As The Crow Flies

I think it’s always quicker to travel

as the crow flies

more direct,

a Roman road

without ups and downs,

not that the crow notices such things.

It needs no air traffic control system either

has that built in and is never in collision.

And has no call for oil refined to kerosene,

just picks up fuel as it passes by

with eyes sharp for road kill

if it’s hungry

and maybe even if it isn’t.

It knows nothing of crowded airports 

with security delays

or blocked up motorways

to be factored into journey time.

The crow has risen above it all,

it looks down on them

and knows it will get there first.


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