[ Business Trip: BUF/IAH ]
Bob the pilot has wings but no wonder,
just license, swing bands & blue Jersey.
I should have kissed the wife goodbye.
Charleston gone like a hotheaded brother
but earth leaves me cold so I bundle up,
think of the land down under & apple–
smooth thighs of American groceries,
of China’s past & fire in the west–if I
closed eyes I’d be home by now but
look ahead to Houston, a huge worn-
out shoe & me just the sole for the job.
Ed Taylor is the author of the novel Theo (2014), the poetry collection Idiogest, and the poetry chapbook The Rubaiyat of Hazmat. His fiction, poetry, essays, journalism, and reviews have appeared in a variety of publications in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia; and in anthologies in the U.S. and U.K.