for the soul of Bob Grumman
The Cloud Effect
Lightning in a neon glow:
Scraps of astonishment were revealed.
A swarm of red bees that never gives up
followed in succession.
Red embers took the shape of red clouds.
Each cloud was swallowed in a bucket
full of rain water.
Are you still silent?
See! I’m speaking.
At least, I’m speaking
even though I’m speaking in the pocket
of my jeans.
Speech is bigger than a cloud.
Speech is bigger than a bucket.
Speech goes beyond astonishment
because it is rain.
Ali Znaidi (b.1977) lives in Redeyef, Tunisia. He is the author of several chapbooks, including Experimental Ruminations (Fowlpox Press, 2012), Moon’s Cloth Embroidered with Poems (Origami Poems Project, 2012), Bye, Donna Summer! (Fowlpox Press, 2014), Taste of the Edge (Kind of a Hurricane Press, 2014), and Mathemaku x5 (Spacecraft Press, 2015). For more details you can visit his blog and follow him on Twitter @AliZnaidi.