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The jet just wants to be invited for tea

Three poems by Katie Manning

Katie Manning
Katie Manning

Flight Path

  • I wake to the suctioning shriek
  • of a plane flying low overhead
  • and imagine the jet just wants
  • to be invited for tea. This plane
  • is sick of mindless movement.
  • It screams for release, a break
  • from routine. This plane wants
  • a quiet chat, perhaps its own
  • space to read Around the World
  • in Eighty Days or a travel magazine.
  • For once, this plane wants to plan
  • its own trip. Then it wants to take
  • flight with an empty gut and part
  • a new path — straight up.

The Book of Calm

all that remains of Malachi

  • the day is coming
  • like a furnace
  • every
  • day
  • will set
  • you
  • on fire
  • you will go out and frolic like
  • ashes
  • on the day
  • that
  • dreadful day
  • when
  • the LORD
  • will come and strike the land with
  • children

The Book of Hind

all that remains of Third John

  • God
  • is well spoken of by
  • God
  • what is evil
  • what is good
  • what is
  • you are
  • what you are doing
  • my children are walking
  • but I
  • do not imitate
  • anyone
  • please send
  • no help
  • you know that
  • God
  • loves to
  • stop
  • by

Katie Manning is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. She has received the Nassau Review author award for poetry, and her writing has been published in Fairy Tale Review, New Letters, Poet Lore, So to Speak, and elsewhere. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Whale Road Review, and she is an assistant professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University. Find her online at katiemanningpoet.com.

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Katie Manning
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Flight Path

  • I wake to the suctioning shriek
  • of a plane flying low overhead
  • and imagine the jet just wants
  • to be invited for tea. This plane
  • is sick of mindless movement.
  • It screams for release, a break
  • from routine. This plane wants
  • a quiet chat, perhaps its own
  • space to read Around the World
  • in Eighty Days or a travel magazine.
  • For once, this plane wants to plan
  • its own trip. Then it wants to take
  • flight with an empty gut and part
  • a new path — straight up.

The Book of Calm

all that remains of Malachi

  • the day is coming
  • like a furnace
  • every
  • day
  • will set
  • you
  • on fire
  • you will go out and frolic like
  • ashes
  • on the day
  • that
  • dreadful day
  • when
  • the LORD
  • will come and strike the land with
  • children

The Book of Hind

all that remains of Third John

  • God
  • is well spoken of by
  • God
  • what is evil
  • what is good
  • what is
  • you are
  • what you are doing
  • my children are walking
  • but I
  • do not imitate
  • anyone
  • please send
  • no help
  • you know that
  • God
  • loves to
  • stop
  • by

Katie Manning is the author of three poetry chapbooks, including The Gospel of the Bleeding Woman. She has received the Nassau Review author award for poetry, and her writing has been published in Fairy Tale Review, New Letters, Poet Lore, So to Speak, and elsewhere. She is the founding editor-in-chief of Whale Road Review, and she is an assistant professor of writing at Point Loma Nazarene University. Find her online at katiemanningpoet.com.

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