cloud advances

where exactly is Muskegon 
it sounds like the beginning 
of a joke about flyover states 
to this crinkly coastal ear 

for now, it's a horizon 
white caps drawn on 
dark blue undulation 


the sky is here and there 
as higher heights see 
what the moon is doing 
from a great lake away 

behind, Orion and the 
three-point belt 
ahead the smoke creatures 
reveal blue-gray out of their dirges 
thanks to the visual doppler effect 

bad science references blow 
away on the fast ferry's wind 
while what counts for a sunrise 
is the dimmer on a soft cloudlamp

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