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Flying Manual for Poets

This is meant to be a manual, a set of sober instruction that you can use, once you get past this lengthy introduction, as a “how to” for learning to feel what it feels like when you fly, and to free your earthbound body so you can scamper in the sky. This is not meant as metaphor of how to set your soul to soar, nor as a poor poetic device, but rather some poet-to-poet advice. The rhyme and rhythm schemes here are, to be kind, most inconsistent. Please take the advice seriously, though; it will work if you’re persistent. I don’t mean to imply that you can actually fly for real, though if you could that would be terrific. What I do mean is that you can actually feel what flying feels like, in specific. Not through artificial aids like gliders, planes or parachutes, jetpacks, drugs, or even one of those insane free fall wing suits. The latter would likely leave the majority of us in screams. What I recommend is that you use the power of your dreams. Dreams?! Stay with me one more moment if that makes you disappointed, and I know that this description is too long and too disjointed. But the thing about dreams is they feel real, at least while you are dreaming. Just think about that hot one that left your breathless body steaming. (Too bad you had to wake up, but that’s why you remembered it; good thing your mate didn’t notice or they may have dismembered it.) The trick is that you can train your brain to dream that you are flying. And much unlike a wing suit there is little chance of dying. Some say that you can hack your dreams when you lay down in your bed; that never worked for me but I found a better way instead: Find a way of simulating flight during the day. For most it works to float around a pool in guided play. Just relax and float or swim for hours without care, weightless you can gently “fly” as if you’re in the air. It’s like when you drive for many hours and then you go to bed and you still see the highway going by inside your head. Same type of thing can happen when you float long in a pool, Then when you dream you’re flying it is really, really cool. Now that you know the method we can consider variations: Snorkeling and scuba are the most effective simulations, and very pleasant when combined with tropical vacations. I would avoid most of the other mainstream fun flotations (such as vertical wind tunnels); they offer some elations but they lack real flight sensations (feels like falling inside funnels). It takes confidence and courage for the first time that you leap off of a cliff or building to go soaring in your sleep. Warning: do not try this if you have somnambulism, I cannot be responsible for your careless cataclysm. To overcome initial fear, perhaps read Erica Jong, then when you try, you’ll surely fly, it likely won’t take long. Soon high above city you will hover happily, gazing down upon its denizens gaping up with jealousy. Your own results will likely vary; some fly fast and some fly slow. Your legs may kick but it’s not scary, in fact that’s how you’ll know it was the pool that primed your brain for some super late-night soaring, which I can guarantee you’ll never find the least bit boring. So, if you want to try it, go ahead and be my guest. It’s all I’ve got to give in this -- my last poetry contest. I think that some will thank me, and I have one last request: please provide some feedback from your actual faux flights; you can post them here as comments on this Poetry Soup website. July 17, 2020

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Date: 9/5/2020 8:47:00 AM
I actually like flying in dreams even though in one or two things didn't go quite as well and initiated the flight. A super read.
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Eric Cohen
Date: 9/5/2020 11:14:00 AM
Thanks, M.L. Interesting to hear you have these dreams also. I've had a few that started great but ran downhill, so to speak. The issue was powerlines. But fortunately that doesn't happen too often.
Date: 9/1/2020 10:23:00 PM
... Just flew in belatedly to extend worthy Congratulations, Eric. Your ability to reach readers directly with entertainment is such an exciting skill you have. Writer, writer, I like it!
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Eric Cohen
Date: 9/5/2020 11:15:00 AM
Thanks for your warm comments on several of my poems, Sigrid.
Date: 8/13/2020 5:12:00 PM
I love this! "Warning: do not try this if you have somnambulism, I cannot be responsible for your careless cataclysm." and that cracked me up. I fly all of the time when I dream. (I hope it doesn't mean my personality is flighty).
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Eric Cohen
Date: 8/13/2020 6:49:00 PM
So glad you stopped by, M.L. And good to hear you have flying dreams. I don't think think that means your personality is "flighty," at least not in a bad way. It more likely means you are independent and open-minded, confident in your own skin, and fun loving (characteristics I see in your poems). By the way, will leave a comment on one of your poems that really blew me away ("My Mid Winter Orange Travels).
Date: 7/31/2020 2:03:00 PM
so interesting! This was my favorite pastime in dreams when I was young. I had several flying dreams but after my 30's they dissolved, never to return. I absolutely loved them. I liken flying dreams to actual dreams(too high expectations) you have for the future . As I aged and did not realize many of my fantastical dreams, I failed to dream of flying ever again. I DO, however, have amazing and/or weird dreams in technicolor, and I take my sleeping pills every night to make sure I GET my dreams!
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Eric Cohen
Date: 7/31/2020 2:59:00 PM
Many thanks, Andrea. I hope you do experience flying dreams again. I'm definitely interested in feedback from others such as yourself on this.
Date: 7/31/2020 2:03:00 PM
Belated congrats for whichever contest this won in!
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Date: 7/28/2020 11:28:00 AM
This is quite creative Eric! Loved the imaginative journey that I took with your captivating muse. Such a unique thought my friend. Congratulations on your win! :)
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Eric Cohen
Date: 7/28/2020 12:56:00 PM
Thanks for visiting, Aditi. I appreciate your thoughtful comments. I didn't intend this as an imaginative journey, though, but as a real description of flying and how to feel like your actually flying.
Date: 7/26/2020 11:49:00 AM
I loved this Eric, as the thought of flying does really appeal, however, I sleep so very little at night, that I very seldom dream. Sending congrats for this amazingly detailed poem, which held my interest to the very last word. With kindest thoughts Ann xx
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Ann Gilmour
Date: 7/26/2020 9:54:00 PM
I hope that maybe one day I will dream of flying too...
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Eric Cohen
Date: 7/26/2020 8:11:00 PM
Thanks for reading it through and the thoughtful comment, Ann. I love having a flying dream and just wanted to share with others.
Date: 7/26/2020 5:31:00 AM
- Congratulations on your winning poem, Eric - hugs // Anne-Lise :)
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Eric Cohen
Date: 7/26/2020 10:27:00 AM
Thanks, Anne-Lise. Please let me know if you have a flying dream.
Date: 7/26/2020 2:41:00 AM
A very detailed manual, a lot of thought must have gone into this.. How ironic, PS was down and this could have been the last contest for me! Congratulations on your placement in the contest
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Eric Cohen
Date: 7/26/2020 10:31:00 AM
SO, yes its very ironic when PS went down. I thought the site was kaput and it might actually be my last entry here. Thanks for sponsoring this contest and your consideration. I actually am looking for feedback about flying dreams (they are cool so I wanted to share).