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Elegy of the Airplane

A call to a passenger inside

By Mackenzie DavisPublished 4 months ago 1 min read
Elegy of the Airplane
Photo by Bridger Bowcutt on Unsplash

Here I am and there you are.

You can’t see me and neither can that guy,

that stranger sat near to you, pressed

to your shoulder, torturously

beside [read: robber of my intimacy].

The eight year old behind you, striving

against cabin pressure, tossing

herself to regain a blip of comfort

[read: me] she can't see a flicker

of my existence.

Here I am watching you,

you, [feel: without me]

as you plummet through a glowing mountain.

Here I am and there you are.

While you can see more

[read: more],

you can’t see me.

Your gaze falls farther

than my heart has stretched before

Wider than my spirit

can hug your smile

Higher even than my tears,

oh, my tears,

can clear that figure of you in the sky  [read: beyond].

Your eyes don’t fall on me,

and the misted sky is solid to you

and to me, you’re fading away

past, above, and through a jagged, stoic cliff.


I am here, and over there   you are.

You’re zooming past me

at unfathomable speed and I,

I am at the mercy of planetary spin

[read: unfathomable speed] [feel:


Singularly together—

in frame, a moment, till life presses play

and you’re gone, jetting into,

rocketing through, falling past

a blue iced summit in the penumbra of my eye.


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About the Creator

Mackenzie Davis

“When you are describing a shape, or sound, or tint, don’t state the matter plainly, but put it in a hint. And learn to look at all things with a sort of mental squint.” Lewis Carroll

All work is owned by Mackenzie Davis.

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  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarran4 months ago

    Blue eyes summit in the penumbra of my eye! I loved that line so much! This was a very beautifully written poem!

  • Stunning. This poem extends beyond a sorrowful airport departure for me. It gathers loss eloquently, a slow rip.

  • Gerald Holmes4 months ago

    Wow! This is beautiful. I love the way you formatted it. Great work.

  • Sonia Heidi Unruh4 months ago

    Heart stopping!I will remember this poem the next time I face a tearful airport goodbye.

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