For dVerse’s MTB Opening lines…beginnings prompt:
I didn’t think to fold my shadow
and place it in the overhead compartment,
or under the seat in front.
It should have been mentioned
in the pre-flight warnings.
And now it has come loose –
although not for want of trying,
chasing desperately below.
But I cannot see it on the sea,
it must have drowned or turned back.
Will I walk across the tarmac
smiling and revelling in new-found lightness,
or head down, in a cloud of vague unease,
a not-quite-wholeness, a not-belongingness.
Perhaps I can go to lost luggage,
and claim someone else’s as mine –
stitch it on with a travel sewing kit,
just a few stitches – easy to unpick –
so I can try it out, just while I’m away.
And then perhaps I’ll keep it, or perhaps not.
I can decide when I get home.
I haven’t done any travel for a while, and I don’t really miss it to be honest, although I do enjoy the suspension of responsibility during a long flight. The last time I flew there were no screens on the seat in front, and there was only work on my laptop. So I found myself watching the plane’s shadow and daydreaming, and started writing this. The MTB prompt inspired me to rummage it out and finish it.