The Face That Launched A Thousand Clouds


Quickly darting through the fiery black sand between a set of dunes I spy you sleeping
caught in some heavenly dream
the passive pout of your lips dripping with balm
your eyelids shut, soaking up light
I glanced across the vast ocean
rushing its way toward the beach
each drop of water
fighting its way to pay homage to your toes
and the sky, noticing your beauty
launches a thousand white clouds
endless rows
moving swiftly toward you like the ships of Greece
to protect your body from the rays that brought down Icarus
or was it you who caused his collide
as he flew from the cliffs of Crete
looking down at you in a past life
struck with sudden wonder
forgetting to flutter his wings

M Chimento

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