Empty Clouds

Ambivalence, they said, empties clouds
of water and incense of holy intent,
and yet fear of breathing in tenderness
keeps them choked and dazed.
Their prayer rises on smoke, carried
on fragile flags with scurries of penned
whispers that flap in the changing wind.

Published at Camel Saloon 11 October 2012  http://thecamelsaloon.blogspot.co.uk

Written for Wordle 76, with specific words to be included in the poem. Those words are listed below. To join the fun, pop over to http://sundaywhirl.wordpress.com/

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  1. And yet, we have to keep on hoping someone hears us, don’t we? So much said in so few words. Powerful.

  2. This thought-provoking little gem really sparkles! Spectacular use of all the words!

  3. This is so beautiful, Misky!

  4. The tone of the speaker isn’t ambivalent. Beautiful wordle.

  5. Ambivalence is a terrible thing.. wonderful poem, thank you Misky. c

  6. A very vivid exploration of ambivalence and its constantly altering faces. Love how you end with those changing winds,


  7. This is truly a delightful piece! I love it!!!!

  8. Oh, Misky. This is absolutely gorgeous:
    “scurries of penned
    whispers that flap in the changing wind.”

  9. This reminds me of the Western Wall and the prayers tucked in the cracks. Also of the colorful prayer flags of some Asian religions – flapping with sincere intent.

    I only go where the words lead. Though sometimes I do have an inkling of direction. :) Thanks for your visit and support.

  10. Hey Misk, Nice concise use of the words! Good job. As always. I’m a little slow this week. Hopefully Ill post mine by Tuesday!

  11. This is fantastic! I love, love, love, your opening lines.

  12. You nailed ambivalence. Really nice Misky..

  13. Superb! Provocative and powerful.

  14. Beauty and power in brevity. Love it!

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