They’re always far away, wanting to take off
or in the middle of a flight to
I do not know what night.
Perhaps escaping the fear of the wanderer
the waiting leaves them suspended
on a pew in the clouds.
I search the map of my life in my flight log,
but airports are far
with the winds, the moon.
Sergio A. Ortiz is a two-time Pushcart nominee, a four-time Best of the Web nominee, and 2016 Best of the Net nominee. 2nd place in the 2016 Ramón Ataz annual poetry competition, sponsored by Alaire Publishing House. He is currently working on his first full-length collection of poems, Elephant Graveyard.