Poetry Friday: “I Never Wanted to Fly”
Leave it to me to go on vacation and consequently miss an email about a poem being selected for publication! I just learned TODAY (even though I got the email a month ago) that my poem, “Coming to Terms” has been selected for inclusion in the upcoming anthology, Trigger Warning: Poetry Saved My Life, being edited by slam poet Zachary Kluckman.
I’m thrilled to be part of this important book, which is due out late August-early Sept. And I’m also excited for Zach for another reason…He has been nominated for 2 National Poetry Awards – Slam Artist of the Year and Slam Organizer of the Year – and has been asked to be a Featured Performer at this event next month.
So today, I thought I’d share something a little more mature. This is a poem I wrote about 3 years ago based on a poetry prompt about flying. Because I often find that my creativity flows when I take contrary or unlikely perspectives, it makes sense that this is more about not flying than it is about flying!
(Then again, it’s completely about flying. It’s all a matter of how you look at it!)
And as always, there’s a lot more to Poetry Friday – Linda Kulp has the complete Roundup today at Write Time!
I Never Wanted to Fly
I never wanted to fly;
height never seduced me.
Soaring above trees and planes,
only Heaven above,
abandonment of the firmness of ground –
foolishness, it was.
I never wanted to fly;
flight never enticed me.
I had no need of grace and speed,
beauty of motion,
no higher calling;
the effort fruitless
as a dead Macintosh.
refusing capricious aspirations
a life time
and time again, and now
bound to earth
I never wanted to fly.
- © 2011, Matt Forrest Esenwine
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