind in the wheels of a
red bicycle. You were the spidery Maria tattooed on the
hairless arm of a boy in downtown Houston. You were the
rain rolling off the waxy leaves of a magnolia tree. A lock
of straw-colored hair wedged between the mottled pages of a
Victor Hugo novel. A crescent of soap. A spider the color
of a finger nail. The black nets beneath the sea of olive
trees. A skein of blue wool. A tea saucer wrapped in
newspaper. An empty cracker tin. A bowl of blueberries in
heavy cream. White wine in a green-stemmed glass.

And when you opened your wings to wind, across the
punched-tin sky above a prison courtyard, those condemned to
death and those condemned to life watched how smooth and
sweet a white cloud glides.


Thursday was chilly and beautiful, though not too cold for hummingbirds. I had a quiet morning doing computer stuff, then after lunch we walked to the beach. When we got back, I did a bunch of chores, then got on my Thursday night Zoom call, though only one other person could make it this week -- it was still nice to catch up! 

I talked to my college roommate for over an hour, since it had been over a month and lots has happened in the world and our lives. Then we started watching the new season of The Crown, which feels voyeuristic and tacky -- maybe I should just go back to The Gilded Age! The glorious upper level cloud rainforest of the Amazon Spheres:

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