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Claire's Poetry Corner | May 28


Flying Lesson Dolores Hayden

Focus on the shapes. Cirrus, a curl, stratus, a layer, cumulus, a heap. Humilis, a small cloud, cumulus humilis, a fine day to fly. Incus, the anvil, stay grounded. Nimbus, rain, be careful, don’t take off near nimbostratus, a shapeless layer of  rain, hail, ice, or snow.= Ice weighs on the blades of  your propeller, weighs on the entering edge of your wings. Read a cloud, decode it, a dense, chilly mass can shift, flood with light. Watch for clouds closing under you, the sky opens in a breath, shuts in a heartbeat.

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