Posted: October 21, 2014 in Poetry, Travel
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Flying just beyond the edge of darkness
Existence pared to sleeping
     or watching the little screen
while time             
                                                                     i   n   f   i   n   i   t   e   l   y
yet arriving almost before we leave

No sensation of movement
    unless walking the aisles
    when muscles cry for action
      (don’t risk blood clots)

Human peas in a silver pod

Perhaps there are no others


  1. M-R says:

    I can’t think of a better thing to do in terms of flying than write lyrically about it.
    How the devil did you manage that spacing ? 🙂

    • M.R, the only way I can get the spacing is to type my poem first in (for me) Word. Then to force WordPress to keep the spacing, I have to use the “pre” (preformatted) option at the top the post form, where you choose color of background and type, use “more”, etc. Then I switch to “text”, where I then see “

      " (or something like that.)  Anything put between those two will format the way it's copied in, but it will, at least in my theme, have that grey background.  I click between the two so that I have the first "
       on one line, and the other one two lines down.  In the space between them, I copy my poem.  Anything before and after the "pre's" will appear normally.  
      I only found this out through many too many attempts and much anger and annoyance!!  I'd love to not have the background, but I use formatting a lot in my poems and need to keep it.
      Hope that helps!
  2. Been there. Done that. I know how you feel. Great post. 😍

  3. Good Evening: Nice work, esp. the creative use of type setting and setting. Vonn Scott Bair

  4. Tish Farrell says:

    Splendid evocation of being in flight, Janet. Especially like the last line. It concludes, and yet opens up new and mysterious possibilities

    • Good morning, Tish. I’m pleased you liked the poem. The last line came as I was pondering whether the closing needed something else or not and I thought that especially when everyone has the window shades down, you have not idea if there’s anything else out there or not. Thankfully, there was. 🙂


  5. vbholmes says:

    Hi Janet,
    Like your “human peas in a silver pod”–great description.

    • Good morning, vb. Thanks for stopping by and I’m glad you liked that line. I feel bad that I haven’t been by for too long but life has been so busy. I hope all’s well with you.


  6. Dear Janet,

    Welcome back. Glad for safe travels. “Human peas in a silver pod.” I like that.



  7. Cathy Ulrich says:

    You definitely brought back that feeling, Janet. Nice job!

  8. Human peas in a silver pod! I so relate to that feeling. Excellent.

  9. Jan Morrill says:

    Janet, when I was married, I was lucky to get to travel all around the world, so I’m very familiar with long flights. You captured it not only perfectly, but beautifully. I especially liked “Human peas in a silver pod.” Exquisite. I have to admit, I miss traveling. 🙂

    • I’ve done most of my traveling by car, which I very much enjoy, but to get out of the US, planes are a necessity. I’ve been blessed to be able to travel in Europe a bit, starting with almost a year between my junior and senior years in college so long ago. I do love traveling and hope you’re able to get back to it soon.


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