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[starboard port]

the ocean—an onyx plate predawn—
somnambulant ships preen with a swag of
warning lights

massive hulls: cargo ships, flotillas, tankers,
passenger liners loll; red lights buss
the somber slate of sky—spangled strings of 
bawdy bulbs on the riggings—pole dance
beside the quay—ridged, behemoth smokestacks
toy with the flames of gold and white

[cabin’s lav—occupied]

waiting, my mind trundles to funeral pyres  
Viking ships, then returns to marvel at 
on-coming airport pot lights which

upstage the walled gasps
[very occupied]

the exodus to Singapore crescendos
we land—manned the plane performs
a ritual slide—ash and steam spew from  
stacks of the other perpendicular 

Touch down. 
[the door opens]

First Published by Shooter Literary Magazine Spring of 2017

Copyright © | Year Posted 2018

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Date: 8/12/2018 3:25:00 PM
Stimulating verse here! But why the title? Peace &Love Matthew Anish
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 8/12/2018 3:44:00 PM
because they [the couple in the bathroom ] were joining the mile high club - they were caught in the act
Date: 7/28/2018 3:32:00 PM
Wonderful poetry, a continuation of probably some of the best poetry i've read anywhere, 'The Hurricane' I may not be a connoisseur of this particular art, Debbie, But to be truthful your poetry blows me away, taking this reader on many awesome journeys, so inspiring, yet down to earth truths. Harry.
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Date: 7/24/2018 1:00:00 PM
Interesting work. I have not heard from you in a long time. Are you okay? Sara
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Date: 6/2/2018 9:40:00 PM
Much reminds me of the Titanic. Door opens up and an entire different world is before our eyes. Jim Horn
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Date: 5/3/2018 9:39:00 PM
Good travel poem, and I like the title!
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 5/4/2018 12:53:00 PM
Thanks, Bill long time no hear. I hope all is well with you. Light & Love
Date: 4/30/2018 4:10:00 PM
I agree with Andrea. A Class act, Debbie. I miss you...would love to see you posting here again. Elaine
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Date: 4/30/2018 1:00:00 PM
Love these images!
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Date: 4/20/2018 6:00:00 PM
A class act, Debs and big congrats on the publication! thanks for my win in your contest.
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Date: 4/19/2018 9:06:00 PM
Your poems are in a class above and beyond ! As always, you are one I always learn from :) Thanks again, for keeping us striving to better our own. And thank you for my recent placement in your last contest. Always an honor to enter your challenges:)
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Date: 3/6/2018 4:07:00 PM
Thank you for sharing this enjoyable flight with us, Debbie. Nighttime flying can be very inspiring; predawn even more so. Warm regards // paul
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Date: 3/5/2018 9:21:00 PM
Excellent, Debbie, richly descriptive, love the vocabulary. And I do enjoy take-offs and landings. Viv x
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Date: 2/25/2018 12:02:00 PM
Awesome vocabulary and poetic diction, the Vikings mentioned wow I enjoyed this awesome poem all in all in fine dockyard description and muse. Pleez do review/comment my newest poem too pls.
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Date: 2/14/2018 7:45:00 PM
Amazing poetry Debbie! I felt myself ascending into the skyline over some great city! Thanks for the trip of a lifetime! :) xo
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Date: 2/6/2018 6:30:00 AM
Great lines Debbie, I can see why this was published.. Some struggle with big words in poems, I think it enhances poetry.. The opening lines set up the imagery for this great write...
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 2/6/2018 1:15:00 PM
Thank you, one or two new words a day is good for you ;).