Planes & Poetry

By J. Wilson

Smeared lipstick &
spray tan on bedsheets.
Secrets kept in hotel rooms
in the cobwebbed cities
we fly into.
But you’re an LA & I’m more of
a Denver
A Pinterest to your Tinder

Marlboro Reds and Ambien-
An entire year of them
Living off of energy drinks and protein bars
Be kinder to yourself.
You get this one shell
this lifetime
and look
at how reckless.
You are not Hemingway
you are not tragic
it is not romantic
But, man! don’t you want to
burn burn burn
Like fabulous yellow Roman candles?!
Here you go again with the
Just lay it down. Lay the weapons down.

(But where would the fun be in that…And what the hell would you write about?)

Virgin America Flight Plane Airbus Flight Attendant

You can find more of Jade’s thoughts and travel photos by following her on Instagram at, @jadeinthesky.

About the Author

Hello, I’m K. J. Watts, but my friends call me Kara. I fell into the sky and have worked as International cabin crew, on private jets as a corporate flight attendant, and earned an FAA Private Pilot Certificate. Over a decade ago, I started this blog, which developed into a love for writing and a debut memoir based on Flight Attendant Life. A California native, I now live in Sydney, Australia, where I enjoy spending time with my husband, writing, and surfing.

  1. Jade, I am truly touched! I never knew that, “a well-polished & glamorous smile of a flight attendant which mesmerizes every flyer, holds so much of pain behind”. Thanks for sharing. I will love to read more from you…. By nature I love to research on various lives, so that I can be a hand to some before I leave this earth to meet my Father in Heaven’. Would be please explain me all about the life, challenges & struggles of flight attendants? Below is my email for next interaction… waiting to get you back!

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