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Cumulus, Fog, and Stratus, as you scud,
tumble, and blow, guard over dear Brierre.
Shelter her. Be a cushion when she falls,
a beacon when she’s lost. Answer when she calls.

Keep low. Stay close, like mud
to a shoe, or a reflection to a mirror.
When she stops, either to take
a drink, hoping that water will slake

her deeper thirst, or catch her breath,
or think before choosing this or that path,
stay with her. The wind says you’re allowed
to recruit her: her lightness,

mutability, independence, and brightness
surely qualify her to be a cloud.

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Rex Wilder is the author of Open Late: New and Collected Poems (Chatwin Books), and Boomerangs in the Living Room and Waking Bodies (both Red Hen Press).

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