flight 1132

last week
i flew to Rome
my last trip
42 years a pilot

yesterday i soared
a cloud on the wind
across the oceans
above all nations

today i am grounded
landed to salutes
and celebration
i have been retired

today
i assembled
a model of the airplane
i last flew

today i wonder
about the future
and feel a distance growing
but not from who i am

and tomorrow
like every day
what will be
c’est la vie

from my work life
half spent going
half spent returning
i have learned one thing

the greatest flights
are reserved for those
with earnest hearts that yearn
for love never-ending