Flight 253 (A story poem)

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Flight 253 (A story poem)

Post by heinzs » Fri Jan 25, 2002 10:57 am

Flight 253 (a story poem)

In the darkness of the night,
city lights, like myriad stars
in some earth-bound constellation,
mark the passage of the airbus.
At 30,000 feet, in flight,
the wings warp and shake -
their shuddering felt in the seat
as dense clouds finally
obscure the window's view.
The engines roar primeval might -
bringing sleepy passengers home
from diverse adventures.

While aloft the world seems removed -
almost a distant memory
nagging at the back of the mind
like something left as yet undone.
Reality returns soon enough - too soon,
as the plane begins its final approach.
A screech of tires and a bump -
once again aground - gravity bound.
The interminable terminal teems
with tourists - haggling over luggage
like shoppers at a Turkish bazaar.
Thank God for carry-on!

Taxi!  The stale smell of tobacco smoke
permeates the cab interior.
The driver's toothless unwashed grin -
a face from some foreign land -
asks "Where to, miss?" in an accent
that instills little confidence.
Without incident she arrives at last,
tips generously and walks up the path.
In the dark the garden scowls
its disapproval.  The walkway stones
try to trip her by catching her heels.
She stumbles, but recovers well.

Brushing her skirt down, she climbs the stoop
and rings the bell.  Waiting, at 1:00 a.m.,
for an answer that will never come.
She comes to her senses, takes the key
from her purse and unlocks the door.
No one is there to greet her.
"I'm very sorry, ma'am!" the officer had said.
"He died instantly.  He never felt a thing."
Now she must feel the pain alone.

In the darkened room she sits,
staring at nothing on the wall,
waiting for the tardy flood of tears.
Why?  She asks, but there is no answer.
Love's life in an instant lost,
forevermore gone, but grief remains.
She drinks deeply of its bitterness
and ponders her own mortality.

Early morning finds her standing,
unable to bear the sorrow,
before the medicine cabinet.
Could pills become a welcome friend,
her pain at once bring to an end?
Sanity, at the final moment, returns.
Sobbing uncontrollably she sits
alone in the waning dark,
but she will live another day.
One day at a time normalcy will strive
to re-establish a foothold in her life,
and years from now, when her true time comes,
she will be ready to join him
and take, then, that final flight.

12-10-2001

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Post by heinzs » Sat Feb 19, 2005 8:26 pm

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Post by Nancy » Mon Feb 21, 2005 3:19 am

I really enjoyed reading this... kinda like the style of writing I enjoy most... Fantastic Job.

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Post by heinzs » Mon Feb 21, 2005 6:50 pm

It seems that most people don't know what to make of my story poems... I think they are some of my best work, but they seem to fall rapidly by the wayside.

Thanks for viewing this repost of an oldie. I think I'll be bringing up a few more of my older pieces from "cold storage" before I clear it out totally.

Cheers!

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Post by Tom Watson » Wed Feb 23, 2005 3:55 pm

Heinz, masterfully done. Truly a work of art that deserves to be where more eyes and minds may enjoy the flavor of it.

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Post by heinzs » Wed Feb 23, 2005 9:34 pm

Thanks Tom. Some day we should finish your story...

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