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When You Fly – by Diane Frank

Posted on Jul 1, 2017 by in July 2017 | 4 comments

Things that might be a bomb . . .
Yogurt, avocados, lemonade, iced tea
the endpin of a cello

A banjo, a violin
electronic equipment wrapped carefully
in cotton fabric and bubble wrap
so it won’t be damaged after landing

The Empire State Building
The Golden Gate Bridge
The packing cases of the San Francisco Symphony
The Eiffel Tower
The Pyramids at Giza

The unwritten pages of a novel
in the genre of magical realism
An architectural drawing
An algorithm, a vector
An illuminated medieval book of hours
My grandmother’s wedding ring

And to the TSA agent
who groped me during the pat down
and then asked me out to lunch . . .

It’s not a hand grenade;
it’s an avocado.


  1. Diane mentions: This poem is from my forthcoming book, Canon for Bears and Ponderosa Pines (Glass Lyre Press, 2017), in production in Chicago! The cover is being designed by an amazing artist, Venentius Pinto.

  2. i Love this poem.. definitely hits a respondent chord!

  3. Wonderful comment on contemporary life.

  4. wonderful poem and so cogent for these times!

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