On the Plane Home

By Rick Lupert

Poem

I
I would like to visit Budapest
I tell the airplane magazine
in response to its article titled
“Visit Budapest”. Send me a
paprika sample and we’ll
seal the deal! I’m not as
interested in the shirts
designed to be worn untucked.
Sorry, airplane magazine,
you can’t win them all.

II
Should I be nervous the pilot
just asked a child visiting the cockpit
where she was headed?

III
Now the magazine
wants me to believe
fish sauce is the
new vanilla.
No. Just no.

IV
We got upgraded to first class
but not in adjacent seats so I’m
already planning to convince
someone to move by shouting
across the aisle Honey! How’s
your ganectagazoid? Is it
still contagious?

V
I’m on a plane.
The last time I was on a plane
it was one of Elvis’.

VI
This plane is
bound for L.A.
This plane.

VII
Out the window
I see Los Angeles is still here. So that’s one less thing
to worry about.

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RICK LUPERT has been involved with poetry in Los Angeles since 1990. He is the recipient of the 2017 Ted Slade Award, and the 2014 Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center Distinguished Service Award, a 3 time Pushcart Prize Nominee, and a Best of the Net nominee. He served as a co-director of the Valley Contemporary Poets for 2 years, and created Poetry Super Highway. Rick hosted the weekly Cobalt Cafe reading for almost 21 years. His spoken word album "Rick Lupert Live and Dead" featured 25 studio and live tracks. He’s authored 23 collections of poetry, including “Hunka Hunka Howdee!” and “God Wrestler” (Rothco Press) and edited the anthologies “A Poet’s Siddur”, “Ekphrastia Gone Wild”, “A Poet’s Haggadah” and the noir anthology “The Night Goes on All Night. He also writes and draws (with Brendan Constantine) the daily web comic “Cat and Banana” and writes the poetry column “From the Lupertverse” for JewishJournal.com. He has been lucky enough to read his poetry all over the world.

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