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In Flagrante Delicto

[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 © Debbie Guzzi | Year Posted 2018


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  1. Date: 5/3/2018 9:39:00 PM

    Good travel poem, and I like the title!
  1. 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
  1. Date: 4/30/2018 1:00:00 PM

    Love these images!
  1. 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.
  1. 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:)
  1. Date: 4/3/2018 6:13:00 PM

    Right. Who cares about all the glimmer and glitz when what one really need is to relieve oneself. nice intermix of thoughts
  1. 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
  1. 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
  1. 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.
  1. 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
  1. 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...