A Calm Cloud Passed By



A Calm Cloud Passed by



A calm cloud passed in front of the sun
upsetting the mountain slope
into a wintry burrow,
sheep bleating in the stable.

I hasten my step
rickety scaffold underfoot
my treading aimless,
my gaze adrift, holding the sun in its place.

I must be just as far crosswise
as I’d come in life from my babyhood
a safe way behind, pathways known and guarded
unsung territory ahead.

And dissolution, along the way
someplace between here and the dreary slopes
of the opposite shore,
where the mountain turned grey.

The cloud has passed,
the mountain slope smiles again
yet I know now that an ending
awaits, for rest of my life.



Patricia Furstenberg


With a medical degree behind her, writer and poet Patricia Furstenberg authored 18 books imbued with history, folklore, and legends. The recurrent motives in her writing are unconditional love and war. Her essays and poetry appeared in various online literary magazines such as: Romania Insider, Books by Women, Huffington Post UK, Biz Community SA, Secret Attic,  Poetry Potion (South Africa), Masticadores Rumania (Romania), Gobblers and Masticadores (Spain), The Poet Magazine, Spillwords Press, Lothlorien Poetry Journal, Plum Tree Tavern, Erato Magazine, Visual Verse, Masticadores India, Militant Thistles (The Recusant), The Japan Society Haiku Corner, Medusa’s Kitchen, Academy of the Heart and Mind, Scarlet Dragonfly Journal and forthcoming:  The Kingfisher Journal, Poetry Pea Journal, Kalahari Review. Romanian-born, she resides with her family in South Africa. 


  1. Thank you for this wonderful showcase of my work. I feel honored to visit Ariel Chart today.

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