Flying to New Jersey

By on Nov 5, 2017 in Poetry

Multi-colored patchwork fields from airplane window

Slap some wings on me
And I’ll fly easier, thirty thousand feet
Above the ground of dusty shoes.

Seen from above, the San Francisco fog
Has flattened out and spread across the state.
Rivers, peaks and plains

Form the features of its airbrushed terrain.
Suddenly, green land appears,
Sliding underneath a broken coast of fog.

I hold my breath and say a prayer.
Superstition is reflexive; earnest pleadings
Bring a sense of calm as I commend my soul.

The pitch of apprehension fades
When I notice that the air is stale, the quarters
Cramped. Next time, I’ll take the train.


Michael Fraley (San Francisco, CA) enjoys hiking, photography, vintage cameras, and attending his daughter's gallery openings. He has contributed to Ship of Fools, The Road Not Taken, Plainsongs, Blue Unicorn, California Quarterly and The Lyric. He finds community in the many independent voices of the poetry world.