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there is an angel sitting next to me.
her hands are tucked like wings against each other,
each blue life-vein peeking out through
too-white, too-thin skin.
a dog-earred copy of The Great Gatsby
waits in the pocket of the seat in front of her.
any other day, that might be a metaphor,
but today it is just a lonely book
whose owner is even lonelier.

there is an angel in the plane seat next to me.
while i am closing my eyes to say goodbye to the ground,
she is opening hers wider to say hello to the sky.
her spine is bending against the metal side,
like maybe if she pushed enough she could be free.

as the plane starts moving faster and faster,
the ground tells me, “see you later.”
and as the wheels draw back into the plane’s belly,
the sky tells her, “welcome back old friend.”

there is an angel sitting next to me on a plane,
and it sounds like the start of a bad joke.
she is beautiful with spindly fingers, fly-away hair,
green eyes and a feather soft smile.
i am just a human with too much food in her stomach,
who is constantly battling evil that isn’t really evil and
swallowing truth that isn’t really truth.

she offers that her name is Katie, and
i have never felt more inadequate of †my name—
how ironic it is, that this normal name belonged to this
beautiful creature, and my own extraordinary name
belonged only to †me, someone so extra ordinary.

for each of us, the three hour plane ride
was spent battling our own demons in silence.

i wanted to ask her if she remembered
what it was like to fly,
but looking at her hands balled into fists on her knees
and her red-rimmed eyes and olive-rimmed pupils
staring doggedly at each passing cloud
through the two inch window of the cage we were sitting in,
i thought to myself,
“stupid question.”
So maybe I should start out saying sorry I haven't exactly been active in a really, really long time? Uh...I guess you could blame it on performance anxieties--it always happens after I submit a poem that's really good (or at least that a lot of people like), and I gain a whole bunch of watchers, I'm like, intensely afraid I'll screw up or offend or something or that I just won't ever be able to write as well as that one time and I'll be this disappointment or--

WELL. ALSO maybe it's because I had Spring Break and was in Austin, Texas until very recently. I finished up this poem (which I started writing on the plane, sitting next to a girl named Katie--but I think you got that part) just now, and decided to submit it because I haven't in a really long time.

ON A SIDE NOTE TO END THIS LONG AUTHOR'S NOTE AT 1:30 IN THE MORNING: I thought those People on Paper poems were awkward to write but do you realize how awkward it is to write a poem about someone when that someone is sitting right next to you?

There's a blaze of light in every word
It doesn't matter which you heard
The holy or the broken Hallelujah
-Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
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LeftUnfinished Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
I wonder how Katie would feel if she got this in the mail one day  . . . :)
breezypixy Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
Love it! Absolutely beautiful!
I've been rather obsessed with the idea of angels in human form lately, and this is a gorgeous interpretation of that idea. :)
sakunokishimori Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
This is beautiful. I rarely feel awkward when writing or drawing about the subjects of my artworks though, just keep cool and make it like you're just doing something that doesn' t concern your subject. Or... is that advice dangerous?
MisfitableGrae Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013   Writer
xD That's pretty good advice--don't look suspicious and keep creating. My problem is that I always think the subject I'm writing about has suddenly created laser vision and can see what I'm writing from miles and miles away.

So I guess....super paranoid?
sakunokishimori Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013
Yeah.. you may want to consider a little bit of acting..(^.^)/
Magic-Bean-Buyer Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013
This is beautiful! :)

My spring break just started and I just got to Dallas yesterday evening. The angel who sat nearest me on the plane was an infant who would have vomited all over me if not for my ninja-like dodging abilities. I wanted to make friends with her mother, who seemed like a really good mother and kind of reminded me of my own, but I was too shy to say hi.
MisfitableGrae Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2013   Writer
Thank you! Sorry I'm so late to reply

Well, I guess infants are cute when they're, you know, not vomiting all over you--that's pretty unlucky. Yeah, it actually took me most of the whole plane ride to talk to this person. Like, I'm glad it's a thing for other people and not just me?? Like the plane landed and we were waiting to get off and I still hadn't really talked to her at all and so I'm like, "OH HI HI, ARE YOU READING THE GREAT GATSBY I LOVE THAT BOOK. ARE YOU EXCITED FOR THE MOVIE AND STUFF HAH HAHah i'm gonna stop talking now."
Magic-Bean-Buyer Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2013
So you know what's funny? That same family was on my return flight. Right across the aisle from me, too! (further proof of my psychic connection to the universe) There was no baby vomit that time, though. I'm going back to Dallas on the 17th of July. I will die if they're on the same flight again.
GuinevereToGwen Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Writer
Wow. Just, wow. This is one of the most beautiful things I have ever read. Amazing job!
MisfitableGrae Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Writer
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it!

I also really like the quotes at the bottom of your post
GuinevereToGwen Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013  Student Writer
You're welcome, it's really wonderful.

Haha, thanks! I'm always collecting quotes. Whenever I find one, I write it in a notebook I have just for them!
Lacewinged-Beauty Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Writer
I like this. One qualm: The Great Gatsby, not The Great Gatspy.
MisfitableGrae Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Writer
oh thank god, sorry. I haven't changed my contacts in...months or so, so everything is really blurry. But I swear I knew that, promise. I actually love that book. DX
Lacewinged-Beauty Featured By Owner Apr 1, 2013   Writer
That's alright!
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