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J.D. Deutschendorf
717 Cedar Springs Dr
Tuttle, Oklahoma

  the taste of clouds

today the clouds
danced close against
fields too young to reap.

so close it seemed
that with just one
extra-ordinary leap

you could touch them
with your fingers as
they sailed serenely by;

you could taste them
with your tongue stuck out and
lick them from the sky!

oh, I have hurdled
heavenís vault;
with joy Iíve raced the wind

in naive dreams;
too young to reap;
where everyone ascends!

yet lately, though
Iím older and I
stoop beneath the sun,

I keep waking in
the night, the taste
of clouds upon my tongue!

from: At the Waterís Edge
Copyright © 1997, 1998
by J.D. Deutschendorf