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San Francisco crash

My thoughts for this blog emerged in verse–for better or worse.

 

Will I ever not hear my mother’s voice

screaming for her baby girl

whenever I hear of a plane crash?

 

Now San Francisco etched in my mind

two young girls lost

just looking for an American summer.

Parents screaming for their baby girl.

 

“Why” is on our lips,

but what does that matter really?

A tough decent,

an unskilled landing.

lives tossed like dice.

 

“So many survived”

media voices eager to

put a good face on the day.

 

Safest way to travel.

Still.

 

But many shaken to their core

“critical” mumbled beside “survivors.”

Remember them too.… Read more

“Flight” Put Me in the Cockpit of 6780

My parents' home just after the plane crashI had a visceral reaction to the beginning of the superb film, Flight, while the pilot (Denzel Washington), struggled to keep his plane in the air after a mechanical failure. I’m sure many moviegoers felt the tension and related to the panic of the passengers, but I believe something else was also at work here for me personally.

Spoiler alert for the rest of this post, in case you haven’t yet seen this terrific movie.

I thought immediately of all the people who would be devastated by the crash, by the deaths of however many people might die in the plane or on the ground.… Read more