before take-off

i settle back into my budget airline seat
i shall be occupying for the next seven hours
i close my eyes, and
nestle deeper, feeling unexpected ease
it does not bother me
that all i can hear is carry-on bags scraping into
overhead compartments
because i listen the way
i would listen to the river in country Victoria
her current fast above the pebbly bottom
just listening to my fellow passengers
shove and fidget, wriggling into the narrow space
clicking in their seat-belts, trying to get comfortable
knowing among us some are going to spend Christmas
in a foreign city, others with family, or
at the airport transit lounge in-between, that
somewhere down or up the aisles across prestige
someone else too is finding rest on the tarmac
in this metal encumbrance soon to launch 30,000 feet above the ground
as people around us are arranging their neck-rests
removing their shoes, setting up their tablets
we lean into ourselves
as if upon a soft pillow, indulging
in ruthless solitude — nourishment,
connection, truth — and slip into
the crowding presence of sleep

14 comments

  1. Beautiful poetry.

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    1. Thank you, my friend. Merry Christmas! πŸŽ‰

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      1. Merry Christmas! πŸ™‚β„β„β„β˜ƒοΈ

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  2. Awesome scene… and great expression Vera…πŸ‘:-)…off to vacations?πŸ––πŸ˜ŽπŸ™Œ

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    1. Thank you, Sundaram! Yes, back to Singapore for the seasonal break. Merry Christmas, dear friend!

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  3. Great…merry Christmas my friend… Enjoy!

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  4. Merry Christmas, my dear friend. I hope the journey brings you much love and happiness. Lots of love, Isabelle ❀️

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  5. Your words capture something far more true than any mere “holiday travel” narrative ever could, Vera.. We are there on the flight with you. Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, and much more!

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    1. Thanks so much, Mitch! And here is sending you and the family warmest wishes for the New Year!

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  6. I do so love the way you describe experiences. As I can place myself in that seat, awaiting a new trajectory through time and space, upon awaking . . .

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  7. This is nice. I traveled over 120,000 miles last year. Lots of slipping into the crowding presence of sleep along the way.

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    1. That’s a hell of a lot of miles. That’s equivalent to 32 times the distance from Melbourne to Singapore. If I travel only once a year, and solely on a return flight from Melbourne to Singapore, it will take me 16 years to achieve that mileage. πŸ™‚

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      1. And then again, very few miles in 2020. Do I miss it? Nah!

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        1. πŸ™‚ good for you!

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