Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

Fear of Flying

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I prefer crying

in private.

It’s

 

a messy endeavor,

like falling

asleep

 

on a stranger’s

shoulder, your

mouth

 

discharging drool, enough

to soak

his

 

shoulder, so he

nudges your

cheek,

 

elbow folding your

slack skin,

but

 

your head feels

attached to

him,

 

so he pulls

away, but

you

 

just flop closer,

your body

taking

 

over what little

space he

had,

 

so he squishes

himself against

the

 

plane’s wall, flattens

his shoulder

until

 

it hurts, but

there’s only

an

 

inch between your

fallen head

and

 

him, only one

emergency exit

between

 

him and the

urge to

bail.

 

 

 

Copyright Nov. 14, 2012, Katherine Gotthardt

 

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Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

2 thoughts on “Fear of Flying

  1. LOLOLOLOL! Rich, that’s, er, rich. Thanks for the comment and for visiting!

  2. Hello Katherine! I’ve just learned about the haynaku, and it led me to your blog. I liked this poem because of the clarity of the situation that you’ve managed to paint with words. Oh how I can relate to this–but in bus rides.

    Pardon me for this, but I can’t help but share six lines that crept up on me while I was reading the last tercet of your poem:

    or to ask
    the air
    marshal

    to throw you
    off the
    plane.

    That’s my silly (and mean) streak writing. I guess, what I’m trying to really say is that your poem inspired me. Thank you!

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