"Spin" in aviation training: a "stall" or loss of lift, a subsequent nose-down spin, the specific actions required for recovery, and the feeling, after recovery, that you could tackle absolutely anything!

Saturday, 10 September 2011


Scuttle your worries.
Pay no heed to strife.
They fuss and wail above the 
All that matters.
The very nature of it
Quiets the chatter from the pitfalls of
It manifests deep down,
Roaring with an almost unbearable intensity,

And yet can soften;

Draw back;

...curves moving like tides...

And trigger a breath;
The kind of breath that, all at once,
Replaces any gasping indifference to moments in time
With an unavoidable searing need to wrap around this
Vital Plume
That fills you, fills each and every cell and the 
Spaces in between,
And to nourish it.
Never let it diminish.
This is a life's work.
We are wired for this,
And though we may become distracted with 
Outrageous tariffs of concern or misery littering our years,
It is the 
That draws us through.

1 comment:

  1. Now there's the title for your first collection of poems, The Vital Plume. I feel so bad Suz I have been commenting for weeks and just realized I haven't been posting my comments right...unless you have been getting them under "Google Account?!" With love from your technophobic fan, Tracy