Cloud Writing is a poem that reminded me of when I used to sit on the beach and watch airplanes write advertisements in the sky in what I called “cloud writing” as a kid. This poem included 15 random submissions (in bold) provided by the following Twitter players:
@laraca44 (coryza), @eileencan (caisson), @chrystieowens (euthanized), @nischalshetty (buffr), @benwaynet (sunburn), @ptaylor98 (enthusiastic), @rajanbalana (Language ), @pandageorge (tattoo ), @bullishink (tenuous), @kinetic_e (serendipitous), @mamawolfeto2 (antique), @giuliettaspeaks (Decrepitude), @ellanbethia (Hades), @wwm_shakespeare (aerial), @bloggergal1 (experience)
Caisson – For this poem I took a rather rarer meaning of the word Caisson, which typically means a watertight chamber open at the bottom and containing air under pressure, but I found an alternative meaning for caisson which is used as another name for coffer which is how it is used in the poem.
Buffr – referes to the Buffr service online which schedules posts or tweets to release at later dates, it was used to indicate the short and time sensitive nature of the message being written in air.
Spent from an airline caisson
written with antique experience
Serendipitous aerial language
an enthusiastic cloud tattoo
Short tenuous Buffr like message
about curing coryza or sunburn
Euthanized quickly by a strong wind
as if banished to decrepitude by Hades
-Poem by Justin Germino