Dragons of smoke, that earthward drift

Harmless, helpless, rise as breath’s cloak

Between mountains, rich, sacred gift

Dragons of smoke.


Killing winds passion, life awoke

Oozed from the wounds, thunderous shift

Gathered reflections, white fire choke


Livid rage, burst echoes adrift

Love dances as heavens blood soak

Stream silent souls, eager and swift

Dragons of smoke.


Written for Poetry Jam

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19 Responses to Clouds

  1. I love it! “dragons of smoke!” I love “between mountains, rich sacred gift” very much. Great write, Alan. I adore clouds……

  2. vandana says:

    Different shades and moods of clouds , I see here:)

  3. They are the dragons of smoke indeed… loved the imagery throughout.

  4. Gabriella says:

    I like your idea of clouds being dragons. What beautiful and vivid imagery!

  5. We are dragons of smoke aren’t we?

    Silent souls eager and swift, God breathed breath’s cloak, life awoke, heaven’s blood our sacred gift.

    Good work!

  6. Dragons of smoke are great images.

  7. Mary says:

    I like the description of clouds as ‘dragons of smoke.’ And that you mentioned that though they are dragons (which sounds kind of ferocious) they are harmless and helpless. Like dragons, they definitely CAN be swift! Nice one, Alan.

  8. brian miller says:

    i am rather a fan of dragons…and finding things in the clouds….that last stanza rocks as well…there is good energy in it…it took me reading it twice but i got you…smiles.

  9. Gillena Cox says:

    looking at cloud shapes, is also one of my passions; have a nice Wednesday

    much love…

  10. I’ve seen those dragons in the clouds too!

  11. Laurie Kolp says:

    Yes, ominous clouds indeed.

  12. love the cloud as helpless, harmless dragons….

  13. peggygoetz says:

    What a wonderful response to the prompt. Love all the images of cloud so well described.

  14. Myrna says:

    Nice. I like clouds, and now I’ll think of them as dragons of smoke. Thanks Alan. What a really good write.

  15. Wendy Bourke says:

    Loved the metaphor. Your choice of rhyme imbues the peace with a lyrical energy – a kind of classical epic pulse.

  16. Helen Dehner says:

    The rhythm in your poem is hypnotic ….

  17. WHAT A GREAT IMAGE i LOVE THESE WORDS Dragons of smoke.

  18. Susan says:

    I, too, like your imagery here … I love how we humans project a mood to clouds as they whirl across the sky … it is a wonderful testament to our collective imaginationood write, Alan!. G

  19. Nick says:

    What a wonderful image: “Dragons of smoke…” I loved reading this, Alan.

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