Reverse Clearing

Lorene Delany-Ullman

The flat clouds are a façade
of clouds, collapsed into
a comic book,
a sky that always
promises a cropping
(if given enough water)
and lunch on a park bench
with strangers
because even strangers
will converse
about weather—

all morning
I descend into other parts
of the morning
the skies partly cloudy
along the beaches—
by midday the gloom
will linger inland like fatty tumors
along the spine of low mountains

I can’t avoid the sky,
its ethos of haze or fog—

between allies of pavement,
the sea somehow
maintains its scent, always
this smack of salt

Lorene Delany-Ullman's book of prose poems, Camouflage for the Neighborhood (Firewheel Editions, 2012), was the winner of the 2011 Sentence Award. Her poetry and creative nonfiction can be found in Zócalo Public Square, Tupelo Quarterly, Santa Monica Review, TAB: The Journal of Poetry & Poetics, Prime Number, Lunch Ticket, AGNI 74 and Warscapes.


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