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The minute he stepped off the plane
he thought of her and how she hated
flying - how the white metal protruded
and streamlined around her,
anxious to be friends;
how the engine gasped in awe
as it buckled the weight of 234
strangers and kept them from floating
away.

She was afraid of crashing and of caring
what clothes she packed in matching
luggage that would not make it home.
She hated the folding trays,
how they all stood at attention
and the smell of mint souring the stewardess'
breath as she leaned in too far with a pack of
pretzels.

He reminded her that the wings were
sturdy girders, not made of balsa wood and floss
like the ones at the museum and that
the drone was some sort of science -
not some strange addiction
or a scheme of addled magic bumping against the
sky
and that falling always took
the wrong kind of courage.
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peridot-magelette Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2012
I just really like the last two lines, here. Nice to see a poem about flying :)
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Dec 22, 2012  Professional Writer
It was an odd subject choice for me...glad you like it!
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Sigma-Echo-Seven Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012  Student Writer
Clever use of anthropomorphism!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012  Professional Writer
Thanks very much - I appreciate it.
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Shades-Of-Lethe Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Superb... Yet another brilliant piece of poetry... You have an amazing signature style, Brendan... so interesting and original... what a talent and insight...
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2012  Professional Writer
That is incredibly nice of yo. I dug up some old poetry I wrote in my teens. The style, while very raw, is similar.
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Mortuelle Featured By Owner Aug 10, 2012
"falling always took the wrong kind of courage"

i like that. what a wonderful conversation that would be...
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Writer
*Smiles* It would indeed.
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undeadfreak16 Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Another great poem! You're an awesome writer. Keep it up!
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Scarlettletters Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2012  Professional Writer
That is very nice of you to say - many thanks!
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