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VRL Thonger

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I'll write a poem every day, might be tiny but it'll be complete.


The schematic map shows where

Mecca is at all times in case of praying

the cartoon plane's cut a green swathe

across continents: surely green was chosen

with care to indicate a loving swathe

a clean swathe a perfectly fine

and harmless trajectory as if mowing

our way through the upper atmosphere

no worries the grass will grow back

stronger and greener than ever

as if we weren't on the brink as if

we hadn't built the brink as if

the roar and shudder and white noise

of this technological marvel

carrying us to the other side

can drown out knowing that rafts

of plastic bottles and beads

slowly gyre in the ocean we're

crossing and TS Eliot's phrase

keeps spinning past me through

the long long night: living and

partly living, living and partly living

as fitfully dozing faces are animated

by the violent action movies

flickering on every screen.

Day 57 All on board

En route to Doha.