Tagged: flying

i get anxious when

there’s a middle school

there’s a middle school
field trip feeling
on those late
afternoon flights
the hum of massive
engines weave between
daydreams, whispers,
and minutes that go by
unaccounted for, like
the names of cities,
towns that
hardly register
.
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it is like the moment

it is like the moment
before landing – the
nearer
you approach
the ground, the
more
you have to
disentangle
yourself

from the sky
to lessen
the pain
.
20101221:2246
y

20080417

fear of flying, part 6
.
children, poor hygiene,
and intrusion into your
personal flight space
.
20080417:2327
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20080415

fear of flying, part 4
.
in a period when an economic
stimulus plan is fingering
the six hundred expendable
dollars in your pocket
it is only fitting
to find out midflight
that the airline has filed
for bankruptcy, has been
bought by a competitor, or
has announced a merger
halfway between
pouring the first cup
of cream and the last
pack of sugar
.
20080415:2347
y

20080414

fear of flying, part 3
.
grown boys in business
suits – now with wives who tie ribbons
to their lost luggage
.
20080414:2350
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20080412

fear of flying, part 2
.
at the end of the escalator
ride towards baggage claim,
a dozen men wait in black
trench coats, each holding up
a sign with a bold magic marker
name, under tight lips a matching
magic marker line – like angels
of death finally coming to pick
us up – from our wager with the skies
.
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(for k)

april crushing –
trading furtive glimpses
through a calculated
slice of doorway
.
20080412:1921
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20080410

fear of flying, part 1
.
why do pilots always have old
elbows, twin crabapple knots
like eyes winking at you as
their strong shoulders grow
smaller into the jet bridge –
bodies that return home after
five days in the skies, just
in time to chide the children,
“you think i don’t have eyes
in the back of my head?”
.
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