Busting Clouds

In rock-ribbed pools
and sheen of shore,
grey and white reflections
meld into ice-blue cirrus skies.
Wind tumbles
in a cumulus of sighs,
ripples silhouettes
of crabs and shells,
busting bits of bone
and nimbus whales,
exploding into fins, teeth, tails
and sea clouds.

© Kim M. Russell, 2016

My poem for dVerse Poets Pub Quadrille, where we take any meaning of one word and transform it into 44 poetic words.

Today, I am the barkeeper, your humble host, and have asked you to write a poem of exactly 44 words (not counting your title), including the word cloud.

I have been inspired by two of my favourite singer songwriters, Joni Mitchell and Kate Bush, and the image of one of a group of paintings by a friend of mine, Norfolk artist, printer and community librarian Maria Pavledis, who you can find on http://mariapavledis.com/




66 thoughts on “Busting Clouds

  1. Lovely captured moments. So many of us go down to the sea when in reference to clouds. Sky watchers, like music, are universal entities. I like your title & your lines /busting bits of bone/and nimbus whales/. reminiscent of Whitman.

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  2. “In a cumulus of sighs” — oh I do love this line! Wonderful bits of description bring me so clearly to the sea. And then “sea clouds”. A wonderful write and just a great word for today’s quadrille!

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  3. Beautiful, Kim, and love how water and sky become one through your lovely descriptions. I remember studying cloud formations in elementary school and cirrus were my favorite…those wispy strips of white against the blue sky. Thank you for hosting us today.

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    1. Yes, poetry is our voice and we must use it! Every time I see creatures killed and maimed by stupid oil spills and other man-made disasters I want to scream IN CAPITAL LETTERS with lots of !!!!!! and ****!

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      1. Yes, I’m certain it would. And in this age of speed and quantity, I’m certain that you could find someone and create one fabulous creation. 🙂

        The question is, ‘How much more of your self and of your work, do you want to share with the world?’

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    1. Thank you! You could name the dance, e.g. Clouds do the cakewalk / the cha cha cha / perform the can can or you could have them pirouetting or forming arabesques. These are some ideas that came to mind. I hope you find a metaphor you like!


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