April 22, 2013

Airborne


I know this chute
is automatic,
the umbilical attached
to an overhead wire,
and I know
there is a reserve,
just in case
something misfires,
but I have worried
forever I will come
out wrong,
emerge upside down,
a breech in this smooth
mode of delivery,
unable to land softly,
crawl over the earth
wherever I'm needed,
bringing relief
to those
so desperately waiting,
even as we scream
all the way
down.

4/19/13