Feet bound to earth one day,
soaring through space the next,
turning a page from past
to future and skipping everything
in between. Weightless above
mountain tops, above savannas spread
below rich with movement, the khaki
and green of the grasslands undulate
with thousands of wildlife never before
seen in this way by humans. Between
the blue above, the greens and tans below,
amid sea birds we fly, hands clasped,
hearts and eyes surrounded by awe.


Napowrimo Day 22 prompt: “Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that engages with another art form.”

I chose one of my favorite films, Out of Africa, the true story of writer Isak Dinesen. Specifically, I chose the scene where Denys Finch Hatton takes Karen Blixen (Dinesen) on her first airplane ride – one day after he learned to fly. I saw this film in a theatre when it was released in 1985 and this scene on the big screen was fantastic. I felt like I was on the plane, too. The cinematography is extraordinary and the music is gorgeous. Everything about this scene is a wonderful sensory trip.

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