Anne Harding Woodworth




Fly-Over States


 

When you’re flying over everything in between,

you’re going 554 mph, which is too fast

to take in a race at the Speedway.

And that’s a ground speed of 572 mph,

too fast to take in the Michigan-Ohio State game.

 

You have a tailwind or a headwind

when you fly over, and you’re at 39,095 feet,

which is too high to see toxins in the Flint River.

 

The outside temperature is minus-62 degrees F.

But you just want to get to that coast

where it’s warm and the surf’s up

or where you can sit in front of a cozy fire

and be learnèd.

 

In the everything in between there are people.

Millions of them with coughs and blisters,

bellyaches and rust in the underpinnings.

Their kitchens need groceries, their houses need paint,

which is the least of what their spirits need.

They once felt connected to their neighbors,

to their bosses, to their unions, to the hearts

of men and women they sent to govern them.

That’s gone now. It’s as if they’ve been dropped

onto dry ice and all sensation has left them.

 

When a voice spoke of getting it all back,

they believed the voice.

They heard it in spite of its rasp

and its syllables mouthed out of both sides.

And when the voice said their roads would be fixed,

their bridges rebuilt, their fuel limitless,

and that would mean jobs,

they looked up into the sky and gave thanks.

They didn’t see what was flying over.




Anne Harding Woodworth is the author of five books of poetry, most recently, Unattached Male (Poetry Salzburg, 2014).








                                    

 

Home
Current Issue
Submissions
Contributors' Notes


Email this poem Printer friendly page

A CLOSER LOOK: Roger Mitchell

Bruce J. Berger

George Bishop

Jonathan Bracker

Dan Campion

Martha Christina

James Dalton

Colin Dodds

Sid Gold

Rod Jellema

Edison Jennings

David Keplinger

Moira Linehan

Roger Mitchell

Paul Nelson

Susan Okie

William Page

Patric Pepper

Simon Perchik

Adam Pollak

Terry Savoie

Myrna Stone

Robert Joe Stout

Charles Tarlton

Kareem Tayyar

Lesley Valdes

Ryan Wilson

Anne Harding Woodworth

Anne Harding Woodworth on Kajal Ahmad

Charles Edward Wright

More

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

       

 

 

 

 

 


Last Updated: Aug 31, 2017 - 1:39:51 PM

Copyright 2005 - 2017 Cook Communication.