Friday, January 16, 2009

Da Plane! Da Plane!

Admit it. If you’re anything like me, you’re kind of jealous of the people on the airplane that watered* in the Hudson. (*I’m not sure “landed” is the proper term, and water-landing seems oxymoronic.) I mean, the event covered several things I’ve always been curious about.

Why I Envy Passengers On (And Now Off) US Airways Flight 1549
(or, Welcome to Fantasy Island)

(First off, before you all call me depraved,
Let me state I’m glad all aboard were saved.)

My curiosity can’t be denied.
An engineless jet, does it drop or glide?
I know how a swim feels when it’s hotter,
But what’s it like in near-freezing water?
And while we’re on topics that cause shivers,
Just how nasty is the Hudson River?
And who among us doesn’t want to test
What it feels like to poof up a life vest?
And, reading seatback emergency cards,
Who hasn’t wanted to yank those doors hard?
And wouldn’t it be a great source of pride
To go, feet first, down th’inflatable slide?
(You know, I need to read over the news,
To see just how many removed their shoes.)

And, lastly, of all desert islands to choose,
I think with Manhattan you simply can’t lose.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Aw, look at you, those last lines are just too sweet...ha! Manhattan Fantasy Island my foot! Is NY taking Berlin's place in your heart, traitor?!