In the Air between LA and Honolulu

Notice of absence from FredPeyer
Would like to let everyone (who might actually be interested) know that I will be gone from the site for a while due to work and time constraints. But since you all got along famously before I appeared, I have no doubt you will be getting along famously without me! :-)

Floating serenely above the clouds

Enjoying a Mai Tai, watching

Hula Girls on the screen, listening

to slack key guitar virtuosos

forgetting the world left behind

the airport world of waiting in line

of submitting to body searches

of overpriced bad food and

watered down drinks

and ill-tempered fellow travelers

of weirdos trying to kill us

with bombs in shoes or water bottles

prompting new laws that will soon

force us to fly naked and drugged

docile in our nakedness

stripped of dignity and mind

but not carrying any bombs!


  • Michael Edwards

    It will be ingested bombs soon if they don't already exist. I can remember way back when ladies used to dress up to go to the airport and sashay around - now they are all scruffs - where on earth do they buy their clothes? Like you I find no fun in travel any more and we are spending more time travelling around the UK. Mind you the idea of travelling naked has a sort of naughty appeal.

    • FredPeyer

      Thank you Michael, the naked and drugged part was more meant as a metaphor!

    • Goldfinch60

      Welcome to the modern world where trust no longer exists and everyone is perceived as a rebel or activist.
      What ever happened to make love not war?

      • FredPeyer

        Thanks Goldfinch! We are children of the 60's, that glorious time of make love not war! Unfortunately it did not last!

      • WL Schuett

        I feel your frustrations Fred , but if we have to travel that’s how it is

        • FredPeyer

          Thanks WL, agree with you. I remember the real food on planes, hanging out with the flight attendants, smoking, walking around. All gone....

        • orchidee

          Oh dear, having fun there?!

          • FredPeyer

            Thanks orchi! Once I was in the plane, it was good. But getting there was the hassle!

          • Louis Gibbs

            Glad I got my traveling in before all this madness. I find it no longer worth the hassle. You capture it well in this one, Fred! The terrorists have won.

            • FredPeyer

              Thanks Louis, believe me, if my kids and grandkids would not be living in CA, I would much rather just drive to the beach right here.

            • Fay Slimm

              You sum it all up well here Fred - we have no inkling of what respect really means. But naked - - - ooooh no !!!

              • FredPeyer

                Thank you Fay! The naked and drugged part was meant as a metaphor.

              • tepo

                Been there Fred
                Hands swabbed
                Strip searched
                Feeble apology
                Life in the 21st century
                Maybe we look dodgy you and I
                Nicely done

                • FredPeyer

                  Thanks tepo, I guess we look like bomb carrying terrorists to these trained eyes!

                • kevin browne

                  trying to fly somewhere nice and a bloody bomb goes off. just typical. well said though, Fred,

                  • FredPeyer

                    Thanks Kevin, well the purpose of all that hoopla at the airports is NOT to have bomb go off! The problem is that ONE person tried to smuggle a bomb in a shoe and now MILLIONS of people have to take their shoes off!

                    • kevin browne

                      oh dear!

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