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J.D. Deutschendorf
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Tuttle, Oklahoma
73089-7937
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  the taste of clouds

today the clouds
danced close against
fields too young to reap.

so close it seemed
that with just one
extra-ordinary leap

you could touch them
with your fingers as
they sailed serenely by;

you could taste them
with your tongue stuck out and
lick them from the sky!

oh, I have hurdled
heavenís vault;
with joy Iíve raced the wind

in naive dreams;
too young to reap;
where everyone ascends!

yet lately, though
Iím older and I
stoop beneath the sun,

I keep waking in
the night, the taste
of clouds upon my tongue!






from: At the Waterís Edge
Copyright © 1997, 1998
by J.D. Deutschendorf