"Parachutes and Pilots"
Lynda McKinney Lambert
All my flights were launched
before I determined the subtle
characteristics of the landscape. My
destination at take-off was unknown.
Even when I have a ticket - I’m
flying without wings
gliding on the unexpected drafts. I’m a
homegrown disaster with poor flying skills.
I pilot short, solitary flights of fancy -
journeys in my own living room where I
keep my long-forgotten
launches far away from the
Österreich pilot laughed as he guided his
parachute above the Alpine mountain.
Quick and stealthy, his fully inflated
rainbow parachute was
stabilized by a hundred long lines.
“Try not to land on me,” I screamed at the
unfortunate pilot. On hot summer days I’m a
visionary pilot - a free-falling dreamer -
we posed for a photo just before my crash,
X-rays, and painful recovery.
“You know, I’ve never found a safe landing
zone! I’m a gentle breeze that will never return.”
First appeared in Indiana Voice Journal, Issue 35, Summer 2017.
Lynda Mckinney Lambert is a retired professor of fine arts and humanities who lives in western PA, and now writes full time. She is the author of the newly released book, Walking by Inner Vision: Stories &Poems by dldbooks. Her work appears in Indiana Voice Journal, Spirit Fire Review, Wordgathering, Magnets & Ladders, and other literary magazines. Lynda lost most of her sight in 2007 due to Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. She continues to create mixed-media fiber art and last year received an award at the In-Sights 2016 exhibition sponsored by American Printing House for the Blind, Louisville, KY.