debate at the society for flight

Poem #131 from a series of poems drawn from the imagination and collected as: a Bachelard reverie.

Back to Bachelard and me – Introduction


the discussion raged

he had listened
first to one side

the merits
the obvious and patent
merits
of the feathered path

adhere them

change diet
to grow them

flap them

submerge the pilot
into the middle
of a container of them

clutch them in hand

clutch them
in heart

design then anew

enlarge them

proponents had come
and gone

some
perhaps sadly
not to return

and he had listened
to the more complex
other side of the debate

the evident need
to shed weight
and to alter substance

to become aesthetically
slender

to remain exteriorly unchanged
but to lighten
somehow
the spirit

to eat only the flesh
of sky creatures
and thus to
somehow
change the density
of land-based bone

to alter the patterns
of thought

the possibilities
of buoyancy aloft

he held no beliefs
or convictions
in support of either group
but
it amused him immensely
to listen
even to provoke
the strands
and the vehemence
of their arguments

for he knew the secret
the way
and at night
in his solitary cot
when he closed his eyes
he flew


© Frank Prem 2018

Bachelard and me Poem #132: fred’s backdrop

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