hEar da boyz R bak!


clear SUNday mornin’ [early 1950’s] 2

US navy uniformed young pilots ~swag~

fighter jets flyin’ hi, leavin’ con-trails…on

official run: san diego(go) to chicago—GO!


idea 4fun stunt [see lightbulb flash]

RE-duce altitude& RE-connoiter over

rural mid-west in search of 1buddy’s

tiny hometown on farmz checkerboard


[needle in haystack] eye spy white chURch

(as)pire to steeeple – jets dive hard ‘n fast

bein’ boys, makin’ noise…ZOOOOM x2

cock(y)pit laughter, silence in sanctuary


week later, pilot ONleave re-turns home-y

BIG talk in small town about 2 (too) low planes

overhead [IN yer head] soundin’ off, poundin’ off

shatterin’ the air, stoppin’ preacher’s pray-er


(dad still grins when tellin’ his sins!)



Photo of fireworks over San Jose CA 2007 by ian kluft


Cover ears
Exploding stars


The Lanturne is a five-line verse shaped like a Japanese lantern
with a syllabic pattern of one, two, three, four, one.