My father was a skywatcher,
trained since birth
to check the weather first thing
and last. In those last
dim years when all else had left
mind and memory, he’d still stare
keenly out the car window
as I drove him to neurologist
or podiatrist, and exclaim with joy and
satisfaction: Look at those clouds!
And I knew right then
that watching the sky
was a good way to conduct a life--
that reading the outlines of clouds,
lifting a finger to the pulse of
breeze coming your way,
is what can hold you close,
clasp you tight to the thrum.
© by Wendy Ingersoll.
Used with the author’s permission.