Cloud Watching and Card Games

Today the clouds play cards

and their faces are cut by stone, with

glossed over eyes of granite, finely

carved.

I walked by the

Municipal Services Center

where folks pay bills and parking fines and

where that banner hangs calling

Saint Petersburg the City of Sunshine.

I walked by the Newsstand from the

Tamba Bay Times and

in all caps it said,

“Iran Vows Revenge”

and I remembered that book I read, called

“History”, by Jonathan Glover

And I remembered reading on the cycles

of killing

of revenge

of ego

of pride

of killing

of revenge

of ego

of pride

Of how every country chooses these terrible toys

as merry go rounds and theme park rides.

And I sighed as I walked by.

It’s Saturday, January 8th

and the clouds played cards today.

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