Little Cloud

I don’t know what the weather is going to do. Wild spring winds share the twilight with small snow. Over in the next county, there’s a funnel cloud, but it’s moving slow, and it’s not very big. It’s like a furrow of fast air, just enough spin to show up on someone’s radar, a blip of scarlet purling across an expanse of dark pine green. It seems pitiful and hungry, like a feral animal searching for food in an unfamiliar place. I can feel it trying to show us the bluster of spring’s intermittent thunderheads in defiance of the bitter landscape of winter. If it doesn’t get much bigger, I wouldn’t mind having it around, a tumble of fast air just playing all by itself down in the woods. I could feed it errant tree limbs that other winds would blow down and surplus pine cones that I don’t feel like using for firewood or setting on the mantel for decoration. When spring gives way to summer this cloud could move along, or maybe it could just stop spinning, winding down in a gentle way that wouldn’t hurt anything. (It has a quiet heart, this cloud, not one that roars like a train. It makes a music reminiscent of keys batting against each other on a lanyard or keychain. Playfulness, but with purpose.) In its place would be a tousled spiral of forest floor, loamy earth made messy with weather but not so much that I couldn’t plant something there if I wanted to. Maybe trillium, or moonvine, or something wild and thorny that I haven’t found the name for yet. I’ll know it when I see it: no need to search. These things have a way of finding me.

copyright 2008 l.k. sorrells

Little Cloud

Laurkat

Jasper, United States

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