I Broke Away – Prosery by Paul Vincent Cannon

At dVerse Lillian is hosting Prosery (144 words) with an invitation to use the line “I wandered lonely as a cloud.” from the William Wordsworth poem ‘I wander lonely as a cloud.”

dVerse Poets – Prosery – Winter Be Gone

Photo: from our 2017 road trip through central Australia and down through South Australia, back to Western Australia along the coast. This photo taken along the Nullarbor, the ocean not visible, but further beyond the van is the Great Australian Bight.

“How sweet to be a cloud, floating in the blue.” A.A. Milne

I Broke Away

I wandered lonely as a cloud, not that that is a bad thing in and of itself. I finally broke away from all that encompassing bank of cloud that consumed me, owned me, clouded me. Just one big cloud of everything the same. Sometimes we were white and summery, sometimes grey and uncertain, sometimes black and laden with water. I wanted something else, something more.

I wanted reds, purples, pinks and oranges, colours of excitement, adventure. Colours of day and night, autumn and spring, storm and still. I wanted big and I wanted small. I wanted essence. So I broke away and floated along, determined to discover my cloudness. I wandered lonely as a cloud, and for the first time, entirely happy. Space was mine and I could come and go, and sometimes I need just that, to be far from the madding cloud.

Copyright 2022 ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon
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Filed under camping, Country, Fiction, identity, life, prose, quote

28 responses to “I Broke Away – Prosery by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. determined to discover my cloudness
    And why not. What a fun story of acceptance and growth.

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  2. Nice pun!๐Ÿ˜Š

    Sent from my iPhone


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  3. Yeah, it sometimes is good to breakaway!

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  4. This read like a Cloud Atlas since it had lots of cloud puns and descriptions.โ˜๏ธ๐ŸŒจ๏ธโ›ˆ๏ธ๐ŸŒฉ๏ธ๐ŸŒง๏ธโ›…โ›…๐ŸŒฆ๏ธ๐ŸŒค๏ธ


  5. Space was mine and I could come and go, and sometimes I need just that, to be far from the madding cloud.

    I’m so with you, Paul!



  6. Oh, Paul, Paul, Paaaaauuuuul… MUST you pun?? ๐Ÿคฃ

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  7. “…to be far from the maddening cloud” — LOVE this! LOVE your take on the prompt…you as the cloud. This is so unique!!! I just wish it were posted more in the first 10 so more would read it. Sadly, I find that one doesn’t get as many readers if one is at the tail end of the folks who post. And this is truly so enjoyable, I wish MANY would read it!
    Can’t remember if you’ve participated in OLN LIVE? We’re having one this Thursday from 3 to 4 PM Boston time. For the first time, one can participate in several ways: a) just listen; b) read aloud one of your poems; c) read another dVerser’s poem. We’ve always done a and b…..but for the first time, we can read a poem of another dVerser….with her/his permission of course!

    I will be at my daughter’s on Thursday….so will not be able to attend the entire OLN LIVE. BUT – if you are not going to attend, I would love to pop in and read this aloud for everyone, telling them of course, that you posted it for Monday’s Prosery. Thoughts?

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    • Thank you so much for your wonderful response Lillian. I can’t make the OLN this time and would be honoured if you did get to read it, thank you for offering. I am hoping to get to the next OLN which would be my first.


  8. I like your prosery much better than Wordsworth’s poem.

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  9. You do come up with some surprises. Always look forward to reading your lines.

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  10. lync56

    I so resinate with this poem and I love the twist with words


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