Not-Yet-Missed Flight


Me, with fellow flyers. Guess who’s who? (Ha!)

Not-Yet-Missed Flight

The knack of flying is throwing yourself at the ground and missing.”
Douglas Adams

I’ve long proved capable
of missing much–
deadlines, typos, you,
a last best chance,
the writing-on-the-wall dance–that diagram
of there
to somewhere
that didn’t look like here–

Yet, here
is where I am,
with only my feet (maybe)
scraping ground, my head increasingly shy
of six feet above–
Could be worse.


Another 55 for Kerry O’Connor’s prompt on Real Toads to write a 55 word poem, using a quote from “Brainy Quotes.” 

PS  – I think I was about 5’6″ and a half or so at max;  not sure now!  Pic is mine, all rights reserved. 

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12 Comments on “Not-Yet-Missed Flight”

  1. What wisdom in this.. 6 feet above is so much more like flying than the fall to six feet under.

  2. Kerry O'Connor Says:

    I love your elephants! At 5’3, I am under-tall too.


  3. Sanaa Rizvi Says:

    I loved this.. its so open.. so endearing.. calling out to the reader.. perhaps extending out a hand.. in mutual understanding..!

    Beautifully penned 🙂

    Lots of love,

  4. X Says:

    At least it is six feet in the right direction, you know. Ha.
    I would love to fly – not like superman, but with wings like a bird.

  5. ZQ Says:

    Wonderful and yes, glad to be above ground 🙂

  6. coalblack Says:

    I actually was six feet tall once. Now I’m 5-11. Flying elephants are always a good thing, though I can’t claim to be able to pick one out from the others.

  7. M Says:

    55 is a good form for you ~

  8. hedgewitch Says:

    The whimsy of flying elephants and the quandaries of typos and deadlines and all the tangled threads of living somehow work well together, a sense of flinging oneself at both in faith that the right thing will happen–a delightful 55, k. The G-Man would have loved it.

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