Airline tells crew not to restrain unruly passengers with duct tape

At a social gathering, tension began to prickle the air.
She quickly scanned to see who in the group might be gearing up
to launch into a personal (and likely vociferous) Op Ed on the topic.

For safety reasons, because the crowd looked a little dicey, the astute listener
quickly and loudly flooded the small talk with clich├ęs like, “Airlines do the darndest things,”
“Whaddaya know about that?” and, “Well… I’ll be”.

This was the surest way she knew to end all conversation.

So, take her advice.
A poet knows that “quiet space”
is the place where nothing more
need be said.

Written amidst Covid consternation Summer, 2021


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