Night Flight

by Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Frogpond 26:3, Fall 2003, page 43. Written 18 April 2000 while flying from St. Louis, Missouri to San Francisco, California. See also “Away.”



full moon—

along the runway

blue lights begin to blur


turning after takeoff

the moon disappears under the wing


for a moment below

in the Mississippi,

a white oval


the seat-belt sign

blinks back on with a beep—

the moon lost in clouds


in-flight magazine:

a four-letter word for lunar


movie over,

    the moon lightens

the snow-capped mountains