“A Prayer Before Takeoff” / Memorable Fancies #1992

Lord, lift me up and gently set me down again. Let my seatmate say nothing, and if asleep let him not lean too heavily upon me. May the flight attendant smile at me, and comp me a second drink if I wink at her. Or him.

May the pilot have a good day, not that awful last day he sometimes envisions. Let my baggage arrive with me, not be shunted off into the wrong dark motel.

And let someone be waiting for me at the arrival gate, if not with arms outstretched, at least with a sign with my name spelled right. For once.

[trivia: the Frankfurt airport’s sign for its chapel reads “Seelsorge” – literally, ‘soul worry’]

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