And just like that
the boom, that bang
so loud and startling,
I didn’t even notice its power
until I laid on the stable earth below me.
On my back looking up,
I stare into the brightest blue sky I’ve ever seen.
I wish I did this more often.
But, something tells me that
I’ll get to do this much more often.
I’m in the midst of a sunflower field.
The tall yellow beauties sway with the breeze.
I know I’m in a lot of pain, but I don’t feel anything.
I start to float, not in a specific direction,
but everywhere and nowhere all at once.
I’m only conscious and am looking
at a man putting a coat over my body.
This is an act of respect,
not of disgust and fear of looking at me.
I am honored and hope he gets everything he wants in life.
I see the man that sat next to me on the plane.
He was upset on the phone.
Life wasn’t going as he planned.
But he lie there in the warm soil
between the rows of growth.
His humbled face,
with a smile wider than his new wings,
actually, all of us of where we are.
Welcome aboard, life is good.
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR:
Inspired by the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 incident.
Vocalist Rachel McLaughlin is a Chicagoland native who is studying vocal performance at Valparaiso University. Accompanying her major, Rachel is pursuing a minor in public relations, as she believes it is a growing and important field in relation to the 21st century music industry. She has appeared as a soloist with the South Western Michigan Vocal Festival’s Honors Choir and with the Young Americans. Rachel has sung the national anthem at a wide variety of venues including: Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Four Winds Field, and Silver Beach Pavilion, to name a few.
Through her music and public relations experience she wants to provide the people of the world with an emotional connection and personal expression, all through music. By giving back through her performing and songwriting, she can share and honor the career development support she's received during this process.