The noise is deafening.
My heart pounding in my chest,
Louder than the sound of the plane’s engines.
Excitement, anxiety, longing is excruciating.
People all around me: so close, yet so far.
A sound came and added the excruciating wait
Announcing, “We will shortly depart. Fasten in your seat.”
This flight is not just my freedom flight.
This flight has taken me home.
This flight has taken me to where I took my first breath.
This flight has taken me to where my eyes first opened and saw the light.
This flight has taken me to the Tigris River: to where I took my first sip of water.
This flight has taken me to where I took my first steps on this beautiful earth.
This flight has taken me to my family: to their hearts and eyes.
This flight has taken me to my friends, to my neighborhood, to my city.
This flight has taken me to regain my memory.
In every person and corner of the city,
The memories are forever alive: the tragedies and happiness.
This flight has taken me to the soccer field I played on and the joy it brought.
To the marketplace; to the schools I attended.
This flight has taken me to where a young heart fell in love, innocent and pure.
This flight has tak…
Suddenly something is pulling me out of my seat
A noise—a horrible, familiar noise came!
The sound of the prison officer’s keys clinging wakes me.
I awake to find myself back in a cell, and it was but a dream.
I will never stop dreaming until my dream becomes a reality.
I will keep the ticket and reschedule my flight.


  1. Denise on April 25, 2023 at 3:19 PM

    Oh, M.H., this is so beautiful. What a way to describe a dream in poetry. Your use of “This flight has taken me…” sentences (I think that is a great example of anaphora.) is so powerful. And then the disrupted sentence when you are awaken from sleep is very effective. That closer is the best, though:

    “I will keep the ticket and reschedule my flight.” Amen! Good for you being strong and making the Ancestors proud.

  2. Alice on April 27, 2023 at 10:37 AM

    I love this. Great use of repetition to create rhythm and anticipation leading to the breaking point.
    Excellent world building too, we see what you see and understand what it means to you.
    Very powerful message about hope, determination and inner strength.
    Keep writing, be it for yourself or others, it’s a great healing tool and I very much enjoyed reading you.

  3. Claire on April 28, 2023 at 11:58 PM

    I really enjoyed reading your poem! One thing I would change is for the line “A sound came and added the excruciating wait”, I would say “added to the excruciating wait”. Other than that, I really liked the structure and words you used to describe your feelings.

  4. Hongmei Zhang on April 29, 2023 at 4:20 PM

    Hi MH,
    Your poem “Flight” is amazing.!!! By reading your poem, I “see” you sitting in your freedom seat and flying to your home, to where you took your first breath, to your family, your friends….. your poem is so rich and vivid in a few words. I seem to see you running on the soccer field, you sipping the water in your hometown’s river; I see your “tragedies and happiness”. And I “see” the reality of your situation by “The prison officer’s keys clinging wakes” you up.

    Though your poem “Flight”, I see a simple and beautiful soul. If I didn’t describe the beauty of your poem, it could only be my English problem (English is not my native language.) I don’t know who you are and what mistake you made in your life, but I believe that you are very smart and you have a kind heart deep down. You are a genius! I feel very lucky to have read your poem. Thank you!

  5. Hongmei Zhang on May 4, 2023 at 10:06 PM

    Hi MH,

    This is the second time for me to tell you that your poem is amazing! Were you a poet? Or did you major in literature in college? Your “flight” takes me to your home, to your family, to your friends, to your school, to your hometown, to your childhood.I seemed to see a pure and naughty boy and his loved family and friends.His heart is so soft his dream is so beautiful. Thank you! I had a great time on your “Flight”!


  6. Kimora on May 5, 2023 at 7:12 AM

    This poem represents someone leaving somewhere they felt stuck and finally feeling the freedom they’ve been wanting.

  7. YM on May 9, 2023 at 8:38 PM

    Hi MH!
    This is such a beautiful poem, I can feel the anxiety and restlessness from the descriptors in the beginning.
    From what I see, the flight is taking one home and bringing clarity to their happiest places and the fight for their dream reality. It’s a beautiful poem about aspirations and hope. I really love it for the dreamy aura and the alliteration.

  8. Luke on May 10, 2023 at 3:20 AM

    This poem moved me and was beautifully written. The details brought me into the scene with you and I really enjoyed reading it. I wish you the absolute best.

  9. Rah on May 22, 2023 at 11:08 PM

    Keeping dreaming because the vision that you see in your dreams is what you shall become. Hold on to that ticket.

  10. Christie A on June 9, 2023 at 6:59 AM

    So much evocative imagery, these words were playing out in my head like scenes from a movie. To be jarred from that, and then that last line; so moving. Keep holding on that hope.

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