De-Icing the Plane

 

….The silver bird, with floury faces ovalled

on its side, slithers into a blizzard, hugely blind.

 

No mincing steps, no Lot’s wife here.

One hesitation could mean death

 

ablaze on a snowy superhighway. Everyone

prays, “Up, up,” to the engine’s crescendo,

 

like sparrows sudsed in a birdbath

just before flight.

 

–excerpt from “De-Icing the Plane” by Donna Pucciani (Virtual Artists Collective 2011). First published in Christianity Today.

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