“Cloud Meets Considerable Data” by Fan Ogilvie

(sign on building in Boston)

Little white cloud I see from my window does not look like he is going
to meet anyone special cannot touch leafless branches of trees

telephone poles in the field or top of the roof of the house he peers over
not so fast it looks like he is part of a cerulean blue no cobalt

anyway blue sky but we know how far he is from that given
it takes miles to concoct that color in the atmosphere the cloud is

just there right there moving to the rhythm of a Requiem by Verdi
off to the east he floats still intact covered with a fine mist shining

brightly white painfully happy to be alone not filled with any data
from any computer or software still a cloud by any elementary

definition of a cloud ready to lend shape to any wind
sail away on any ocean or disappear into the larger picture.

Fan Ogilvie

Fan Ogilvie

Fan Ogilvie was selected as West Tisbury’s second Poet Laureate in 2009 and served until 2012. In that capacity she organized poetry readings, inaugurated a contest for High School Students, and continued to develop the Featherstone-Pathways Summer Festival of Poetry. She is a part of the Cleaveland House Poets, the longest running poetry workshop on the Vineyard, who will be publishing a second collection of poems from the participants this summer.

Before living full-time on Martha’s Vineyard she established the Folger Shakespeare Library’s Poetry Board in Washington DC, a center for national poets to read and dialogue. She published “YOU Selected Poems and KNOT:A LIfe” in 2008. Her Chapbooks include”the Other Side of the Hill” and “In a Certain Place.” Her poems have been found in Poet Lore, Z’Arts, Fulcrum and online on Fieraligue, The Poet’s Corner and other literary forums. Public readings include the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Corcoran Museum of Art, Georgetown University, The Stirling Library, MIT, Featherstone Center for the Arts, Calliope, among others.
She has taught poetry and developed workshops in DC, New Haven, New York, and Martha’s Vineyard. As she said in a recent letter “poetry is not a static thing we study or do, it’s a jump start into the life of life.”