Blue bottomed vapor puffs

hover over shadowed mountainsides

a storm brews


the highest peaks dissipate under

cover of  thunder claps, rain sheets;

charcoal shades join, fade,

deepen, soften and


above ridgelines.

Minutes ago the sky was endless

wide big blue broken only by

sundrenched mountain chunks, summits

a gentle breeze just brushed

the skin,

dogs dove for shade,

stroller wheels squeaked on sidewalk,

spandex emerged on roadbikes.

Now a gale gusts

dogs scatter

trails clear of strollers, spandex

and the clouds–the clouds!

only here in spring

wild rocky mountain spring