VI — Clouds
Into the void, into hazes and mists, vague inchoate streams,
you transient steamscapes spindrift, rejoicing in recondite
Ctenoid  cumulonimbiness  fashioned by thermic baremes …
O cirriform  jottings, scrawled into aether in empassioned white,
Ay, we scan you but fleetingly, poising our eyes to deduce
Familiar shapes in your bayesian  turbulence — however light
We might make of our naïve conceit: parsing skies as a text to peruse
By romantic elites, quaint believers who love to enthuse — and negate
Aerosols, droplets or ice flakes: the evidence scientists use
To decipher your vacuous paradise — that we help populate
with our civilized wheezing, the bilious vice we exhale:
What once was intimate now must evaporate.
- the form of a certain type of fish scale, that has a visible flat edge and a hidden serrated edge, just like a cumulonimbus cloud, flat where we see it and billowing above.
- neologism: "thunderstorm cloudiness"
- a graded scale
- formed like feathery cirrus cloud.
- Named after 18th century mathematician Thomas Bayes, Bayesian probability takes into account reasoned assumptions that emerge as processes unfold — here likened to the gradual invention of meaning when we look for animals or faces in clouds.
News posted on Saturday, May 13, 2017.