It was a flight to end all flights.
Full-service all the way.
The upgrade she'd but dreamed about
was offered her that day.
She took off in ECONOMY.
But, oh my gosh. Alas,
before she'd landed on the ground
her seat was in FIRST CLASS.
It seems she got quite cold back there.
The old girl couldn't breathe.
But she did not complain a bit
and neither did she grieve.
She left that to the baffled few
who looked at her and cried.
The news spread up and down through coach.
Miss 40-D had died.
The flight attendants rushed to help
and moved the lifeless lass.
They found a seat beside a man
asleep up in FIRST CLASS.
When he awoke he thought the gal
a bit aloof and rude.
She didn't answer when he spoke.
She had an attitude.
But when he saw her turning blue.
He shrieked, "This woman's dead!"
Unnerved and angry all at once
he face turned crimson red.
"How dare you strap this corpse right here?
It's not a morgue you know.
I want a refund when we land
at Gatwick or Heathrow."
He got his refund as he asked.
His face in time would fade.
And, bless her heart, Miss 40-D
was given her upgrade.
The moral of this true-life tale
may seem at first to be
"In time you'll get what you desire."
But more importantly.
"The trips you take may seem routine.
You board and then you fly.
But hey, you'd best be right with God.
In flight you just might die."
* This poem is based on a British Air flight from New Delhi to London in which a first-class passenger awoke to find the corpse of a woman who had died in the economy cabin being placed in a seat next to him.
|PO BOOKS BY GREG ASIMAKOUPOULOS
Sunday Rhymes & Reasons
Published June 4, 2009
Sunday Rhymes and Reasons is a compilation of inspirational poetry by America's pastor/poet laureate, Greg Asimakoupoulos. In this, his third volume of poetry, Pastor Greg paints word pictures that portray both the struggle and fulfillment that define a life of faith. His repertoire of rhymes celebrate rite-of-passage occasions like birth, baptism, marriage and death as well as the major holidays of the church and culture. It is a volume that illustrates the poet's love of words and of popular culture. The author dips his brush into a paint box of hubris, humor and honesty.
"Gloria and I have been encouraged by word pictures from Greg's pen that have celebrated both our ministry and God's presence in our world." – Bill Gaither, Gospel music composer/performer
"Gifted poet Greg Asimakoupoulos is a dear friend of our family. His poetry blesses, comforts, entertains, and provides inspiration for every season of life." – Natalie Grant, singer/songwriter/recording artist
Teachings of a Three Year Old... Turned Tyke,
by Hal Evan Caplan.
A father learns from the wisdom of his toddler.