Away

First published in Lights #1, April 2020, from Pleasure Boat Studio, page 97. Originally written on 6 August 2019, in the air between Chicago, Illinois and Greensboro, North Carolina. See also “Night Flight.”       +

eastward-bound—
a gibbous moon
reflecting on the wing

        lights of an unknown town
        through a break in the clouds

the sun’s last rays
catching the fuselage
of a jet above us

distant thunderhead
glowing for a moment
with lightning

        rumours back home tonight
        of the aurora borealis

sudden turbulence . . .
in the dark
I whisper your name