Wednesday, September 11, 2013

On her way

Rear aisle seat,
Not her preference.
A kiddo with his mother
Seated to her left,
The welcome-safety speech
Lost to their fuss.
While the child was deciding
If eagles would fly higher than plane,
She fell asleep.
She woke up;
To tilting wings,
To dropping height,
And panicking faces.
Faith plummeted.
Prayers rose.
Her father waited at arrival.
Muffled voices over hysteria
Pleaded calm;
Went unheard.
Hands struggled
To release the mask.
She watched
Dream-like;
Too numb.
The reality didn’t register.
For a-minute-and-a-half.
And then it was calm.
Relief flooded her eyes
As she made her way

To the arrival.

22 comments:

  1. I'd hate a trip like that... still it happens.... yuk.. well written

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  2. So terrifying! And this is exactly why I avoid airplane travel :)

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    1. Thank you Janna. It is always a pleasure to hear from you

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  3. God I hate airplanes. I have thoughts like these every time I get on one. And always the kid!

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    1. I like the ease they offer - the time advantage. Thank you so much Kymm.

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  4. Well told, Ruby. I felt the panic imagining the scene. I like the lines - faith plummeted, prayers rose.

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  5. I've been on a plane twice for a round-trip. The return was hairy due to some storm turbulence. Definitely an experience I make a point of avoiding if possible.

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    1. A point of avoiding for everyone :) Thank you Draug

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  6. I was gripping the chair rests of my cubicle seat.

    well done

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    1. Thank you so much Lance. It is good to hear such kind words from you

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  7. Oh my, one of my worst fears. Good take on this.

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    1. Thank you so much Viki and I think such a trip would be frightening for everybody

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  8. I don't fly often, and for the most part, enjoy the trip, but sometimes we hit turbulence that completely makes me wish I had taken a train.

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    1. I myself enjoy train rides more than air travelling. Thank you so much Tara

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  9. Loved the pace and rhythm of the verses. Well done.

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  10. A gripping piece. (And I's hoping "arrival" means a safe landing.) Thank you for linking up!

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    1. Yeah the arrival did mean safe landing. Thank you so much Editors

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  11. Man.

    Oh man.

    The last time I flew I was overcome with anxiety.

    I've been hesitant to get on a plane again!

    You captured that feeling so well.

    I'm thinking Xanax might be necessary next time!

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    1. Oh Sorry for raising the anxiety again. Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts here :)

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