light, nature, People, Poetry Friday


snow delays - airport
Snow against the waiting bulkhead


A little fog, a little snow
a little icy rain
has grounded all the iron birds
till weather clears again.

A mighty fall of passengers
now fills the airport lounge
an unexpected stopover
to water and to scrounge.

Their tickets said it was nonstop
but leading lines of weather
interrupt diurnal flight—
at least they are together.

They hope the flyway opens soon
to the next staging post
till then they text and read and roost
while dreaming of that coast.

– Violet Nesdoly


A couple of flights over the last while have proved to me again how weather-dependent flying still is. Last week we were delayed hours by a little fog, and it will only get worse as fall and winter’s grip tighten. Bon vol!

This poem is submitted to Poetry Friday, hosted this week by Irene Latham at Live Your Poem… (Irene has just published a new novel – Don’t Feed the Boy! – Congratulations Irene!!)

11 thoughts on “Migration”

    1. Thank you Matt! I’m sure the scene in an airport post-delay of many hours to days
      might not stay so relaxed. Fortunately I’ve never had endure such a thing.


  1. Lovely poem, Violet! I like the mood you created- the quiet resignation of the passengers- rather than their tense impatience. Love the rhythm too!


    1. Thanks Linda. Actually before I wrote this, I found a piece online that cited and defined words associated with bird migration, and challenged myself to see how many I could use with some degree of accuracy. Extended metaphor poems are fun to write!


  2. We just finished our read aloud — Kate Messner’s CAPTURE THE FLAG, a mystery that is solved when flights from DC to Vermont are grounded because of a blizzard. And our poem of the week in the PFA was a legend about how geese became the chiefs of the birds, leading the migration with their arrow point in the sky. Now your poem brings both together!


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