Land the Plane, Arrive

To arrive

on the other side

of pain


flying into the sun

Find patience


To arrive

down river

of anxiety


knotted shorts

Breathe, dammit


To arrive

across the bridge

of fear


laying in the mud

Ignore angry trolls


To arrive

without delay


roads closed

fixing flat tires

Avoid potholes


To arrive on land

sanity intact



in meditation

Let go of smelly dung


To arrive on the other side

is to persevere

forgive self

love others

be kind to others

drink beer



sleep more

have another beer

land the plane

live boldly, courageously, bravely

21 responses to Land the Plane, Arrive

  1. Dan Antion says:

    We’ve been through all those things and more. We we get to the other side (but thanks for the advice on the beer).

    I really admire the form of this poem. It works in a lot of ways. This illustrates why I like poetry. The message is tight and reaches us across a spectrum. Well done!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thank you so much, Dan. I never know how my poetry will come across to readers, so I am always glad to receive positive feedback. Glad you liked it.

      You’re welcome about the beer. I knew you’d appreciate good taste. 😉

      • Dan Antion says:

        I think poetry comes across differently to everyone. I guess that’s part of the beauty of the art form. I don’t often comment about poetry, as I’ve had some bad reactions to my comments (on other blogs) but I figured you would accept this in the spirit was was offered.

      • bikerchick57 says:

        Poetry is like modern art – in the eye of the beholder. I don’t always like what I read, but someone else will. I have to admit that I find more pleasure in writing poetry than I do reading it. Weird, but true!

  2. Good Monday message, but it sure is taking longer to land that plane than most of us thought it would. 🙂 Stay healthy and happy, and, of course, drink more beer and eat more chocolate.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I think we may be up in the air for a while, Judy. In the meantime, a good craft beer and dark chocolate always help the situation…in moderation, of course!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Thanks Shelley. The last two weeks were not the best emotionally, but the beautiful weekend and putting thoughts to written word always helps. Yes, I got out on the bike, which made me very happy..

      • You’re welcome Mary. It has been an emotional roller coaster. Nice weather and creative outlets do help lift spirits :-). Keep biking and keep writing. I’m sending hugs to you from the other side of the state 😉

  3. Laurie says:

    What a beautiful way to say it! I am going to remember that phrase and say it to myself when I need it; “land the plane”. Glad to read you are in a better place right now. I think I am getting there too.

    • bikerchick57 says:

      I hope the better place stays with me this month. I hope we are all able to land the plane and arrive safely through these trying and stressful times. Have a wonderful Monday, Laurie!

  4. Holy Hannah, I’m gobsmacked. This is wonderful Mary J. I haven’t flown very many times — and the last time was 2002… But I just realized that is what it (my anxiety) feels like — like a plane, perpetually in the process of landing. I’ve already crashed once (emotionally). “Oh the humanity!” Now I’m wanting the plane to land again. Hopefully this time a lot more smoothly.
    Sharing this bit of brilliance. Hugs on the wing!

    • bikerchick57 says:

      Teagan, I cannot take full credit as I recently read an opinion piece by someone who talked about “arriving safely on the other side.” That gave me impetus for the poetry as I feel the same as you – we need to land our planes smoothly. Last week I realized how much I missed hugs and how stressed I was from pandemic anxiety and work. It’s not a good feeling, so here’s to a better week for the both of us. One day at a time, Teagan. Hugs back to you!

  5. dweezer19 says:

    Wonderful Mary! I agree with Dan. Poetry is art and art interpretation is different from the perspective of the reader. I love this!

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