In a time of dearth bring forth number, weight, & measure.--William Blake
Describing the wind that drives it, cloud
rides between earth and space. Cloud
shields earth from sun-scorch. Cloud
bursts to cure earth's thirst. Cloud
--airy, wet, photogenic--
is a bridge or go-between;
it does as it is done by.
It condenses. It evaporates.
It draws seas up, rains down.
I do love the drift of clouds.
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Marie Ponsot recently received the Aiken Taylor Award for poetry, given annually by Sewanee Review. Collected Poems (Knopf) will appear in 2015. In 2013, she was awarded the Ruth Lily Prize for lifetime achievement by the Poetry Foundation. Marie was one of Commonweal's poetry editors from 1979 to 1985.