Canticle of Clouds
Stratus—stuff and nonsense;
how things tear and frazzle;
A happenstance of riffle and spume; dust and diaspora; in short, the long view.
how things tendril, spindle, and tuft;
The ice- and milt-stippled current; a sigh; the intervention of drift.
Contrail—a stitch in time;
how things linger and fade;
Legato passage, the having been; seam in the collateral damask.
Cumulus—two heads are better;
how things swell and rush
To judgment; the hurly-burly of Moe and Larry; magisterial pomp, pratfallen.
Nimbus—see no, speak no evil;
how things brim and spill;
Part and whole; the unmarked field over a field; pure radiance put to use.
Canticle of the Night Path
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