Poetry: Flight Procedure

by Saga Darnell

She straightens her legs, buckles her seat belt

Presses back hard against the seat

Tray table up, bag under the seat



headphones, magazines, safety directions

In the seat pocket, in front of you

Point to emergency exits

Fasten your own mask,

before helping those around you

Inflatable slide on either side of the aircraft, prepare for takeoff

Little pink houses become identical boxes become pinpoints become


41,000 feet up and she is finally free

How Much?


thought I must leave your side, I will come to you

another way

Search for me in the fallen stars and you will find me.

Fall with me, and I will fall forever


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