Wings of desire

Could be verse: poetry ripped from the headlines
By JAMES PARKER  |  September 5, 2007


VIDEO: James Parker reads "Wings of desire"

Lines upon reading that in-flight entertainment is exposing children to images of an increasingly violent and sexual nature

Fear not the hostile altitudes, fear not the wobbling wings,
The hissing vents, the turbulence, or any of those things.
Fear not the stewardess, my child, whose grin is white and hot.
Man was not born to flight, it’s true — but then again, so what?
I’ll drink my little can of beer, your mum will take her pill,
And should you find it hard to settle down, as children will,
This teeny-tiny TV will display, for your sedation,
Zombies with exploding heads and serial fornication.

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