Poem: “This Is Your Captain”

 

Welcome aboard Federal Government Airlines.

 

Our flight

will be two hours longer than usual

as we’re still looking to repair

the left engine,

following last year’s inspection.

 

Navigation should be smooth

with our new compass,

obtained yesterday

from an identical aircraft

at the Aviation Museum.

 

Refreshments will be served

to those sitting

in odd-numbered rows only.

 

In case of a pressure drop inside the cabin,

oxygen masks will be available

for a fee.

 

Should you need help with the clogged toilets,

our one crew member

will be delighted

to assist you.

 

You’ll also be happy to know

that we’re balancing our budget this year!

 

Thank you for flying with us.

 

(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday).

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