Faithful Airplanes

Faithful Airplanes


is unnecessary

if no harm’s been done,

but still, I think I’ll never tell anyone

how beautiful it was

to spend those hours

so fully enraptured by his company

in that small bar off the lobby

where we never touched

or discussed

what we’d have for dinner the next day

because there wouldn’t be one for us—

no next day, since airplanes

are mostly faithful to their schedule—

in sync with the plans we made

before we met.

And because we talked

so deeply about morality

we shook hands

as we exited the hotel,

both of us certain an embrace

would unravel us, turn us inside out

in one of those rooms upstairs

where anything could happen

and nothing

none of it

would ever be forgiven.




DeMaris Gaunt




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