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Clouds: #Prosery

St. Marks National Wildlife Refuge, Stony Bayou, March 29, 2021

I’ve been down this dike before with you. I often veer off our path gaping at clouds in the wide blue sky, shuttering a desire to leave my bike and explore the bayous. It’s why we’re here, to feel the expanse of nature, the filling of our souls. Often ordinary but glorious cumulus clouds fill the sky.

There are clouds today but these clouds are clearly foreign, such an exotic clutter against the blue cloth of the sky. Thin cotton rolls layer above our heads. Is this what they call a “mackerel sky,” I wonder but don’t ask out loud. You wouldn’t hear me anyway. You’re too far ahead. I always fall behind when we travel this dike. I want to stretch my arms, embrace the whole of the sky. I fall in love with these clouds like I fell in love with you.


I’m participating in Merril’s prompt for dVerse Prosery Monday. Click here if you want to join in. Frankly, I have no idea what I’m doing, but I seem to be attracted to challenges where I’m limited to 144 words or less. I suspect it’s because I’m working on a novel … lol.



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Marie A Bailey

Writer, blogger, knitter, cat lover, and introvert.

41 replies

  1. Lovely, Marie! I’m not counting your words, but as long as you’ve written a prose piece no longer than 144 words, and you’ve incorporated the prompt (which you have), then you’ve done it right.
    I like how you went with the cloth theme in the second paragraph, and I liked your use of “shuttering” in the first because in made me think it could have been an allusion to taking photos.

    It’s a beautiful piece of prose!

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    1. Thank you! I have exactly 144 words (I like to get the exact number … it satisfies the OCD part of my nature … lol). I wasn’t consciously alluding to photography when I used “shuttering,” but I like that you thought of it that way.

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  2. I always enjoy reading what you write so don’t fret over not knowing what you’re doing. I haven’t heard the term a “mackerel sky” in years. Your photo of said is lovely.

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  3. This is wonderful, Marie!
    And darn it… I was gonna go with a mackerel sky, as well… but then, instead of writing, spent the evening on the phone with three different people… till way too late. Now, if I play, I shall have to think long and hard 😉

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