As The Crow Flies
I think it’s always quicker to travel
as the crow flies
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.