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Even though it's overcast

I spend my day taking photos of clouds

while I know it's been done before


and that this suggests a failure

of imagination on my part

I can't help thinking of each cloud as unique


as I'm re-documenting the heavens

I shift focus, to consider the image of a suited man

carried away by a flock of birds


or that scientist who was speaking

about intelligence, attempting

to define it, outside human terms


he was talking about how birds can find

their way across continents, though people

often can't work out, where on earth they are


I'd like to better understand the non-human

but the fact is, I barely grasp our species

with only these thoughts to masquerade as clouds